Employees arrested for violating UK visas

11 Apr 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Two employees have been arrested in a supermarket for violating the conditions of their UK visas.

The two men, aged 28 and 33, were found by UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers at a supermarket in Crediton after the authorities received news that the Costcutter retail outlet was employing illegal workers.

UK immigration checks revealed that both of the men were working in breach of their student visas and they have now been detained pending their removal from the country.

Kenny Chapman, head of the UKBA local immigration team for the South West, commented: "As these arrests show, our officers carry out regular operations across Devon targeting illegal workers.

"People who are here illegally and the businesses that employ them have nowhere to hide."

Two Scottish businesses, a restaurant in Bonnybridge and a takeaway in Falkirk, are also facing the possibility of large fines for illegally employing overseas workers after raids found a Chinese man and two Pakistani men working without the correct UK visas or work permits.

A civil penalty notice has been served to the restaurant for employing an overseas worker illegally; the takeaway business is also likely to be issued with such a penalty.

If the two businesses cannot prove that they conducted the correct UK immigration checks on the men – such as asking for a passport or a Home Office document  - then they could be issued with fines of up to £10,000 for each worker.