Immigration & Customs Compliance

Immigration & Customs Compliance

Meeting regulatory compliance frameworks in immigration, customs, and security practice is an ever-increasing challenge for government. Volume, complexity, and risk continue to rise. Borders no longer align with ports of entry alone. Increasingly, compliance checks are undertaken before arrival and in country as well.

This means that service providers in the private sector are facing an increase in demand from government to undertake regulatory checks, often facing penalties for failure to comply. This has become particularly relevant in the UK following Brexit, and the ending of free movement between the UK and Europe.

Our Customs team are fully conversant with the new UK Border Operating Model and the complexities of moving goods in and out of the UK swiftly and efficiently, making best use of state of the art technology and trusted trader systems to meet government requirements.

On the people side, the new U.K. Immigration Points Based system places new requirements upon employers to obtain sponsorship licences and conduct new right to work checks on EU, EEA and Swiss workers that have not been necessary in the past.

Our expert team of associates provide training and advice to private companies who are affected by these changes, including how the new immigration regulations will work in practice, and what documentary and other workforce checks will be needed under the new system. Our team is also on hand to conduct mock workforce audits to help UK employers and their employees to comply with the new laws, thus maximising their opportunity to obtain and retain sponsorship licences whilst simultaneously minimising the risk of fraud or penalties for non-compliance.

We work closely with world class legal services and technology providers to deliver a comprehensive end to end service for UK employers and other organisations affected by the changes.