UK visa breaches result in arrest

03 Jun 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A man has been arrested in Torquay due to the fact that he has been employed in breach of his UK visa conditions.

The Indian man was found to be working in Best One, a shop on Victoria Road, in breach of his UK visa, which admitted him to the UK as a student with limited rights to work.

Meanwhile, a second Indian man was arrested at a nearby flat on the same road for working in breach of his student visa.

Kenny Chapman, head of the UK Border Agency's (UKBA) local immigration team for the South West, explained that foreign students are only permitted to take up part-time employment during term time when in this country.

Meanwhile, a man and a woman from China have also been arrested in a restaurant in nearby Paignton.

Acting on community intelligence, UKBA officers discovered the pair attempting to flee the Dragon Pearl restaurant on Hyde Road.

They had both been staying in the country illegally after the expiration of their UK visas.

Mr Chapman commented: "We carry out operations like this week in, week out targeting illegal workers and immigration offenders at businesses and home addresses across Devon.

"We are sending a simple, clear message to people flouting the law - more raids are planned and you will be caught."

He explained that employers are required by law to check whether or not their staff are permitted to work in this country.

Those who want to "play by the rules" will be provided for, while companies knowingly employing illegal workers or firms which take on staff without running the correct UK immigration checks can face penalty fines of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker employed.