The UK Border Agency arrested four immigration offenders last week during a raid by officers targetting illegal workers on a construction site in Manchester.
The UK Border Agency said the enforcement operation was part of a nationwide campaign to tackle illegal working, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised immigration crime.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited the building site on Smith Street, Rochdale at 11:00 and questioned staff to ensure they had the right to work in the UK.
The Indian men aged between 29 and 42 were arrested for immigration offences including illegal working and breach of visa conditions. The agency said they are ‘now taking steps to remove all four men from the UK’, which presumably means they have not yet been deported.
The agency employing the construction site workers will be issued with a civil penalty notice for employing illegal workers. If they are unable to prove they conducted the correct pre-employment checks on staff they may be liable for a fine of up to £10,000 per worker – a total of £40,000. Source: UK Border Agency.
Employers can get around the immigration and many employment rules by employing workers via agencies. Reputable agencies make proper immigration checks on their workers, but not all are so vigilant.
Joanna, an administrator for NVQ and Management training college Majestic College, has met a number of Bulgarian and Romanian workers, who do not have the same right to work as other EU members, working on a ‘self employed’ basis (some without Yellow Cards) via agencies on ‘unfavourable’ terms and conditions. She said:
‘Some workers are exploited by agencies or employers who use the fact that they are illegal to control them and deny them basic employment rights.
‘Once they start a course with us we help them legalise their stay and apply for a Yellow Card.
”We also help find them a proper job – employed and paying tax via the employer, not as self employed, and once they have this security they are much happier’
After 12 months of continuous work a Bulgarian or Romanian student worker can apply for a permanent residence ‘blue card’.
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: email@example.com or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk
Majestic College offer special packages for EU students – NVQ or QCF Vocational courses which allow students to effectively work full time because they are taking a vocational course. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to offer jobs to Bulgarians and Romanians.
Majestic College also offer free support with BR1 or Yellow Card applications.
For more information and a free consultation call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org