Winchester restaurateur could face hefty fine after immigration raid last week (From Andover Advertiser)
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Winchester restaurateur could face hefty fine after immigration raid last week
9:00am Friday 9th August 2013 in Hampshire Business
A WINCHESTER restaurateur could face a £10,000 fine after an immigration raid on his business last week.
Seven armed immigration enforcement officers attended the Bangkok Brasserie in Jewry Street at around 7pm last Friday (Aug 2), arresting a 29-year-old Thai woman.
The woman, who is here on a student visa taking an MA in marketing at Winchester University, was detained as the conditions prohibit her from working.
Miff Kayum, who runs the restaurant, said he believed she was eligible as a previous visa allowed her to work in 2010.
He said: “I feel very silly because it is a mistake I made. She was here in 2010 on a student visa that allowed her to work and when it expired she left the country.
“She got another student visa and on this one there are two small words - 'work prohibited' - but I assumed that it was the same situation again.
“She has invested around £60,000 in the UK economy through studying over here and has been arrested for working a part-time job on 10 hours per week.”
Mr Kayum added he had applied for a licence to grant work permits for foreign nationals which involved two Home Office visits to inspect his files in January and June, including the arrested woman's.
He said: “I have paid the Home Office £2,000 to advise me and make sure I have the correct paperwork. You would think these people would have picked up that there is a person with an incorrect visa working for me.”
A spokesman for the Border Agency said: “There was an intelligence led visit conducted at the Bangkok Brasserie in Jewry Street, Winchester on Friday 2 August.
“A 29 year old Thai female was arrested for working in breach of her visa conditions. She was detained and the case is currently being progressed. A Notice of Potential Liability was served on the employer.”
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