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(1)This section applies where on an application made by an immigration officer in respect of business premises a justice of the peace is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing—
(a)that an employer has provided inaccurate or incomplete information under section 134 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (compulsory disclosure by employer),
(b)that employee records, other than items subject to legal privilege, will be found on the premises and will enable deduction of some or all of the information which the employer was required to provide, and
(c)that at least one of the conditions in subsection (2) is satisfied.
(2)Those conditions are—
(a)that it is not practicable to communicate with a person entitled to grant access to the premises,
(b)that it is not practicable to communicate with a person entitled to grant access to the records,
(c)that entry to the premises or access to the records will not be granted unless a warrant is produced, and
(d)that the purpose of a search may be frustrated or seriously prejudiced unless an immigration officer arriving at the premises can secure immediate entry.
(3)The justice of the peace may issue a warrant authorising an immigration officer to enter and search the premises.
(4)Subsection (7)(a) of section 28D shall have effect for the purposes of this section as it has effect for the purposes of that section.
(5)An immigration officer searching premises under a warrant issued under this section may seize and retain employee records, other than items subject to legal privilege, which he reasonably suspects will be of substantial value (whether on their own or together with other material) in the investigation of—
(a)an offence under section 137 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (disclosure of information: offences) in respect of a requirement under section 134 of that Act, or
(b)an offence under section 105 or 106 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (support for asylum-seeker: fraud).]
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