A man and woman were arrested by the UK Border Agency in Belfast on Wednesday 26 May, as part of a UK wide crackdown on suspected illegal working.
Acting on intelligence, UK Border Agency officers conducted an operation at a private address in east Belfast. They questioned individuals at the house and checked their documents to see if they were entitled to be in the UK. As a result, the man and woman, both West African nationals were arrested.
The 47-year-old man was arrested for overstaying the terms of his visa and the woman was found to be in the country illegally. Both were detained pending further enquiries and possible removal from the UK.
Mike Golden, assistant director of the UK Border Agency in Northern Ireland, said:
‘We will not tolerate illegal working which threatens to damage our communities and take jobs from legal workers. We will act on intelligence to target those businesses which ignore the rules and remove those with no right to be in the UK.
‘These arrests are part of an ongoing clamp down on illegal working in the Northern Ireland to reduce the attractiveness of the UK to illegal immigrants.
‘Anyone who takes on a foreign national without permission to work in the UK is breaking the law, undermining law abiding businesses and faces a big fine.
‘There are strict rules about which foreign nationals can get a job in the UK and businesses have a clear responsibility to carry out the right checks.’