Cases of forged documents for visa frauds on a rise 14th October 2010: In the first nine months of 2010, visa applications of almost 1000 applicants were refused by the UK Border Agency in Chennai. The applicants face a 10-year ban because they submitted forged documentation or false information.
The Border Agency is also joining hands with police authorities across the seas and has warned the cases will also be referred cases to the police.
The development is significant as the cases of forged documents being used by applicants for visa frauds have witnessed a rise.
The assertion came after the UKBA and the Chennai police co-operated in the arrest of a UK visa applicant for visa fraud.
The applicant was arrested at the UK Border Agency offices in Chennai, South India, on 8th October after submitting falsified documents in support of a Tier 1 (General) visa application.
UK Border Agency entry clearance manager Gemma Dodgson said: ‘Unfortunately we are seeing increasing numbers of forged documents. Our document checks are very thorough.
`The UK Border Agency refuses applications that are supported by false documents and the applicant also faces a ban of up to 10 years on travel to the UK. As this case shows, we will also refer cases to the police, with whom we have good co-operation.
`In the first 9 months of 2010 almost 1000 visa applicants have had their visa applications refused by the UK Border Agency in Chennai and now face a 10-year ban because they submitted forged documentation or false information’.