Apr 222009

By Amar Guriro

usvisaKARACHI: The Consul General of the Consular Section at the United States Embassy Islamabad Christopher J Richard has said that the number of visa application that had dropped after a change in the laws following 9/11, have once again increased in the past two years.

“A big drop in the number of visas occured after 9/11. Not only the US visas, but several other countries have also made the same reduction as the laws became strict and new laws were introduced after 9/11. In the last two years, the number of applications that the US Embassy has received has increased,” he said in an interview with Daily Times held at the US Consulate Karachi. “The increasing visa applications can be gauged from the fact that in 2008, the US embassy in Islamabad issued 23,300 visas including 2,700 visas for students and exchange visitor, 1,700 temporarily work visa and 1,900 visas for senior officials,” he added. Continue reading »

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Apr 162009

· Determined terrorists can subvert security checks to obtain student visas

Thousands of bogus students are free to enter Britain despite new laws aimed at tightening controls on immigration due to weaknesses in the student visa system.

The Times has revealed that hundreds of colleges approved by the Home Office to accept non-European Union (EU) students have not been inspected by it’s officers. It has also emerged that the vast majority of non-EU students would not be interviewed by the Home Office but admitted on the basis of written applications and evidence of sponsorship, educational qualifications and bank statements. John Tincey, the Immigration Service Union chairman, said the failure to include interviews could be exploited by terrorists. Under the present system, universities, colleges and schools must register with the Home Office to accept students from outside the EU and must agree to alert the Home Office if a student fails to register, stops attending classes or if a course is shortened. The new regime came in two weeks ago and is intended to end a scam in which thousands of foreigners enrolled at bogus colleges to work in the UK.
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Mar 102009

THE Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has unearthed a new kind of visa fraud in which a person was earning millions of rupees from people by offering them jobs in western countries for which he himself prepare forged/ bogus document i.e. job offer letters/agreements and employment VISAS etc on his computer through internet.

Lahore FIA Director Azam Joiya said the agency received a complaint from Shahid Imran, a resident of Abdali Colony Lahore, against Muhammad Azeem, resident of 131 Mehran Block Allama Iqbal Town Lahore. Shahid alleged that Azeem used to prepare forged/ bogus document i.e. job offer letters/agreements and employment VISAS etc on his computer. He alleged that Azeem obtained Rs 500,000/- from him on the pretext of Shahid’s job in Airline Canada but did not fulfil the commitment. Continue reading »

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Jan 212009

* Sweden’s parliament also relaxes labour immigration rules

By Nauman Tasleem

LAHORE: The Swedish government welcomes students and offers them a lot of opportunities, said Nawal Atmé, Swedish Embassy first secretary to migration attaché in Pakistan.

Talking to Daily Times, she said education in Sweden was free and students had to only pay their boarding and lodging expenses. Continue reading »

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