Published Monday, 07 October 2013
Immigration enforcement officers made the arrests following status checks. (© Home Office)
A 29-year-old Bangladeshi man was found working at the Wok-A-Moley by Home Office Immigration Enforcement Officers last Thursday at about 6pm.
The man, who was working in breach of his visa conditions, was arrested and placed in Home Office detention. If it is confirmed that he has no right to be in Northern Ireland, he will be removed from the country.
Last month, the Tao Noodle Bar was also visited.
A 38-year-old Chinese woman who had entered the country illegally was arrested.
She was also placed in detention pending removal from the country.
The businesses have each been issued with a civil penalty notice for employing the workers, meaning they are liable for a fine of up to £10,000 unless evidence is provided that the correct pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
Mike Golden for the Home Office, said: "We are working hard across Northern Ireland to track down and remove from the country those who seek to abuse the UK's immigration laws.
"Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
"We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know they will face heavy fines."
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