Two Sri Lankans arrested for false visa applications to UK

Aug 05, Colombo: Two Sri Lankan visa applicants have been arrested in the last two weeks for using deception and false identities to apply for UK visas, the British High Commission in Colombo reported.

The visa applicants, who were applying for settlement and student dependant visas, have been referred by the UK Border Agency to CID police in Colombo.

The two visa applications have been refused and the applicants will have a 10 year ban on travel to the UK. In addition they now face prosecution for their actions.

The UK Border Agency Entry Clearance Manager, Claire Murray, has said that the UK Border Agency uncovered this deception because it takes biometric data from customers as an integral part of the visa application process.

“We will not tolerate abuse of the UK’s immigration rules. Where we see abuse, we will take action against those involved. I would strongly advise visa applicants not to submit false documents and not to use false identities or other forms of deception,” Ms. Murray said.

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