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UKBA detects 6,000 forged travel documents in visa Pakistan plea.

 

Pakistan has one of highest levels of forgery detection in visa applications 8th August 2011: The UK Border Agency detected approximately 6,000 forged travel or supporting documents in visa applications made in Pakistan.
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The UKBA has also claimed Pakistan has one of the highest levels of forgery detection in visa applications.

The UK Border Agency said: “The officers receive detailed forgery and detection training and last year they detected close to 6,000 forged travel or supporting documents in visa applications made in Pakistan.

“Pakistan has one of the highest levels of forgery detection in visa applications. In many cases, forged documents are submitted on an applicant’s behalf by unscrupulous agents.

“Applications made using fraudulent documents or attempting deception will be refused and applicants will face a ban of up to ten years from entering the UK. These checks are also used to identify genuine documents, and thus speed up the processing of legitimate visa applications.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: ‘We are doing more than ever to stop those seeking to abuse our immigration system from entering the UK and, as this investigation clearly demonstrates, that work does not stop at the UK border.

‘Our investigations into organised immigration crime both in the UK and abroad mean we know the scams the gangs use and can keep one step ahead. The message is clear – the UK is no longer an easy touch.’

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