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Just like any other nation, the United Kingdom (UK) will not tolerate illegal means for people to come into their territory. The British Embassy Manila thus urged visa applicants not to submit fraudulent or forged documents-- or risk being banned from their country or filed with criminal charges. In an interview with GMA News Online on January 29, UK Border Agency (UKBA) Regional Manager Ed Mackie stressed that the UK does not tolerate the use of fake documents. “The use of fraudulent or forged documents should be---there’s absolutely zero tolerance from us on this. If we find people submitting documents that are forged or fraudulent or they haven’t disclosed full facts to us, we will not only refuse their application, they then risk a ban of 10 years from the UK if they make a subsequent application,” Mackie said. The UKBA is part of the UK Embassy and handles issues related to migration into the country, including visa applications. Trained to detect fraud The UKBA website lists other consequences of processing fake documents when applying for a UK visa. The site says its officers in the UK and overseas “are highly trained to detect fraud.” According to the UKBA, if an applicant provides false information, documents or passports; lie or withhold information in support of the person’s visa application, the applicant could:
- be banned from entering the UK for 10 years;
- be removed from the UK, if you are already here;
- be charged with a crime, which could lead to a prison sentence or a fine; and
- receive a permanent record of fraud on the UK Border Agency database.