Immigration officers raid firms in Bicester and Banbury

Sixteen Vietnamese nationals were arrested for various immigration offences after officers visited nail bars in Banbury and Bicester yesterday, Tuesday.
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Acting on intelligence, immigration enforcement officers, with assistance from Thames Valley Police, went to Nail Envi and Superior Nails (both in Parsons Street, Banbury); BC Nail Spa, in Market Place, Banbury; Dream Nails, at George Street, Banbury; and Gold Star Nail Bar, at Crown Walk, Bicester at around noon.

Officers found 16 Vietnamese nationals working illegally across the five businesses.

Each business was served with a civil penalty referral notices in relation to illegal workers. The notices warn that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.