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Immigration: Employment

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what means are provided to employers by her Department to enable the checking of the immigration status of prospective employees; and if she will make a statement. (159525)

The Border and Immigration Agency provides printed and online information, a telephone helpline and a checking service to support employers in establishing the immigration status of prospective employees. Employers are advised to comply with current legislation by checking and copying specified documents.

The Border and Immigration Agency employers’ helpline offers general advice on preventing illegal working and also acts as a first point of contact for employers concerned about false or forged documents. The Employer Checking Service enables employers to check the work status of individuals whose documents indicate a number of immigration application categories. We continue to review the service and assess how it can be expanded.

The Border and Immigration Agency also conducts a limited number of presentations to employers at their premises on how they can avoid employing illegal migrant workers. All guidance for employers will be revised and published in advance of the new law on preventing illegal migrant working, provided by the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, coming into force.