Life in the United Kingdom is to become more difficult for those who do not have the legal documents to stay and work in the UK. With a New UK Immigration Bill, Illegal workers may face six months jail.
People who work illegally in England and Wales will face up to six months in prison, under proposals to be included in the forthcoming Immigration Bill. The bill, to be introduced in the autumn, will also contain measures against takeaway restaurants and off-licences which employ illegal migrants in the UK.
Takeaways and off-licences shops in the UK could lose their licences if they were found to be employing illegal workers. Officials are also considering whether this provision should be extended to cover minicab drivers and operators.
The legal defence for other kinds of business discovered using illegal workers will also change.
They will no longer be able to claim they did not know a particular employee was not allowed to work – they will have to show that they carried out proper checks before taking them on.
Penalties for illegal workers will also include an unlimited fine and wages being seized.
The maximum sentence for employers found guilty will be raised from two to five years, in addition to the fines of cash payments already in force.
My advice; if you are going to the UK from Nigeria to do anything like to study, please make sure you are ready to go back to Nigeria after your studies or before your visa expires. You can always apply to come back any other time for anything and be sure you stand a chance of being granted a visa to the UK again.