Immigration officers conducted raids on a number of Island establishments last night (Wednesday) – but it was at Balti King in Wootton where 3 people were detained and are now pending removal from the UK.
Acting on intelligence, Immigration Enforcement officers visited Balti King on High Street, Wootton at around 18:00 where 3 men from Bangladesh were arrested after they were found to have no right to work in the UK.
A 37-year-old man and a 41-year-old man had overstayed their work visas and a 57-year-old man was found to have overstayed his visit visa. All 3 men have been transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the UK.
The business is being served with a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right to work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document. This is a potential total of £60,000.
Carla Johnson, Assistant Director for the South Central Immigration Enforcement Team said:
“Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It cheats the taxpayer, meaning less money is available for vital public services, undercuts honest employers and denies legitimate job seekers employment opportunities.
“Our Immigration Enforcement teams carry out regular operations to tackle abuse of the system. We take reports of illegal working very seriously and I would urge members of the public with specific information about suspected immigration abuse to report it to us.”
For more information on right to work checks visit: https://www.gov.uk/check-job-applicant-right-to-work
Employers with questions about checking a job applicant’s right to work in the UK can call the dedicated support line for advice on 0300 123 4699. They can also use the Employers’ Checking Service for checks on migrants with outstanding immigration applications and appeals at www.gov.uk/employee-immigration-employment-status.
Anyone with information about illegal working or non-compliant employers should report this to the Home Office at www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.