20 JUNE 2011

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Article from BTNews 20 JUNE 2011

UK Border Agency warns of visa scams

In an unprecedented news release the UK Border Agency is warning people not to be taken in by scammers demanding cash in return for dealing with immigration cases.  The warning follows a report of an individual posing as a Border Agency officer and visiting a pensioner's home to ask for £1,350 to process his partner's visa.

Jonathan Nancekivell-Smith, Director of Visa Services at the UK Border Agency said:  "UK Border Agency officers do not visit homes to collect cash payments and we have referred these allegations to our security team.”

Prompted by this warning AERBT visited the Border Agency web site and found that entry visa to the UK, from non-European Economic Area, is required from just over 100 countries, including the obvious “doubtful” states including North Korea and Yemen, and, rather surprisingly South Africa, a member of the Commonwealth.  If you are coming from the United States, no problem, or Australia and New Zealand. www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/while-in-uk

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