Immigration Act 2016 introduces powers to curb illegal working

Implementation date: To be confirmed

The Immigration Act 2016 (which received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016) aims to tackle illegal working and to reduce Britain's reliance on migrant workers. While some sections of the Act have received commencement dates, provisions that are still awaiting regulations or commencement dates include those providing: new powers for immigration officers to close businesses that employ illegal workers; the introduction of an immigration skills charge on businesses that use skilled migrant workers from outside the European Economic Area; and an English language requirement for public service workers.