Sri Lankan arrested with counterfeit UK documents

A Sri Lankan visa applicant has been arrested for using deception and counterfeit documents to apply for a UK visa, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.

The visa applicant was referred by the UK Border Agency to CID police in Colombo. The person concerned had submitted a passport containing a counterfeit Sri Lankan immigration arrival stamp.

The counterfeit stamp had been obtained to conceal the duration of a visit made to the UK by the applicant in 2011. The visa application has been refused and the arrested applicant will have a 10 year ban on travel to the UK. In addition, the applicant now faces prosecution for these actions.

UK Border Agency Entry Clearance Manager, Claire Murray, said:

“UK Border Agency staff at the British High Commission are trained to detect false immigration stamps and visas. Falsifying and altering official stamps is a serious offence and the UK Border Agency is working with the CID and the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Sri Lanka to prevent attempts to illegally breach the UK border and to identify the agents who supply these stamps. The UK Border Agency will not tolerate abuse of the UK’s Immigration Rules and where we see abuse, we will take action against those who abuse it.”

The UK Border Agency uncovered this fraud because it conducts rigorous checks on passports and documents submitted as part of the visa application, the British High Commission in Colombo said.