If you do not currently have authorisation to be in the country but are working, it can be very difficult to negotiate with your employer regarding pay and working conditions.
Working without authorisation in the UK is a criminal offence and those who are caught risk prosecution, imprisonment, fines or deportation.
If you feel that you are being exploited by your employer or forced to accept unsafe working conditions which you feel are putting yourself or others at greater risk of coronavirus, you have options to receive help and support.
Understanding more about your options as an irregular migrant through the Citizens Advice Bureau
Getting in contact with migrant rights charities who may be able to provide legal advice or financial support. Some good places to start are:
- The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants – provides free legal advice, resources and trainings
- The Public Interest Law Centre - specialises in public law, actions against public authorities and public inquiries.
- Migrant Rights Network – for helpful information on migration policies
- Latin American Women's Society – help and advice for Latin American women. Click here for Español and Português