05 September 2008

British Embassy taking tough stance against Filipino fake visa applications

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The British Embassy in Manila warned Filipino nationals that any visa applicants who submit fake documents cannot apply for entry to the UK for another ten years, reports China View.

The Embassy has made it clear to all Filipino visa applicants that any fraudulent or false applications will result in the documents being apprehended and a ten-year ban from further applications. 

Mark Date, the head of the British Embassy’s visa sector in Manila said the UK has a zero-tolerance policy against fraudulent UK visa applications.  He added, some applications received in the visa department include false certificates of death, marriage and birth, fake bank statements and real estate documents, while others lie about owning businesses to increase their civil status.

Since 2007, 70 fraudulent applications have been discovered by the British Embassy working in conjunction with the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation.  The embassy is also working with the Bankers Association of the Philippines to detect false bank documents, statements and certificates.

"Our job is to make sure that the right people are in the UK and we want to entice as many people to travel there. We don't want to entice people who are going to use forged or fraudulent documents or give false declaration on any aspect of their application," Date said.

More than 40,000 applications for UK visas are currently being processed by the UK’s visa service.


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Article by Jessica Bird, UK Visa Bureau.


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