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Employing illegal immigrants now a criminal offence, warns Government 31 October 2008

THE Island’s Immigration Office is reminding employers that giving work to illegal immigrants is now a criminal offence.

With effect from May 1 this year, it is an offence to employ someone subject to immigration control who does not have leave to be in the Isle of Man, or to work here.

However, it is a defence for employers to show that they checked and recorded certain specified documents before the person was taken on.

The new law is in line with changes in the United Kingdom aimed at discouraging illegal immigration and the exploitation of illegal workers.

A guide for local employers has been produced by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Immigration Office, containing information and best practice advice on how to implement the legislation. It can be downloaded from the DTI website on www.emplaw.gov.im.

Further information or guidance on immigration matters can be obtained by phoning the Immigration Office on 685203 or emailing Immigration@cso.gov.im.

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