Immigration offenders have been removed from the country following UK Border officer raids in the Greenhithe and Faversham areas.
Acting on intelligence (tip off) received, immigration officers raided the Loch Fyne Restaurant in the Bluewater Shopping Centre on 27 July.
After checks were carried out the immigration status of staff 2 Nepalese men were arrested who overstayed in the UK when their visas expired. They were placed in immigration detention before being removed from the country on Friday 3 August.
An earlier intelligence-led visit by officers on 20 July to Spice Lounge, Preston Street, Faversham identified a 25-year old man from Bangladesh who had also overstayed his visa. He was arrested and detained by us before being removed on 29 July.
Maria Leon head of the local immigration team for Kent, UK Border Agency said:
‘We gather intelligence about people who remain in the UK in breach of their visa conditions and we are taking action against those not entitled to be here.
‘We are determined to crack down on illegal immigrants and anyone found living or working here illegally is liable to be detained and removed.’
The UKBA advises that employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit the Preventing illegal working section, or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 0800 555 111 anonymously or complete the Report immigration crime form.
Deported overstayers face a 10 year ban from coming back to the UK for overstaying and employers who illegally employ workers can be fined up to £10,000 per employee.
This is not the first time Loch Fyne has been involved in employment controversy. In March a Romanian gangmaster, Sara Recruitment, lost its licence after it was caught helping top restaurant chains including Loch Fyne avoid tax with cheap labour by claiming her workers are “self-employed”.
Last month The Mirror revealed Loch Fyne was hiring Romanian chefs who can only work here if they are self-employed, saving their bosses money on holiday pay, sick pay and national insurance.
The Daily Mirror has revealed that many of the ‘self employed’ chefs came from Huddersfield-based employment agency Sara Recruitment, run by 35-year-old Ioana Danciu.
Employer are often unaware of the rules on EU migrants working in the UK and incorrectly assume that all European Union citizens are the same.
For instance, Bulgarian and Romanian citizens are subject to restrictions on working in the UK and cannot be employed in the same way as other EEA nationals. UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals were extended until the end of 2013 by the government last November.
If you are one of the many Bulgarian or Romanian citizens working in the UK ‘without papers’, read ‘How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK‘.
Visa overstayers should take advice rather than spend their lives hiding in fear. In many cases overstayers gain indefinite leave to remain on human rights grounds, such as article 8, right to a family life in the UK.
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 Romanian and Bulgarian EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.
For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org