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CSSA welcomes new online visa check tool

Published 4th January, 2012 by Neil Nixon

CSSA welcomes new online visa check tool

The Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA) has welcomed the announcement of a new visa check system that will allow employers to verify migrants’ visa status online. The scheme, which will be operational from early 2012, will help companies that hire migrant workers avoid the large fines imposed for employing workers who have forged or invalid work permits.

Immigration minister, Damian Green, said: "It is vital that we work with employers to give them the tools they need to meet their obligations. Our new online checking service will also turn up the pressure on those who wish to live and work here illegally. The message is clear - the UK is no longer a soft touch for illegal workers.”

Andrew Large, chief executive of the CSSA, said: “This is definitely a positive signal from the UK Border Agency and it shows that they are interested in offering better support for businesses. The CSSA has long argued that government policy towards migrant workers places too much responsibility on employers and not enough on the UK Borders Agency, with the increasing complexity of forgeries making it very difficult for companies to ensure that they always obey the law. In addition to this, the heavy fines in place for companies that employ illegal workers, even unknowingly, are a serious operational hazard for companies during difficult economic times. An online tool that could help cleaning contractors only employ workers who have the right to work in the UK will be warmly welcomed by the cleaning industry.”

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