This blog often reports about shed loads of illegal workers in the UK being caught and deported and illegal immigrants trying to smuggle themselves into the UK in lorries to replace those being deported but what about at the point of departure.
Here’s a typical three month period in Pakistan for UK Border Agency, remember the Government is cutting the budget of UKBA which will see a reduction in officers.
Between January and March 2011 over 35,000 visas to Pakistani nationals were issued. How many of this number will overstay their visas?
In February 2011, 12 people, a mixture of Pakistani and Slovak nationals, were arrested following an investigation begun by the UK Border Agency in Islamabad into a sham marriage ring.
Slovakian females would fly to Pakistan and enter into marriages with the Pakistani males. Documentation would then be provided to the males to support a visa application. The documentation was generally forged in an attempt to make it appear that the Slovakian females lived and worked in the UK. Thus a back door into the UK for Pakistanis as spouses of EU citizens.
Between January and March 2011 the UK Border Agency worked with air carriers in Pakistan to stop 214 passengers who were intending to travel to the UK without the proper documentation from flights from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.
Additionally, a 40 year old man from Karachi was jailed for 6 years and 9 months on Friday 29 July after trying to smuggle heroin through Manchester Airport.
UK Border Agency officers receive detailed forgery and detection training and last year they detected close to 6,000 forged travel or supporting documents in visa applications made in Pakistan.