Illegal working

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What happens if I work in the UK Illegally?

The penalties for this are, unfortunately, becoming ever more severe, and increasingly will have a severe impact on your employer as well as constituting a significant ‘black mark’ in your own immigration history which could count against you not only when trying to enter the UK, but also when applying for visas of other western countries.

As far as your employer is concerned, they could be fined up to £5000, and will soon face the prospect of significant business discontinuity costs as you can be walked off site and onto a plane with no notice.