Immigration Bill receives Royal Assent

James Brokenshire has welcomed news that the Government’s Immigration Bill has received Royal Assent, completing the legislative process that will support the Government’s efforts to crack down on illegal migration and ensure that the immigration system works in the national interest.

The 2016 Immigration Act builds upon the previous Immigration Act passed during the last Parliament and makes it more difficult for those with no right to be here to remain in the UK. The act includes measures to:

- Help tackle illegal employment, creating a new offence of illegal working for the first time

- Make it more difficult for those here illegally to find accommodation by asking landlords to carry out immigration status checks

- Give Immigration Officers new powers to search suspect individuals and property

- Electronically tag foreign national offenders on immigration bail

- Reduce the support provided for people whose asylum claims have been rejected to better support those who face genuine barriers to leaving the UK

- Support the resettlement of unaccompanied children fleeing conflict

- Ensure all public employees have a good command of the English language

- Help reduce the UK’s reliance on foreign labour by boosting the skills of young people through a new skills levy.

Combined, these measures provide new measures to restrict illegal entry into the UK and help create a fairer and more controlled immigration syste.

Commenting in his role as Immigration Minister, James said:

“The message is clear - if you are here illegally, you shouldn’t be entitled to receive the everyday benefits and services available to hard-working UK families and people who have come to this country legitimately to contribute. Whether it is working, renting a flat, having a bank account or driving a car, the new immigration act will help us to take tougher action than ever before on those who flout the law.”

“These changes will deter illegal migrants from trying to reach the UK by preventing them from accessing benefits or services in this country and make it easier for us to remove those with no right to be here. At the same time, it will help us tackle the exploitation of low-skilled workers, create a fairer and more humane detention system and offer the vulnerable sanctuary.”