The manager of a kebab house, where immigration officials found an illegal worker, insists the arrested man was merely "a friend".
Taha Kader, from the Santos Kebab House on Old Bury Road in Salford, has told ITV News that the arrest was "a mistake".
Mr Kader says that the 35-year-old Iraqi was not a member of staff. Mr Kader says the man just "came in to have a free pizza".
The Iraqi is now on bail over a "breach" of his visa, but could be deported if he is not found to have leave to remain.
Checks were also made at the Mogul Restaurant on Sefton Street in Whitefield, after officials received intelligence on its staff.
The Home Office say two men were arrested for working illegally. The 28-year-old and a 42-year-old were both from Pakistan.
A member of staff at the Mogul said no one was available to comment. He told ITV News that the owner was not at the premises and employees had no contact details for him.
Both businesses could face substantial fines.