A Sri Lankan visa applicant was arrested today for using deception and a false identity to apply for a UK visa.
He was referred by UK Visas and Immigration to the Fraud Investigation Bureau police in Colombo. The visa applicant was applying to visit the UK.
Checks revealed that the applicant had made four previous applications in a different identity and has now applied using a different name and birth details in which he had fraudulently obtained a Sri Lankan passport and other supporting documents, the British High Commission in Colombo said.
The latest visa application has been refused and the arrested applicant will have a 10 year ban on travel to the UK. In addition he now faces prosecution for his actions.
“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,” UK Visas and Immigration Operations Manager, Tony Williams, said.
The UK Visas and Immigration team uncovered this deception because it conducts extensive checks on documents submitted with visa applications.