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The UK Border Agency reports that three men have been removed from the UK and three more arrested following operations targeting illegal working at businesses in Devonport and Saltash. 

Acting on intelligence, officers from the Agency’s Plymouth enforcement team visited QQ Chinese Noodle Bar, 3 Brunel Heights, Saltash, at lunchtime on Tuesday, 9 June.

After the immigration status of staff was checked, all three men on duty were found to be illegal workers. 

Two Malaysian men were found to have overstayed their visas, while a Chinese chef was a failed asylum seeker who had not left the United Kingdom as required when his claim for international protection was turned down. 

The three were arrested and taken to Charles Cross police station for further questioning. They will be removed from the United Kingdom as soon as emergency passports are secured. 

The noodle bar had to be closed when immigration officers left the premises because all three members of staff present had been arrested. 

The arrests in Saltash came after three illegal workers found at a Devonport takeaway were deported. 

Officers visited Jade Fortune, 14-16 Marlborough Street, Devonport, on Thursday, 4 June, where they found three Malaysian men who had overstayed their visas working illegally. 

The three – aged 25, 39 and 41 – were arrested and taken to Charles Cross police station before being transferred into immigration detention. 

Two were removed from the UK on 6 June and the third man was returned to Malaysia on 9 June. 

Both QQ Chinese Noodle Bar and Jade Fortune are being issued with penalty notices for employing illegal workers and may now face a fine of up to £30,000 each (up to £10,000 per illegal worker). 

To avoid the fine, the employers must prove to the UK Border Agency that they carried out the correct right-to-work checks (such as asking for a passport or work permit) before giving the men jobs. 

Civil penalties foremployers who fail to carry out the proper checks when employing migrant workers from outside Europe (and citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, which come under different rules than other European workers) were introduced by the Government in February 2008. 

Where can employers get help and advice?

The UK Border Agency’s website contains useful information on Sponsoring workers under the points-based system, which includes a section on HR systems and compliance and Preventing Illegal Working

Employers unsure of the steps you must take to avoid employing illegal workers, can visit or call the UKBA employers’ helpline on 0845 010 6677. 
Source: UK Border Agency.

Employers wishing to recruit overseas workers legally should register as sponsors under Tier 2 of the Points Based System, which replaced the Work Permit regime last November.

Immigration advisers and work permit specialists, like Bison UK, provide a file audit or vetting service for employers unsure about whether or not their staff are legally employed. 

If you need any immigration advice or help with Studying in the UK, Settlement, Citizenship, Sponsorship, extending Work Permits, Visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

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