Law firm Ward Hadaway, which has an office in Newcastle, has set up a specialist team to help businesses and organisations pilot their way through the growing list of regulations surrounding immigration.
The UK Top 100 firm’s Immigration Team has been established in response to the wave of new legislation governing the employment of foreign workers in the UK.
Already, the Government has unveiled plans to crack down further on companies employing illegal immigrants, with hefty fines for those found guilty.
Rules governing visas for temporary foreign workers have also been overhauled with a points-based system and income thresholds for longer stays have changed.
This month, the picture is set to alter yet again when new Immigration Rules come into effect.
Employment lawyer Charlotte Ashton, a member of the new team, said: “Immigration remains something of a political hot potato, but it is employers who are at the sharp end of things and who have to deal with the practical implications of Government policy.
“What they want above all is clarity – they need to know where they stand when it comes to employing staff from outside the UK, what they can and can’t do and what steps they need to take to ensure they stay on the right side of the law.
“This is one of the reasons why we have set up a special Immigration Team at Ward Hadaway.”