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Entry Clearances: Business

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the UK Border Agency will check that a foreign national entering the country as a business visitor does not work whilst in the UK. (241609)

Visa nationals seeking to enter the United Kingdom as business visitors need to satisfy the entry clearance officer and, along with non-visa nationals, the immigration officer that they meet the requirements for business visitors in the immigration rules. The rules include a requirement that the person is intending to undertake a permissible business visitor activity in the UK.

The UK Border Agency is committed to tackling illegal migrant working and will act on any intelligence it receives that a business is employing illegal workers. Those individuals who are found to be working in breach of their granted leave may be subject to appropriate enforcement action.

Equally, if an employer is found to be employing an illegal migrant worker and they have not ensured that the person has full entitlement to work in the UK, then they may be subject to a civil penalty of up to £10,000 or, in more serious cases, criminal prosecution. If convicted on indictment, the employer may face an unlimited fine and in some cases, imprisonment for up to two years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records UK Border Agency will keep of the companies that receive individuals who have entered the UK as a business visitor to act as advisers, consultants, trainers or trouble shooters for those companies. (241610)

The UK Border Agency does not keep records of companies that have received persons who have entered the UK as a business visitor.