If you are an overseas national / non EEA migrant who has been offered a job in the UK you should ensure that you are not the victim of an immigration scam before paying anything towards your immigration process such as visa fees.
The most recent scam reported was by an organisation called ‘United Kingdom Inovation Forum UKIF’. See copy of their contact and recruitment sheet below.
When considering whether you are dealing with fraudsters you should ask yourself the following:
– is the organisation offering the job on the Home Office’s official licensed sponsored list? If the answer is no, they are not in a position to sponsor you and it is therefore very likely that you are being victim of fraud.
– is the job at NQV level 6 on the Home Office’s official codes of practice list? If the answer is no, it is very likely that you are being the victim of fraud.
– are you asked to pay the visa fees by MoneyGram or Western Union transfer? if the answer is yes, it is very likely that you are being the victim of fraud as the visa fees are normally paid via the Home Office’s portal via debit or credit card. A list of visa fees for Tier 2 visa applications can be found here. The fees for a single applicant vary between £564 and £1128.
– the Home Office does not personally contact applicants via email – generic emails generated by the Home Office will read firstname.lastname@example.org.
– there is no such a thing at a ‘Travelling Documents Processing Protocol’.
– the Home Office Visa and Immigration is no longer referred to as the UKBA or UK Border Agency – any correspondence from the UKBA or UK Border Agency is unlikely to be genuine.
– Before you can apply for a visa as a Tier 2 migrant worker, you will need to obtain a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) from your UK sponsor/employer. A certificate is a document generated by your employer / sponsor using the Home Office’s online system referred to as the SMS. The CoS should have your sponsor licence number and certificate ref number. It should confirm whether your maintenance is guaranteed or not.
If you believe that you might be or have been subject to a UK immigration scam, you should report it to the Home Office’s crime team.
If you would like to check whether you are or have been victim of a UK immigration scam or fraud, contact a UK Immigration Lawyer or OISC immigration agent or the Home Office directly.
If you would like to give us an example of a scam that you have come across so that we can post it on this page so that to warn other, please email us.
The information contained in this website is provided by ECS Ltd for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice. For legal advice contact a UK Immigration Lawyer or a OISC Immigration agent or the Home Office directly.