Overstaying UK visa sees worker arrested

02 Sep 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A worker has been arrested for overstaying his UK visa and continuing to work in this country.

The 21-year-old Algerian man was arrested by UK Border Agency staff at Carlito's Restaurant and Pizzeria in Belfast. Questioning revealed that he had no right to be working in this country due to the fact that he overstayed his UK visa.

Now, the young man will be detained while procedures are set in place to remove him from the country.

The arrest comes as two men have also been arrested at businesses in Henley-on-Thames. A 20-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested for entering the country illegally after being discovered working at Henley Nails and Brow, while a 21-year-old Brazilian man was arrested at the Loch Fyne restaurant in the town for having used counterfeit Portuguese identify documents to access work when he had really obtained access to the country illegally after overstaying his UK visa.

All of the employers involved now face fines of up to £10,000 for each worker unless they can prove that they conducted the right-to-work checks required by law before employing the individuals concerned.

Inspector Giles Tupholme, from the UK Border Agency, commented: “Our officers carry out hundreds of operations like this every year, and where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

“We're happy to work with firms to help them understand what checks they need to do on staff.”