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Eleven people have been arrested during an illegal immigration operation targeting a number of addresses in Willesden, north-west London, the UK Border Agency announced last week.

Acting on ‘intelligence’, immigration officers, with Metropolitan Police officers and Brent Council staff, carried out dawn raids at 3 addresses in Strode Road on Thursday 16 September.

The team found 50 people inside the addresses and in accommodation constructed to the rear, and arrested 11 of them – 7 Filipino women, 3 Chinese men and a Chinese woman – for a variety of immigration offences.

The seven Filipino women were mentioned in a release posted on the website of the British Embassy in Manila.

The UK Border Agency said they will now seek to remove them from the country. The 7 Filipinos and 2 of the Chinese men remain in detention pending their removal. The other 2 Chinese nationals were granted immigration bail while travel documents are sought for them.

The landlord of the property now faces investigation by council planning and health and safety officials.

The enforcement operation was part of planned nationwide action by the UK Border Agency to tackle illegal immigration and organised immigration crime.

Steve Fisher, head of the UK Border Agency’s Brent local immigration team, said:

‘This is the latest in a series of operations designed to find and remove those who have no right to live or work in the UK.

‘We continue to work closely with the police, Brent Council and other agencies to target those who are here illegally, and more raids like this are planned in Brent and across London.’

Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website where anonymity can be assured, the UK Border advised.

There are an estimated 500,000 to 750,000 people living illegally in the UK, but there are no plans to offer an amnesty.

However, the 14 year ‘long residence’ rule still stands. This concession, which some call an ‘amnesty’, allows people who have resided in the UK for over 14 years, even if they have done so illegally, to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or permanent residence.

Proving residence can be difficult and if the person has previously been served with a deportation or removal notice the application may be rejected.

Evelie Padadac of Bison UK Immigration Advisers said:

“Many students tend to ‘bury their heads in the sand’, work all the hours they can and hope the problem will go away. But if you are in the UK on a student visa (tier 4 or the old style visa) you must be in enrolled with a college or university and in full time study. If you are not your visa is technically invalid.

“We have helped students find new providers after their  college has closed down or lost its licence.”

Evelie urges students to take professional advice and she is offering a free consultation.

You can contact Evelie on 0208 905 1822 or email your enquiry to the address below.

See also:

Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 19 September 2010

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4 Responses to “UK Border Agency arrest 11 in North London raid”
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  1. mr mohit kumar says :

    I came to the UK on a holiday visa 5 years ago FROM INDIA I was only 13 years old,i travelled here with both my parents,of whom I do not get on with.They in the meantime have now emigrated to U S A were they have been granted permanent residence,I do not want to go the U S A .I stayed in the UK residing with my sister + Family.I have been attending a local high school and currently studying my A levels.I am now going to be 18 in a few months,but in a position were due to having no ID status in this country i cannot apply to any college or any further institutes to continue my studies,at a advance level.I would like to somehow apply for indefinite stay here,but have very little resources to monies, I have been fully supported by my sister,who has paid for all living expenses and any other funding that I have previously required.My sister has never applied for any form of public funds from any government or private institutes.
    Please help if there is any way I can apply to stay in this country….I await your precious advice.THANK YOU

  2. I m in uk illegly since last four months just cos of home office injustice I was studying propery by my college was closed down not my fault than I email to home office so many times I called so Many ted by no one advise me I cried too much could not sleep whole night home office refused my visa and left me helpless college took three thousand from me nothing get back I can’t go back circumstances been changed ….ah can’t explain here but all home office fault cos students were not defaulter all colleges bogus colleges bt nobody knew that …..

  3. hi
    it’s me a international student came in uk 1 year before. as i came here the college is suspended by the home office and due to suspension i change the college. as i know that the college should be change within 2 months so i rarely found a college to enroll me in different courses. the end date of my course is in the january 2011 but i finish my course early on august. before changing the college i want to change the ACCA course but due to no knowledge in such field non of the college enroll me in that course. since i finish 1 year management course and all the college are ready to enroll me but the intake of this course is generally on august so i have to wait till january that means i miss the intake of august. between august to january i have 4 months of gaps. is this break in study effect me in my visas extension or not.since i have change the college already and again i want to change the college and course because i want to study ACCA course and this course isnot in my college so i have to change the the change of college time and again effect me in future or not???

  4. hi thank you for gave me a news of u.k.b.a. if i will give you a informesion of iligal person,what you give me please tell me.

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