Published Tuesday, 17 September 2013
The men are currently being detained, but will be removed from NI. (© UTV)
A 53-year-old Chinese man and a 24-year-old Filipino man, working at Wok Box in Newcastle, were found by Home Office officials to have overstayed their visas.
The planned raid was carried out on Thursday, but the details have just been released.
The men are currently being detained, while arrangements are made for their removal from Northern Ireland.
Wok Box is now liable for a fine of up to £20,000.
The owner has been issued with a civil penalty notice for employing the pair and must provide proof that the proper pre-employment checks were carried out, such as checking passports or Home Office documents.
Mike Golden, for the Home Office, said: "We are working hard across the region 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 that they will face heavy fines."
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