Three people have been arrested for working illegally following a UK Border Agency raid on a beauty salon in Slough this week, the UK Border Agency said.
Acting on intelligence, officers went to Sam’s Hair and Beauty Studio on Chalvey Road on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 August. They checked staff records and questioned employees to ensure they had the right to work in the UK.
An 18-year-old male Iraqi failed asylum seeker was arrested, as were two women aged 26 and 40 from India and Pakistan who had both overstayed their visas.
The Iraqi and Indian both remain in detention pending their removal from the UK, while the Pakistani woman was granted immigration bail while our officers seek to get travel documents so that she can be deported.
The salon owners now face a fine of up to £30,000 for employing the three illegal workers, unless they can prove that they carried out the correct checks on their employees’ right to work.
Rob Allen, assistant director of the UK Border Agency’s Berkshire local immigration team, said:
‘This is the latest in a series of operations targeting Berkshire businesses suspected of employing illegal workers. More are planned.
‘Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work
‘We are happy to work with businesses to ensure that the right pre-employment checks are carried out, but those intent on operating outside the law should be warned that they will be found and they will be punished.’
Employers who do not know what they must do to avoid employing illegal workers should read the Illegal working section of the UK Border website, or they can call their helpline on 0300 123 4699.
UK Border Agency said if anyone suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business, they should phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact the UK Border Agency. Source: UKBA
Leading immigration adviser of Bison UK, Cynthia Barker, said:
‘Employers must ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK or risk a fine of up to £10,000, and if in doubt, take professional advice.
‘When I carry out audits for my clients I find the most common errors made by employers include: failing to check student visas and whether or not the visa is still valid, not checking that a student is studying, treating Bulgarian and Romanian workers in the same way as Polish EU staff and assuming a work permit is transferrable.’
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