Two men from India were arrested following a Home Office immigration raid at a Preston takeaway.
Officers visited Luigi’s in Ribbleton Lane on Thursday evening, acting on intelligence that people with no right to be in the UK were working at the business.
Background checks on staff members revealed two men, aged 25 and 34, were working illegally and had overstayed their visas.
Both were arrested and were in immigration detention.
The business was served with a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker arrested would be imposed, unless proof was provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. The potential total penalty was up to £40,000.
Assistant director Karen McDonough, of the North West Home Office immigration enforcement team, said: “These arrests are a clear warning to those in Preston abusing our immigration laws.
“There will be no slowdown in our efforts to arrest, detain and remove you from the UK.”