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New Immigration Bill, October 2013: cause for concern or appeasing public sentiment?

December 2013 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Magrath LLP.

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The year 2013 has seen a string of reforms to the immigration system by the current coalition government. On 10 October, the government published a Bill aimed at continuing its drive to reduce net migration figures. ‚Ä©

Immigration minister Mark Harper MP stated, ‚ÄėThe government is determined to build a fairer system and address public concern about immigration'. However, the government's attitude towards immigration and this latest Bill raises deep concerns with regards to how ‚Äėfair' our immigration system currently is and will become in the future. ‚Ä©

The main provisions of the October Bill will affect migrants' access to public services, facilities and employment, removal and other powers, appeals and marriages and civil partnerships. ‚Ä©

New Schengen EU Regulations: impact on short-stay visa visitors

December 2013 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Magrath LLP.

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The publication on 26 June 2013 of the European Union Regulation EU 610/2013 modified the incumbent Regulation EU 562/2006 in relation to third country nationals (ie non-EU citizens) and those travelling on a short-stay visitor visa, as well as those who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria. Exceptions include EU and EEA nationals travelling to other EU/EEA states within the Schengen area together with foreign nationals holding either long-stay or residence permits for their destination Schengen countries.‚Ä©

Coming into force on 18 October 2013, the updated regulation, EU 610/2013, seeks to establish ‚Äėclear, simple and harmonised rules' with regard to the ‚Äėcalculation of the authorised length of short-term stays in the Union' and defined the travel document requirements for such short-stay travellers for tourism, business or family visit purposes.‚Ä©

Employing Croatian nationals following the country’s entry into the EEA

November 2013 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Magrath LLP.

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On 1 July 2013, Croatia joined the European Economic Area (EEA) and, as such, Croatian citizens are now able to enter and reside in the UK without needing to acquire a visa - provided they are not an unreasonable burden on public funds. ‚Ä©

Controlling immigration: an Asian perspective

October 2013 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Magrath LLP.

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In August 2013, UK Home Office officials, with British police officers in tow, conducted a series of checks, mainly at railway stations, as they sought to find immigrants illegally living in the UK. As well as the spot checks at transport hubs there were raids on workplaces, targeting employers who offer work to illegal immigrants. The Home Office officials' actions followed the rollout of a number of vans displaying signs encouraging illegal immigrants to ‚Äėgo home' in a Home Office pilot scheme, which was deemed ‚Äėstupid and offensive' by Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat business secretary, although conversely a 10 Downing Street spokesperson stated that the posters ‚Ä®and leaflets were attracting a ‚Äėgreat deal ‚Ä®of interest'. ‚Ä©

UK government tightens stance on illegal working

September 2013 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Magrath LLP.

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The UK government launched a consultation on the prevention of illegal working on 9 July 2013. The proposed changes to the civil penalty regime signal a tougher approach to dealing with businesses that employ illegal workers and those who have overstayed their visas.‚Ä©

The government tightened its stance on illegal working in February 2008 by imposing fines on employers of up to £10,000 per illegal worker, along with a requirement for businesses to carry out annual employment verification checks on all non-EEA nationals subject to immigration control. In December 2012, our article on this subject reported that the Home Office had issued over 
300 civil penalties across the UK between 1 January 2012 and 31 March 2012, at a total value of over £3m. A recent report from the Home Office confirms that nearly 250 civil penalties were issued between 
1 October 2012 and 31 December 2012, at a total gross value of over £2m. While in many cases fines have been reduced on appeal, the civil penalty regime still provides the government with a large revenue stream. The government's recent proposal to increase the maximum civil penalty from £10,000 to £20,000 is likely to result in an increase in the value of fines issued across the UK.