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Belfast city centre restaurant had illegal immigrant on staff

By Staff Reporter

A restaurant in Belfast is facing a potential fine of up to £20,000 after an illegal immigrant was found working in it.

In an intelligence led operation, Immigration Enforcement officers visited Havana Bank Square in Berry Street last Saturday.

The business was served a referral notice in relation to a 22-year-old Albanian man who had entered the UK illegally. He is now in detention while steps are taken to remove him from the UK.

The notice warns that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 will be imposed unless the employers can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.

Mike Golden from Immigration Enforcement said: "Those who use and exploit illegal workers face severe financial penalties. We are happy to work with businesses to ensure the right pre-employment checks are carried out, but those intent on operating outside the law will be found and will be punished."

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