Breach of visa conditions results in arrests

03 Oct 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A total of 11 people have been arrested following breaches of UK visa conditions, it has been revealed.

Immigration officers received intelligence regarding the Euro Car Parts depot on Fulton Road in Wembley and conducted a raid last week (September 29th) to carry out checks on the staff.

They discovered six Indian men and two Pakistani men who were working in breach of their UK visa conditions. The group were arrested, along with a Brazilian and an Ecuadorian man who had remained in the country illegally following the expiration of their visas and another Pakistani man who had entered the country illegally.

In addition to the staff, there was one customer discovered on site who was also arrested for breaching his visa conditions.

Steve Fisher, assistant director of the UK Border Agency’s Brent immigration team, reminded businesses that it is their legal responsibility to check their employees’ right to work in the UK.

He added: “Where we find people who are in the UK illegally, we will seek to remove them. But we also want to send out a strong message to employers. More raids like this are planned.”

The companies concerned are facing fines of up to £10,000 for each employee that is shown to be employed illegally. If they are able to prove that the correct right-to-work checks were conducted before the workers were hired then the fines will be wavered.