The UK Border Agency (UKBA) are continuing their aggressive countrywide campaign to stamp out illegal working in the UK – by non-EU and EU workers.
This week the busy team announced that 11 illegal workers and offenders have been captured in a series of immigration raids on businesses and residential addresses in Wales, however, similar raids are going on all over the country.
On 13 October, border officers, acting on a tip-off, raided the Jewel Balti restaurant in Monmouth and detained a Bangladeshi man caught red handed working in the kitchen.
An Indian man was ‘taken away’ at a branch of Burger King, Central Square, Cardiff on 11 October.
And in Wrexham, an Indian man was nabbed at a house in Victoria Street.
In a two day operation, raids were executed on residential address in Cardiff, where 2 Bangladeshi and 2 Indian men were arrested.
On 8 October, a Bulgarian man was detained at a flat in Wrexham, although the UKBA did not reveal the full details as to exactly why an EU citizen was arrested. He may have been working illegally without a Yellow Card.
Earlier raids in Bridgend, on 5 October resulted in the arrest of 3 Bangladeshi workers.
The UKBA confirmed that the 11 men detained had “committed a range of immigration offences including over-staying visas, working illegally in breach of visa conditions, staying in the country after an asylum claim had been rejected and entering the UK illegally”.
Removal proceedings against the offenders, and their employers will face the removal of money from their pockets in the form of immediate fines of up to £10,000 per illegal worker.
Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, UK Border Agency commented on the raids:
‘Our officers in Wales work hard to prevent abuse of the immigration system and are tracking down offenders wherever they are.
‘As these enforcement visits show, people who are here illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the country.
‘Companies tempted to try to undercut competitors by deliberately employing illegal workers should be warned that they will face heavy fines and possible prosecution.’
Employers can avoid employing illegal workers, which includes Bulgarian and Romanian citizens who have not applied for a permit to work, can visit the Preventing illegal working section, or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed down, Visa, ILR, Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a UK Border Agency or British Embassy refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email:
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.
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