UK visa applicant arrested for fraud

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A Sri Lankan visa applicant was arrested this week for using deception and false documents to apply for a UK visa.

She was referred by the UK Border Agency to CID police in Colombo.

The visa applicant had applied with her two children for visitor visas and presented a false divorce certificate and hotel booking.

The three visa applications have been refused and the arrested applicant will have a 10 year ban on travel to the UK. In addition, she now faces prosecution for her actions.

UK Border Agency Entry Clearance Manager, Claire Murray, said: “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.”

The UK Border Agency uncovered this deception because it conducts extensive checks on documents submitted with visa applications.

The UK Border Agency operates a single force to protect the UK’s borders, control migration for the benefit of the country, prevent border tax fraud, smuggling and immigration crime, and to make decisions on asylum applications.

For information on the UK visa application process and how to apply please refer to our websites and