The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) has launched a call for evidence to inform an inspection of the immigration system as it relates to the agricultural sector. The ICIBI is interested in assessing the extent to which the Home Office’s immigration functions support the agricultural sector and how they could be improved.
In particular those employing, or not being able to employ due to labour shortages, seasonal workers in the horticulture sector – which means those growing:
This is an opportunity to give feedback about how the immigration system currently addresses shortages of seasonal workers. With some areas missing up to 75% of their seasonal workers, it has never been so important to have your voice heard. Your response will help influence the scope and focus of the inspection, which in turn can help drive policy development to ensure that the necessary changes are made.
Your responses can include comments on a variety of issues, but in particular the inspection is expected to examine the following areas:
Your responses all need to be submitted by 20 June 2022 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘Agricultural sector call for evidence’ in the subject line and the following consent statement in the body of your email: “I consent to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration retaining and processing the information and data in this email.”
Whilst your response does not require any legal input, we have a strong Immigration Team who work alongside the Agriculture Team at Michelmores and can assist with any queries you may have when it comes to employing workers from abroad.