Illegal Workers and Penalties

The employment of illegal workers in many countries carry penalties for the Employer, as well as the employee.

An illegal worker is normally defined as someone in the country without a valid working visa.

Example penalties are:


People convicted  face fines of up to $13,200 and two years’ imprisonment, while companies face fines of up to $66,000 per illegal worker.
The offences apply to employers, labour hire companies, employment agencies and anyone who allows illegal workers to work or refers illegal workers for work.

United Kingdom:

You can be fined up to £10,000 for each illegal worker or face criminal prosecution.
If you knowingly employ an illegal worker, you can also go to jail for up to 2 years and receive an unlimited fine.


Employers who hire foreigners without valid work passes can be prosecuted under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act

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