Immigration Offences

Immigration-related offences cover a broad range of actions, from entering the UK without a passport to human trafficking. If you are found to be in breach of immigration legislation, harsh penalties – including custodial sentences – can be imposed.

There are often multiple agencies involved in these cases as well as the police. Where there is a cross-jurisdictional element, the bodies involved in the investigation can be even larger. It is therefore vitally important that anyone in this situation gets expert legal advice as soon as they are aware of an allegation.

From our offices in the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and Tunisia, our team can assist with immigration offences with a cross-border issue. Our multi-lingual lawyers can guide clients through the legal process in their own language, making it easier for them to understand the process and what is happening with their case. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help, complete the online enquiry form or email us at

What are immigration offences?

Our specialist immigration lawyers can help clients with a broad range of activities that are considered an immigration offence, including:

False documents

Whether you have been in possession of false documents, accused of forging identity documents, altering a document or making a false statement, you can face serious charges. Our team can advise clients on their best options and will robustly defend them against such allegations by ensuring we understand all the facts pertaining to our client’s case.

Leave to enter and remain

There are various offences related to leave and remain, including:

  • Obtaining leave by deception
  • Entering without leave
  • Disembarking during removal
  • Embarking unlawfully
  • Absconding
  • Remaining beyond time limited by leave
  • Failure to observe a condition of leave
  • Failure to cooperate with arrangements for removal

We will give personalised advice to our clients in line with the circumstances of their case to make sure that the best possible outcome is achieved.

Assisting and facilitating

If you find yourself in a position where you are facing charges of facilitation, get in touch with our team today. The penalties for facilitating illegal immigration are severe, with offences ranging from:

  • Assaulting or obstructing an immigration officer
  • Assisting unlawful immigration to a member state
  • Facilitating the arrival of an asylum-seeker
  • Facilitating the commission of a breach of immigration law
  • Assisting entry in breach of a deportation or exclusion order

If you have been accused of facilitation, you’re likely to feel extremely concerned about what may happen. Our expert lawyers will make sure that you feel supported throughout to make the legal process feel less daunting and overwhelming.

Illegal work

Both an employee and employer can be charged with an immigration offence. These are complicated offences and can have a far-reaching impact on individuals, their families, as well as their businesses. At Giambrone, we can advise clients on immigration charges related to:

  • Knowingly employing adults subject to immigration control
  • Working illegally
  • Failure by an employer or financial institution to disclose information to the Secretary of State

Trafficking and modern slavery

We understand this can be a very sensitive area of law and that clients facing these charges are likely to find the situation that they are in very stressful. If you have been accused of trafficking people for exploitation (including sexual exploitation) or modern slavery, speak with a member of our criminal defence team today

Contact our Immigration Offences Lawyers in the UK

We recognise that being charged with an immigration offence is a very serious situation and one that can have significant consequences. Our specialist immigration offences lawyers can represent you throughout your whole case to ensure the best outcome in your circumstances.

We can assist clients facing charges in foreign countries by advising them in their own language and our expert knowledge means we can advise you on the best approach for your case. If you require further information or assistance, please complete the online enquiry form or email us at