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Employers: Three immigration offenders caught in Cheshire

16 April 2013

Three illegal workers have been caught following raids at two addresses in Cheshire on Thursday 11 April.

Acting on intelligence received ourimmigration enforcement officers visited Wok & Go on Northgate, Chester. They checked the immigration status of the staff and found 2 Chinese men with no right to work in the UK. These included a 22-year-old who had overstayed his visa and a 43-year-old failed asylum seeker.

A second visit by officers to Ming Hua on Cambridge Road in Ellesmere Port revealed a 47-year-old Chinese man who ... had entered the UK illegally and had no right to work.

All 3 men were arrested and remain in immigration detention while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.

Colin Berrington, from ourimmigration enforcement team in Cheshire, said:

'We are determined to stamp out abuse of the immigration system.

'We want the public to contact us if they have any information on businesses or people who are breaking immigration law.

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

Both businesses will be served with notices for employing illegal workers. To avoid fines of up to £10,000 per employee evidence must be provided that the correct pre-employment checks were made on the men - such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Every year, we impose civil penalties 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 http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.