Changes to student visa laws to affect hospitality employers

By Becky Paskin

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Employers flouting the new student visa laws may have to pay up to £10k per worker
Employers flouting the new student visa laws may have to pay up to £10k per worker
Hotels, restaurants and pubs employing students from outside the EU will need to cap their working hours to just 10 per week under new legislation that comes into force on 3 March 2010

Non-EU students studying on a below-degree level course can currently work up to 20 hours a week during term-time, but the number of hours will soon be cut in half under changes to student visas announced by the Home Secretary.

Christopher Delamare, solicitor in the immigration team at Davenport Lyons, said:  “Businesses in the hospitality industry, which often rely on migrant workers who are in the UK studying, will be especially hard hit by the rule change. If the new 10-hour limit is exceeded, the business could find itself liable to pay a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per worker and could be liable to a criminal offence, the penalties for which include an unlimited fine and up to six months imprisonment.”

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