16 December 2009
New accord to improve UK Visa fraud detection in the Philippines
The UK Border Agency is working together with Pilipino banks to develop an electronic verification system to detect with greater accuracy fraudulent visa applications.
Currently, false banking documentation makes up for more than one-fifth of all fraud found in Philippine applications for UK Visa or entry permissions.
The new system, to be managed by the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP), will enable bank documents to be checked more quickly, efficiently and accurately, and ensure the integrity of the UK Immigration process.
Earlier this month, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by British Ambassador Stephen Lillie, BAP operations committee chairman Ricardo Balbido Jr and Ed Mackie, UK Border Agency regional manager for north-east Asia and Australasia on this matter.
Under the agreement, the UK Border Agency has already provided the Bankers Association of the Philippines with the hardware, including server and peripherals, and covering the software development costs, while the association will cover maintenance and running costs.