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Two illegal workers from Pakistan found at takeaway in Scotland

Islamabad, March 14, 2013 (PPI-OT): Two men from Pakistan have been found working illegally at a takeaway in Preston pans, east of Edinburgh, Scotland, following a UK Border Agency operation.

Checks on the immigration status of staff revealed that two men from Pakistan were working at the takeaway. Both men have no right to work in the UK. The two men must now report regularly to the UK Border Agency while their outstanding immigration issues are concluded.

The business has been served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers. If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required pre employment checks were carried out before giving the workers a job, a fine of up to £20,000 will be imposed.

Adam Scarcliffe, Assistant Director of the UK Border Agency in Scotland said:

“The message for anyone living and working in Scotland illegally is clear – we will track you down and remove you from the country.

“We’re 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.”

Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which have failed to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit our website or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can report this on the UK Border Agency website.

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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