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Lankan visa applicant arrested in UK

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:54 No Comment]

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

She was referred by the UK Border Agency to the CID 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.

“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 Border Agency Entry Clearance Manager, Claire Murray, said.

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