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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Seven illegal workers face deportation following South Cumbria raids

SEVEN illegal workers have been detained following an operation by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers in Cumbria.

Yesterday evening officers visited three businesses, in Ulverston and Windermere, to carry out checks on the immigration status of staff.

At Naaz Indian Restaurant, in Queen Street, Ulverston, they arrested four Bangladeshi men aged between 28 and 38 who were working illegally. Three of the men had overstayed their visas and one had possession of false documentation. 

Later officers visited two premises on Crescent Road, in Windermere. In the Prince of India they found two Bangladeshi men, aged 27 and 32, working illegally. Both men had overstayed their visas and were arrested.

Officers then carried out checks at Indian Ocean where they discovered a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa and was working illegally.

All the men are currently detained pending their removal from the UK. 

The three businesses will be served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers. If the employer is unable to provide evidence that legally-required pre employment checks were carried out, a fine of up to £10,000 per worker will be imposed.

Deputy Director Wallace Wilson, from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team, said: “Illegal working fuels illegal immigration to the UK and that is why we are carrying out operations like these.

“If you are a business you must carry out the correct checks on your staff or you could end up with a heavy fine.

“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face heavy fines.”

The government has unveiled new measures imposing tougher penalties on rogue businesses employing illegal immigrants, with the additional aim of cutting red tape for legitimate employers.

Immigration minister Mark Harper said: “Every day our enforcement officers undertake operations like this across the country to combat illegal working.

“Employers already have a duty to check that their employees have the right to work in the UK, and can face civil penalties if they fail to do so. The Immigration Bill, which we will introduce later this year, will include proposals to get even tougher on unscrupulous employers, who exploit illegal immigrants and undercut legitimate business. But we will also simplify processes to make it easier for compliant employers to fulfil their responsibilities.”

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working or call the Home Office Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699. 

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Mike----believe me----I do know what I am on about......

Posted by Charlie on 15 July 2013 at 15:49

Charlie, no you don't.

Posted by Mike on 14 July 2013 at 19:31

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