Lords discusses Immigration Bill

15 January 2016

The Immigration Bill will begin its committee stage, the chance for line by line scrutiny, in the Lords on Monday 18 January.

Members of the Lords are expected to discuss amendments relating to the enforcement of labour market legislation, the protection of workers and access to health services.

A second day of committee stage is scheduled for 20 January.

Second reading: Tuesday 22 December

Members discussed the key points covered by the bill, including greater controls to combat illegal immigration and access to the UK, a requirement for all public sector workers in customer-facing roles to speak fluent English, and a charge for employers recruiting from outside the European Economic Area, with the money raised helping to train resident workers and fund apprenticeships in the UK.

Members raised a number of questions on issues including illegal working, support for asylum seekers, and if the bill should contain measures around reuniting families.

Immigration Bill summary

The bill will define laws around:

  • the law on immigration and asylum
  • access to services, facilities, licences and work by reference to immigration status
  • the Director of Labour Market Enforcement
  • language requirements for public sector workers
  • fees for passports and civil registration.

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