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Olympic security staff due to work at a venue in the North of the country were arrested last week on suspicion of immigration offences.

The trio were employed as security guards at St James’ Park football stadium in Newcastle.

Staff from the UK Border Agency made the arrests alongside officers from Northumbria Police after acting on intelligence and carrying out routine checks.

The three were employed by a private security firm, but were not G4S staff. Newcastle City Council replaced G45 with local firms earlier this week, amid concerns over the company’s staffing.

The Home Office said they were were arrested on Wednesday, just 24 hours before the Mexico and South Korea match at the stadium.

”These arrests show that UK Border Agency security checks are working,” A spokesman said.

”The responsibility for ensuring that employees have the right to work in the UK rests with the employer.

”The UK Border Agency is working closely with employers and contractors at Olympics venues to prevent illegal working.”

The arrest comes as authorities launch the biggest-ever peacetime security operation.

A force of more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel, backed by a huge intelligence operation, has turned the British capital into a fortress to protect venues, athletes and millions of UK visitors.

But security has been under the spotlight after the government was forced to deploy an extra 4,700 troops to guard the Games because private contractor G4S could not recruit enough staff. 

Employers, who can be fined up to £10,000 for employing illegal workers, should note that UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals were extended until the end of 2013 last year. Romanian and Bulgarian (EU2) nationals seeking to work in the UK will still need permission from the UK Border Agency before they can work in the UK.

Even though they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries. See: Free Movement of EU nationals explained.

Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card registration permits can work and study full time on vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care

See also:

Is the EU’s ‘Free Movement’ dream over?

European Commission warning to UK on Free Movement rights and Comprehensive Sickness Insurance remains unanswered

Health care workers needed in UK now

HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE UK BORDER AGENCY WEBSITE

Free Movement of EU nationals explained

New Government funded courses available for Bulgarian and Romanian EU students

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

Yellow or Blue Card Refused – Appeal or Reapply?

Romanian Gangmaster Sara Recruitment loses licence for self-employment sham

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

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: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

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.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email   info@majesticcollege.org

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  3. randy mades says :

    correction,shaleynar mades

  4. randy mades says :

    my wife shaleymar msdes overstays her visa now working at home care connection(the)which Rita Craig manages,think this is at hendon.want her to get caught and be sent home soon,hope this will have an action

  5. […] Immigration Matters recently reported that a private security firm contracted for the Olympic Games was found to be employing illegal immigrants. […]

  6. What action will the UKBA take? As Paul Daniels would say: ‘Not a lot’

  7. msbhavaniprasad says :

    If a complaint is given about a person who has recently received his permanent resident card to live in UK who was a school dropout but managed to get work permit through forged certificates and now working in a hotel at Birmingham,I shall disclose his name and place of employment once if I know what is the action that will be taken against him.

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