Migrant charge to pay for immigration crackdown

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PEOPLE arriving in Jersey to work and the companies that employ them are to be charged more for the privilege under new plans aimed at raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to pay for a crackdown on immigration.

The measures announced by ministers aim to raise £600,000 a year. The money is to be used to plug the Island's skills gap and enforcing existing immigration controls.

Of the money brought in by the increases in fees under the Control of Housing and Work Law, half will be used to pay for immigration controls, including funding initiatives to reduce the number of licences being used by businesses and to make sure that companies are not flouting the law.

The remaining £300,000 a year will be ploughed into skills and training, further details about which are due to be made public later this year.

The fee increases, which are the first since the law came into force in 2013, include the introduction of a new £50 annual fee for businesses per registered permission, excluding peak season staff, which would raise about £300,000 per year.

That proposal needs to be approved by the States before it can come into force on 1 November.

The changes, some of which are due to come into force in July and do not need the approval of the States, also include fee increases for businesses visiting Jersey for work and increasing the cost of registration cards for registered and licensed people from £75 to £80.

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