04 February 2011
Five men caught abusing UK Visas removed from the UK
Five Nepalese men who abused student visas to enter the UK for work have been removed from the UK, the UK Border Agency has announced.
The men, aged from 22-26 years old, were caught on Wednesday last week by UK immigration officers while working illegally at a car wash in Bury St Edmunds.
Immigration checks revealed that all the men had student UK Visas. They were all detained while arrangements for their removal were made and all five men were returned to Nepal last night.
Dave Butler, chief immigration officer, Suffolk and North-East Essex local immigration team said: “All 5 of the men had cheated their way into the UK on false pretences. Only one of them was doing any studying at all and even he was working well over the number of hours permitted.
“This case sends out a message to immigration offenders that they will be caught and they will be quickly dealt with.”
Under the points-based system, colleges are required to report absenteeism by foreign students to us. The colleges who sponsored these students are now being investigated for potential abuse of the immigration system.
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