A popular Chinese restaurant has closed its doors, leaving diners unable to book a table for several weeks.
Three weeks ago, Oriental Palace on London Road was raided by immigration officers who were acting on intelligence.
Four Chinese men were arrested at the restaurant, two for overstaying their visas and the other two for entering the UK illegally, during the operation on March 23.
The restaurant was not ordered to close by officials, but a member of staff told CoventryLive that they currently do not have enough staff to open the restaurant.
It is unknown when, or if, the restaurant will reopen.
However, Oriental Palace is still open for takeaways.
Oriental Palace was served a referral notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found could be handed out.
It will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that they carried out appropriate right-to-work document checks, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.
This means the restaurant faces paying out £80,000 in total.
What has happened to the Chinese men?
Four Chinese men, aged 31, 40, 29 and 38, were arrested in the operation.
The men aged 31 and 40 had overstayed their visas and the others had entered the UK illegally.
The 31-year-old was detained pending removal from the UK and the others were ordered to report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are dealt with.
What immigration officials said
Carol Scarr, Immigration Enforcement assistant director, said: “This was a successful operation for my officers, who carry out regular visits across the Coventry area.
“Where illegal workers are discovered, employers who have not carried out the correct ‘right to work’ checks face a heavy fine.
“Illegal working undercuts law-abiding employers, cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities and defrauds the public purse.
“I urge anyone with specific and detailed information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
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