Vietnamese man discovered working illegally at Rihanna Nails in Northgate Street
Immigration officers have arrested a Vietnamese man working illegally in a Chester city centre nail bar.
The UK Border Agency carried out checks on staff working at Rihanna Nails in Northgate Street, on Monday, September 2, after acting on intelligence.
A Home Office spokesman said: “A 26-year-old man from Vietnam was found to have entered the UK without leave. He was arrested and is now detained pending his removal from the UK.”
The spokesman said the owners of the nail bar would be questioned to ensure they had carried out the appropriate checks, such as examining the employee’s passport or Home Office documentation, prior to employing him.
Colin Berrington, acting assistant director of the Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “We are working hard across Chester 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.”
The Immigration Bill, which will be introduced later this year, will carry proposals to make life even tougher for unscrupulous employers by increasing the amount they will be charged if they are found to be employing illegal workers.
It will also cut through red tape and make it easier for legitimate businesses to comply with right to work checks.
Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or call the Home Office Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.