Lankan arrested for overstaying visa in UK

9 October 2013 01:35 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A Sri Lankan man was among six individuals arrested in Lancashire, England last week for immigration offenses, British High Commission in Colombo said.

The 38-year-old man was arrested for overstaying his visa. He had also been working illegally at a shop in the area.

The five others arrested were from India and Bangladesh. They were arrested by a Home Office immigration enforcement team which had been acting on intelligence. All six will remain in immigration detention pending removal from the country.  

The businesses where the illegal workers were found were handed civil penalty notices. They will be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.  

Assistant Director Colin Berrington, from the Home Office’s North West Immigration Enforcement Team, said: “Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work. “These arrests are also a stark warning to anyone who is in the UK illegally. We will catch up with you and you will face arrest, detention and removal from the country.”

  Comments - 7

  • JaffnaMadman Friday, 11 October 2013 05:59 AM

    Hey Man,

    Sri Lankans of any race would have claimed asylum claiming white vans & etc.

    This must be someone lazy or some others pretended as Lankan as in the case of 80s and 90s when many South Indians and Malaysians stayed in claiming as Sri Lankan.

    Sonali de Silva Thursday, 10 October 2013 07:30 AM


    Nodrog Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:59 AM

    No, tiger supporters are welcome in the UK....its the others who are sent back.

    dalu banda Thursday, 10 October 2013 07:52 AM

    May be the Canadian guy need him. Please ask before deporting.

    Madanamutha Friday, 11 October 2013 12:59 PM

    Asylum Seekers are 'Not' illegal immigrant as there existence is known to authorities and so legally remaining until there case are considered.

    Students who don't apply for visa in time will become over stayers and became illegal immigrant.

    dr ceylon Thursday, 10 October 2013 06:15 AM

    is it a news ?.over 100 million plus people around the world lives in over 100 plus countries without visa,for deferent reasons,allmost all the reasons are fair reasons.

    ravi Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:43 PM

    i am sure he is an asylum seeker.......and also possibly ran in to the ground with tiger flags

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