Employees deported for UK work permit problems

06 Jun 2012 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A number of illegal workers have been deported following problems with their visas and UK work permits.

UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers received intelligence regarding a restaurant in Edgware, the Meera's Village. They visited the premises earlier this year (May 19th) and questioned the staff to check if they had the right to work in this country.

During the checks the officers arrested three Indian men. Two were found to have been in the country illegally having overstayed their UK visas, while a third was working in breach of his visa conditions.

Two of the workers have already been removed from the country, while efforts are being made to remove the third, who currently remains in detention.

Paul Wylie, deputy director at the UKBA, commented: "Where we find someone who is in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them. But it is employers who take on illegal workers who fuel illegal immigration to the UK and that is why our officers are carrying out these kinds of operations.

"Businesses who fail to carry out the legally-required checks on staff should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines."

The restaurant in this case will now face a fine of up to £30,000 unless it is able to prove that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out before the men were hired.