Aberdeen restaurant faces fine for UK immigration issues

20 May 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A restaurant in Aberdeen is facing a fine from UK immigration authorities due to the fact that they appear to have employed an illegal worker twice in the past two years.

The Bollywood Restaurant in Union Street was targeted by UK immigration officers after they received intelligence suggesting that not all the staff were entitled to work in this country.

Investigations revealed that a Bangladeshi man was employed without the correct work permit or UK visa documentation.

Phil Taylor, regional director of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), in Scotland and Northern Ireland, commented: "We will not tolerate illegal working which threatens to damage our communities – it undercuts wages and exploits vulnerable workers.

"The UKBA will act on intelligence to target those businesses which ignore the rules and remove those with no right to be in the UK."

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the Bollywood Restaurant has been found employing people without the correct work permits.

In December 2009 the UKBA found three illegal workers during another investigative operation.

A fine of £15,000 was issued to the premises after it was confirmed that the employers had not conducted the correct checks on their workers' UK visas and other immigration documentation.

This time around, the eatery could be liable for a fine of up to £10,000 if it is unable to provide evidence that it conducted the legally required immigration checks before offering the Bangladeshi man a job.

Mr Taylor added: "This operation is part of an ongoing clamp down on illegal working in Scotland to reduce the attractiveness of the UK to illegal immigrants.

"If people ignore our immigration laws, we will find them and remove them from the country."