Archana Venkatraman

In its latest crackdown on illegal immigrants, UK's border force has imposed a financial penalty of £10,000 on a beauty parlour in London's Ealing borough for employing a 24-year-old Indian woman who was working without an appropriate visa.

Amia Beauty Salon in Ealing faces penalty for employing Indian without visa
Amia Beauty Salon in Ealing faces penalty for employing Indian without visa
Image: Twitter (Amia)

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials also arrested two Sri Lankan nationals working in Londis supermarket chain in Greenford area for immigration offences.

Acting on intelligence, UKBA officials visited Amia Beauty Salon at The Mall in Ealing, London to check if the workers had the right to be in the UK. Following investigations, officers arrested a 24-year-old Indian woman who was found to be working in breach of her visa conditions.

Amia, which also runs a beauty academy, offers Asian beauty treatments such as Henna and Asian threading treatments as well as bridal make-up.

Following the arrest, UKBA officials visited local supermarket chain Londis in Greenford Avenue in Hanwell, also West London, where they arrested two Sri Lankan nationals -- a 27-year-old man working in breach of his visa conditions and a woman, also aged 27, for immigration offences.

All those arrested were detained pending removal from the country.

Both the businesses now face a financial penalty of £10,000 per illegal worker unless they prove that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

"Businesses in west London which follow the rules have nothing to fear, but those who either deliberately employ people with no right to work or fail to carry out the legally required checks on their staff should expect to face heavy financial penalties," warned Shahen Galichian from the Home Office.

"Illegal working has a negative impact on communities. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities. I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch," Galichian added. 

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