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Thousands of Migrants' UK Driving Licences Revoked Amid Fears They'll Work Illegally
Thousands of migrants’ UK driving licences revoked amid fears they’ll work illegally
THOUSANDS of illegal migrants have had their driving licences revoked in a clampdown on migrants using the documents to apply for jobs and open bank accounts.
Almost 27,000 people have had their UK licences voided since 2014 in the crackdown on undocumented migrants.
Statistics show licenses found on illegal migrants jumped 22 per cent from 2015 to 2016.
While the majority of migrants entered the country legally and obtained a licence through the proper channels, many then went on to overstay their visa.
After a passport, a UK driving license is the second most recognised form of ID and is widely accepted when applying for jobs, opening bank accounts, and signing tenancy agreements.
In the first month of the crackdown, in July 2014, when the Home Office gave the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) the powers to revoke licences, 3,500 licenses revoked.
The following year it was 9,700, and in 2016 that figure rose to 11,900.
As part of a package of measures designed to make it harder for illegal migrants to fly under the radar of the authorities, the UK Immigration Act 2014 time to create a “hostile environment” for them in the UK.
As well as the licence powers, other initiatives included Right to Rent checks by landlords, ensuring tenants have the right to live and work in the UK legally, an annual ‘health surcharge’ of between £150 and £200 towards the NHS for migrants staying longer than six months.
Also included was new powers to remove “harmful” migrants facing deportation before they can lodge an appeal.
But despite the increased checks and balances, the move was still criticised as being too lenient as when a license is revoked, the onus is on the authorities rather than the individual.
The process states the Home Office notifies the DVLA when somebody is found to be living illegally in the UK, they then receive a letter informing them their licence will be revoked and they have 10 days to appeal.
When the licence
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