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Employers: Ten arrested in south London immigration raids

14 May 2013

Ten immigration offenders have been arrested following a crackdown on illegal working in Croydon and South Norwood.

Acting on intelligence, ourimmigration enforcement officers visited three shops on London Road, Croydon, on Thursday 9 May 2013. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.

At Savemore Foods (also known as Savemore World of Frozen Food), which was visited at about 11:25 they arrested a 57-year-old Sri Lankan man who was a failed asylum seeker and a 56-year-old Pakistani man who had ente...

Employers: MAC publishes seasonal migrant workers report

13 May 2013

British farmers should be able to recruit a sufficient number of seasonal workers in the first one to two years after working restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals are lifted, according to evidence gathered by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

But in its latest report, the government's independent advisory body on migration issues found the horticultural sector could face a lack of available seasonal migrant labour in the medium to long term.

The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) allows an annual quota of...

Applicants: Improving our services

09 May 2013

If you are living in the UK and are looking to extend your stay or make a new application, we want to hear from you.

At the Home Office we are continually working to improve the service available to our customers. In response to feedback, we are considering a range of additional options to make our services in the UK more flexible.

You can help by telling us which services you would use if they were available. Your feedback will help inform decisions about the future of premium services in the UK.


Guidance: Assisted voluntary return of irregular migrants (AVRIM)

Updated: added link to AVRIM programme on Choices site

The government can help you return home if you have no legal status in the UK. This guidance explains our assisted voluntary return of irregular migrants (AVRIM) programme.

Employers: Three arrested following raid in Hampshire

03 May 2013

Three illegal workers from Bangladesh have been arrested following a raid on a restaurant in Holbury.

Acting on intelligence, our Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited Aroma Indian Cuisine, Long Lane, at around 17:00 on Thursday 2 May, questioning staff to check if they had the right to work in the UK.

A 29-year-old man was found to have entered the country illegally while 2 other men aged 39 and 40 had overstayed their visas.

All 3 are currently in immigration detention while steps are taken to r...

Applicants: UK Border Agency’s transition to Home Office

03 May 2013

On 1 April 2013 the UK Border Agency was split into two separate units within the Home Office: a visa and immigration service and an immigration law enforcement division. By creating two entities instead of one, we will be able to create distinct cultures. First, a high-volume service that makes high-quality decisions about who comes here, with a culture of customer satisfaction for business-people and visitors who want to come here legally. And second, an organisation that has law enforcement at its heart and gets tough on those who break our imm...

Employers: Feltham identity fraudster jailed

02 May 2013

A Feltham man who used a false identity to try and get a British passport has been jailed, following an investigation by our Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers.

Md Ziaur Rahman, 33-year-old, had originally come to the UK legally on a work permit in 2004.

Our Immigration Enforcement investigators were alerted when he applied for a British passport using the assumed name of Sadique Miah.

He submitted an altered birth certificate and Bangladeshi passport in the Miah name to support his application. The pa...

Employers: Illegal Worker arrested in Aylesbury immigration raid

01 May 2013

An illegal worker has been arrested and a restaurant is facing a fine following an immigration raid in Aylesbury.

Acting on intelligence, our Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited Roosters Piri Piri on Cambridge Street at around 14:30 on Tuesday 30 April, where they carried out immigration checks on staff working there.

A 21-year-old Pakistani man was arrested after he was found to have overstayed his visa. He has been detained pending his removal from the UK.

The restaurant will have to ...

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