UK Border Agency officers in Leicester have arrested 10 illegal immigrants during a raid in Leicester.
The raids took place in the Evington area on Wednesday and were based on tip-offs the agency had received.
The officers arrested three Indian men, aged 24, 27 and 33, at a property in Meynell Road, two Indian men, aged 26 and 48, at a property in Thurlby Road and five men from Afghanistan at a property in Maynard Road. The agency said none of those caught had the right to remain in the UK.
Some had overstayed visas while others had entered the country illegally or were failed asylum seekers. Eight men were detained while action is taken to remove them from the country.
The remaining two were temporarily released on immigration bail while the UK Border Agency works to obtain travel documents to return them to India.
Phil Rudkin, of the UK Border Agency, said: “These visits send out a clear message that we will find, arrest and remove foreign nationals with no right to be in the UK.”
Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously. Source: Mercury.
The UK Border Agency is continuing to crack down on illegal working all over the country and more and more business owners are being fined.
In a typical story the Sunderland Echo reports that four suspected illegal workers have been arrested after raids on two Chinese stores.
UK Border Agency officers swooped on a Southwick takeaway and a Sunderland city centre food store, after being tipped off about possible illegal employees working there.
Three men and a woman were arrested, leaving business bosses facing possible hefty fines of up to £20,000 each.
Two arrests were made at The Oriental House Chinese restaurant at Beaumont Street, Southwick.
A Chinese man, believed to be a failed asylum seeker who did not have permission to work, was dismissed from employment.
At Fortune Oriental Foods, in Fawcett Street, two Chinese men, aged 42 and 48, were arrested on suspicion of absconding from immigration restrictions.
The businesses were issued with civil penalty notices of £10,000 per illegal worker found – a potential total of £20,000 for the restaurant and £20,000 for the food store.
Mr Wilson said: “Illegal working is not victimless and often people who are found to be working illegally are themselves victims.
“They may have been trafficked in or are working for a very low wage that is below the minimum wage and very long hours.
“The other important thing is the employers are trying to cheat the public purse by not paying tax like everyone else.
“It undercuts honest traders, defrauds the public purse and takes advantage of some of society’s most vulnerable people.”
The businesses have 30 days to prove they carried out proper checks on their workers, or will face having to pay the fines.
Mr Wilson said: “By trying to save money by underpaying and avoiding tax, businesses could end up considerably worse off.
“We will come down hard on those employers who seek to abuse immigration law.
“Our message to employers could not be clearer.
“No matter where you are, if you chose to use illegal labour we will find you and we will take action.”
Anyone who suspects illegal workers are being employed can contact the Northumbria Local Immigration Team on 238 0484 or online at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime.
There is still confusion over the rights of foreign students, some of whom can work 20 hours per week and some who cannot work at all, student dependants and EU members Bulgarians and Romanians, who do not enjoy full rights to work in the UK like other citizens of the European Union.
Many employers are unaware that they are employing European Union workers illegally and do not realise that Bulgarian and Romanian EU citizens need permission to work as employees in the UK.
This can take the form of various types of work permits, e.g. SAWS or Yellow Cards.
If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email:
Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.
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You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card holder – in fact any visa type – even if you are no longer legal or even in the UK!