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Employers: Immigration offender removed from UK after Borough green raid

13 March 2013

A man from Bangladesh has been removed from the UK after he was caught by us in a raid on a Borough Green business.

On 15 February an operation targeting illegal working was carried out at Zeera South Indian Cuisine, Sevenoaks Road. Immigration checks revealed that the 28-year-old had failed to leave the UK after his visa had expired.

The man was arrested and taken to an immigration detention centre before being removed to Bangladesh on 6 March.

Jackie Fowler, heads of theLocal Immigration Team for Kent, said:

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'We are carrying out operations across Kent to track down people who are breaking immigration law.

'Those who are here illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the country.

'Employers who take on illegal workers are both fuelling illegal immigration and undercutting businesses which play by the rules.'

Zeera South Indian Cuisine has been handed a penalty notice for employing an illegal worker. To avoid a fine of up to £10,000 the employers must provide evidence that the correct pre-employment checks were made on the men - such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Every year, we issue fines on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.

We provide support to employers so they can understand the rules, including visits by staff, a dedicated telephone helpline and website.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit our Preventing illegal working pages, or they can call the agency's employers helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone with information about immigration offenders can report crime on this website, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.