Emma Watson Faces Charges for Employing Illegal American Maid

Former "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson is being investigated for reportedly employing an illegal American maid at her north London home in the UK.

The 24-year-old English movie star allegedly hired the housekeeper back in 2013 while residing in New York.

At the time, Watson was studying for her degree in English Literature at Brown University in Rhode Island.

However, the actress was apparently making trips in and out of Britain and so was her maid. 

After receiving complaints about the unlawful employment, immigration officials decided to question the housekeeper while she was on one of her trips to London.

The worker apparently serviced Watson at her Islington home sometime between September 2013 and February 2014. Additionally, officials believe that the housekeeper may have lived and worked in the UK for three months.

UK Border Agency officials were obviously more concerned about her source of funding for most of these trips.

Sources say that the “maid might have worked for the actress at her £2 million London home while she held a tourist visa.”

The only issue with a tourist visa is that it prohibits foreigners from working in the UK.

As stated on the UK’s government website, general visitors are allowed to stay in the country for up to six months in accordance to these set limitations:

  • You can’t take paid or unpaid work.
  • You can’t live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent visits.
  • You can’t marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership.
  • You can’t get private medical treatment
  • You can’t get public funds.

Some visas can be purchased for up to 10 years if it requires someone to make constant visits over a long period of time, but the same limitations still apply.

On the contrary, work visas are available for those who are interested, including those related to charity work, sporting, and entrepreneurship. In this case, a Domestic Workers in a Private Household visa would have prevented this situation altogether. 

As the Border agency staff continues to look into this civil dispute, they released this statement: “An allegation has been received and processed and has been allocated for further action.”

Watson-who has yet to respond to the accusations-is now believed to be living in her three-story Georgian terraced house located in Islington. She could very well face a maximum fine of £10,000 ($17159.50) for breaching immigration guidelines and regulations.

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