Man sentenced for helping people without a UK Visa enter the country

- Posted in United Kingdom by Visa Bureauon 21 January 2011

Helalul Islam, 47, was arrested in January 2010 after  UK immigration officers and Dumfries and Galloway Police led an investigation at the Merrick Hotel, King Street, Castle Douglas.

A check on the UK immigration status of staff at the hotel discovered four members of staff did not have a UK Visa. Following further investigations Islam was charged with three offences of facilitating unlawful entry to the UK and on 9 December 2010, pleaded guilty to the offences.

Carolyne Wallace of the Immigration Crime Team for Scotland & Northern Ireland, said: “The sentences handed out today show the seriousness of this crime. Not only did Islam knowingly try to flout immigration laws, he also preyed on vulnerable people desperate to reach the UK.

“This case reinforces the message about our commitment to tackling those responsible for bringing illegal immigrants to the UK. If you are caught, you will go to prison.”

Islam will be deportated from the country after he finishes his prison sentence.


The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their  UK Visa applications to the British High Commission.