Here is what you should know and be aware of:
UKVI’s mandate is to decrease illegal workers in the UK. This is done through unannounced visits to business premises, caught illegal workers and take actions under the UK Immigration Laws. The UKVI also investigate Sponsor Licence holders and if companies are employing illegal workers, sponsors can receive penalties, followed by suspension and revocation of their licence; Civil penalties are meant to be a deterrent to hiring illegal workers, but many businesses are facing charges with no intention of using illegal workers; Civil penalties can include fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker, criminal charges, loss of Sponsor Licence, and loss of a company’s entire skilled foreign workforce, Name & Shame – UKVI may publish your details online.
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Help! I Cannot Pay Civil Penalty Notice Issued By Home Office
Receiving a civil penalty for unknowingly employing illegal employees is one of the biggest upsets an employer can face. Often, a Civil Penalty Notice comes after an organisation has received a surprise visit from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) officials who discover that, unbeknown to you, non-EEA workers who do not have a valid visa…
Success Story on Civil Penalty Notice for Employing Illegal Workers
Company receives notice from UKVI for employing illegal workers, Civil Penalty Reduced to Zero.
A Y & J Solicitors had the privilege of assisting a reputable Care Home company by resolving a UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) civil penalty with NO action—ZERO penalties! UKVI (Home Office) alleged that company DV employed an illegal worker. On 21st July 2017, Home Office issued a penalty of £10,000, which was payable by…
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Challenging Civil Penalty Notice Issued by Home Office
We are a specialised UK immigration law firm.
This video is about Civil Penalty Notice issued by the Home Office for employing illegal migrants.
Let’s see as to how Civil Penalties Create Severe Problems.
Number 1: The Fine is up to 20,000 pounds per illegal worker, so it may cause severe financial implication.
Number 2: These penalties result in a negative record (i.e. Name and shame) as Home Office publishes the records online with the Company Name who get caught employing illegal workers.
Number 3 It may lead to criminal prosecution
Fortunately, receiving a civil penalty does not have to be a finality. If the business takes quick action and challenge the civil penalty if they have good grounds in defense, then there are possibilities to overturn the decision or reduce the penalty.
What can you do after receiving the Civil Penalty Notice?
You have the option to appeal a civil penalty notice. If your civil penalty is for the employment of illegal workers, you have a time frame of 28 days when you can either appeal the penalty or pay the fine in its entirety. There is no flexibility with this window of time, so you must be quick in your response.
It’s important to note that if an appeal leads to the revelation of more damaging information against your company, the penalties may increase. It’s vital to get an expert advice before proceeding and ensure that your appeal position is strong.
The first point of action is to lodge a written objection. If this written objection is unsuccessful, you can request a hearing to present your appeal.
Let me share our recent success story.
A Y & J Solicitors were instructed by a reputed company with over 25 years’ experience in the property services for their Civil Penalty matter.
They were alleged of employing 5 illegal workers with a potential threat of a fine maximum up to a total of £1,00,000.
We represented this client on their Civil Penalty matter and managed to get a NO action notice from the Home Office, i.e. ZERO penalties.
See here (watch the video), a letter from the Home Office’s NO action notice for this client.
Of course, every case would be decided on its own merits, and the outcome of the case depends on the quality of information/documents. Having said that, we are well placed to bring a difference in our client’s Civil Penalty matter employing our niche extensive experience and expertise in this area.
The expert team at A Y & J Solicitors has had success reducing Civil Penalty for small to large organisations.
If you require legal advice in relation to Civil Penalty Notice, please contact us today. Our contact details are at the bottom of the video. We are happy to help. Thank you.
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Appeal Home Office Civil Penalty Notice
Appeal Civil Penalty Notice
Civil Penalty Notice for Illegal Working Employees Civil Penalty Notices are issued by Home Office if they found that business is employing illegal workers. Amplified pressure on the British government to eliminate illegal working has led to a significant increase in the issuance of civil penalties to various businesses. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has…