The Public Enquiry Office (“PEO”) in Croydon has confirmed that their IT system is not coping with the high increase in applications and urgently needs an IT upgrade. Consequently, all premium service same day appointments booked after 1 pm between 3 and 18 May 2012 are being cancelled by the PEO and texts to confirm this are being sent out to all applicants on the mobile number provided on the initial booking. No alternative appointments are being offered although the PEO has stated that for exceptional cases where an applicant’s leave is due to expire and they need to travel urgently, representations can be made to try to secure an alternative appointment. For all other applicants a postal application will need to be submitted.

Payments in Advance with Online Booking

Where an application is being submitted online under Tier 2 or Tier 5, or where interactive forms SET(O), SET(M), FLR(O), FLR(M) or NTL are being used, payment must also be made online.  For appointments at the PEO, this must be at least 48 hours after the online payment has been made and the unique payment reference number must be taken to the appointment. The UK Border Agency Publishes Details of Employers in Breach of Illegal

Working Rules

The UK Border Agency (“UKBA”) has begun publishing quarterly reports detailing the penalties given to people or organisations who employ illegal workers.  This links in with our news item last month where we reported that UKBA compliance visits appear to be on the increase, and is in line with the emphasis being placed on compliance and enforcement proceedings.