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Curry houses face illegal workers fine
11:00am Saturday 16th March 2013 in News
TWO curry houses in Oxford are facing £20,000 fines after immigration checks found they had employed illegal workers.
UK Border Agency officers visited Malikas in Cowley Road and Temple Lounge in Temple Street on Thursday.
In the Cowley Road restaurant a 31-year-old from Bangladesh was found to be in breach of his visa conditions and was arrested to be deported. A 41-year-old Bangladeshi was found to have over-stayed his visa and was granted immigration bail.
The firm was told it faced being fined up to £10,000 for each illegal worker.
A 22-year-old Egyptian working at Temple Lounge was found to have over-stayed his visa and was also arrested to be deported. And a 32-year-old Palestinian man, who had entered the country illegally, was granted immigration bail.
Maria Leon, deputy director of the UK Border Agency, said: “We are carrying out operations like this across the Thames Valley almost every day, and for those who are living and working in the country illegally there is no hiding place.”