An inspection of the immigration system as it relates to the agricultural sector

Following the call for evidence Released in May, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration set out the scope of his inspection of the immigration system as it relates to the agricultural sector.

The Borders Act 2007 requires the Chief Inspector to monitor and report on the efficiency and effectiveness of areas relating to immigration and border functions carried out on behalf of the Home Secretary. Therefore, the scope will be limited to areas that fall under the direct responsibility of the Ministry of Interior. The inspection will focus in particular on:

  • the effectiveness of the immigration pathways available to agricultural workers, including through the skilled worker pathway and the seasonal worker pathway, to support the UK agricultural sector
  • the extent and quality of communication and engagement between the Home Office and the agricultural sector
  • the effectiveness of compliance requirements placed on sponsors and how the Home Office ensures that sponsors of migrant farm workers comply with requirements, including those relating to worker welfare and employment conditions .

The inspection team plans to report to the Home Secretary by September.

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Lana T. Arthur