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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June 2005, 17:16 GMT 18:16 UK
At-a-glance: Immigration Bill
A quick guide to the new Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill, which was published on Wednesday.

Border controls

  • Immigration, police and customs officers, as well as the security services, allowed to access passenger information more easily and share the data between their different agencies

  • British agencies will be able to share more information with their overseas law enforcement counterparts

  • Immigration officers given powers to check identity using biometric details, such as fingerprints, contained in visas and other travel documents.

Illegal working

  • New on-the-spot fines of 2,000 for every illegal employee - could include parents hiring foreign nannies without visas

  • Those knowingly using illegal workers could be jailed for two years or face an unlimited fine

  • Bosses will have to ask to see visa documents, copy them and check they are genuine, as well as checking "at prescribed intervals" whether workers are allowed to be in the UK.


  • Those refused work or study visas to have their rights of appeal limited

  • Only close relatives will be able to appeal when people apply to come to the UK to visit their families.

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