06 September 2013

On Friday 9 August at the Red Wok restaurant on Governor’s Road, Lisburn, two Malaysian women, aged 25 and 47, and a 21-year-old Malaysian man were arrested for having overstayed their visas. All three have now been removed from the country.

On 29 August at the Spice India takeaway on Belfast Road, Newry, a 26-year-old Nepalese man who had entered the UK illegally was arrested. He has also been removed from the UK.
On Wednesday of this week (3 September) a 55-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested at a residential address in south Belfast for overstaying his visa.
Last night (Thursday 4 September) at the Zaiqa Tandoori takeaway on Grand Parade, Belfast, a 41-year-old Pakistani man who had entered the UK illegally was arrested. Another Pakistani man aged 28 was also arrested when found to be working illegally in breach of his visa conditions.
None of those encountered had the right to work in the UK. The businesses have each been served with a penalty notice 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 workers – such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
Those arrested in Belfast are being held in Home Office detention in Larne House, Larne while steps are taken to also remove them from the country.
Mike Golden for the Home Office, said:
“Foreign nationals who are in this country illegally should be in no doubt that they will be caught, arrested and removed from the UK.
“We are determined to crack down on immigration offenders and anyone found living or working here illegally is liable to be detained and removed.”
Every year, the Home Office imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.
The Home Office provides 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 or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business or someone is living in the UK illegally can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
1.       Arrests are carried out by trained immigration officers who carry out operations at businesses and private addresses, acting on intelligence received from the public and other sources. All intelligence is protected.
2.       On Tuesday 26 March the Home Secretary announced that the UK Border Agency would be replaced by two new immigration commands within the Home Office- an immigration and visa service and an immigration law enforcement organisation. These changes came into effect on Monday 1 April 2013.
3.       For all the latest Home Office news visit follow the Home Office on Twitter at
4.       The Home Office is a member of the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) in Northern Ireland. The OCTF was established in 2000 to provide strategic direction for a multi-agency approach to tackling organised crime.  Chaired by Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford, the Task Force brings together representatives from Government, law enforcement and a wide range of other agencies.  It is a forum where partner agencies can discuss problems, share information and agree priorities.  More information is available at