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An Indian woman was arrested by the UK Border Agency after the raids at Ashley Gardens Care Homes in Willoughby Crescent and Bendigo Nursing Home in Arundel Road on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old woman was working illegally as a cleaner at Ashley Gardens Care Home and steps are now being taken to deport her back to India.

Acting on intelligence, UK Border Control officers visited Ashley Gardens Care Home on Willoughby Crescent at 10am, accompanied by officials from the NHS, East Sussex County Council and the Care Quality Commission.

The identity of each employee on duty was checked against immigration databases and staff records were verified.

Officers discovered the cleaner, who was in the UK legitimately as a student, was working more hours than her visa permitted.

The primary purpose of a student visa is to allow foreign nationals to study in the UK and only allows for part-time work.

The care home faces a fine of up to £10,000 if it is unable to prove that the necessary pre-employment checks were carried out.

Bendigo Nursing Home in Arundel Road, was also visited, although no arrests were made. Both homes are operated by the same management company.

East Sussex County Council, NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald, and the Care Quality Commission are now reviewing the standard of care at the homes.

The visit was carried out by officers in plain clothes, in a bid to minimise distress to the residents of the homes.

It was part of an ongoing UK-wide crackdown by the agency to tackle immigration crime.

Rebecca Rennie, the head of care at Ashley Garden Care Home, told the Herald, “Ashley Gardens had a visit from the UK Border Agency.

“They checked the staff files, documents and talked to staff members.

“They were happy with all records and said we were very helpful.

“Our staff member who is on a student permit and allowed to work has been taken for questioning. We are awaiting the outcome of the same.”

Mariana Philipova, manager at the Bendigo, said, “There was a visit conducted by officers from UK Border Agency at Bendigo Nursing Home.

“They checked staff files and documents, spoke to staff members and praised our record system.

“The officers from UK Border Agency findings were that all staff working at Bendigo Nursing Home were employed in compliance with all relevant immigration legislation and there were no staff working in breach of the immigration laws.” Source: Eastbourne Herald.

Last week the Migration Advisory Committee said in a report for the government that the number of migrant workers coming to Britain from outside the EU should be cut by between 13% and 25% next year.

The report also calls for more effort to ensure British workers were trained up so that businesses can recruit the skilled people they need, without having to bring them in from abroad. EU citizens, with the exception of those from Romania and Bulgaria, are free to work in the UK without restrictions.

See also:

Non-EU migrants should be cut by 25%, says MAC

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  1. Possible, but it is still the student’s responsibility to ensure they stick to the Tier 4 immigration rules and obey the law. After all, it’s in the Tier 4 student visa holders interest to make sure they are studying and not exceeding their maximum working hours. The care home may get a fine/slap on the wrist, but the migrant will probably be deported.

  2. It is unfortunate that this young woman was arrested for simply working too many hours. She was legally in this country and legally permitted to work. Could it be the case that the nursing home that employed her were leaning on her to do more hours? This has happened to me in many jobs.

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