UK Border Agency: We’ll catch and remove illegal workers

The UK Border Agency has warned those working illegally in the UK that they’ll be caught and removed.

Paul Smith, Assistant Director, UK Border Agency, made the warning after the Agency’s officers raided two restaurants in Surrey and uncovered illegal staff working there.

In one of the restaurants, two Bangladeshi men, aged 23 and 28 were arrested. One was in the country illegally having overstayed his visa, while the other had entered the UK illegally.

In another restaurant, another two Bangladeshi men, aged 27 and 26, were arrested. The 26-year-old, who had overstayed his visa, was detained while the 27-year-old, who had entered the country illegally, was granted immigration bail while the UK Border Agency works to remove him from the UK.

“We're carrying out operations like this almost every day, and where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them,” said Mr. Smith. “Employers who take on illegal workers are both fuelling illegal immigration and damaging the UK economy. Those 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.”

Their employers were served a notice warning they could face a fine of £10,000 per illegal worker – unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

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