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QUESTION NO.1447 INCREASING CASES OF FAKE VISAS

March 08, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1447
TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.03.2018

INCREASING CASES OF FAKE VISAS

†1447. SHRI SANJAY RAUT:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government is aware that cases of giving fake visas for other countries are increasing in the country;

(b) whether Government has received any complaint in this regard;

(c) whether any case of fraud in the name of getting visa for America, has come to the notice of Government;

(d) if not, the action taken thereon; and

(e) the steps taken by Government to check such incidents in future?

 

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]


(a) & (b) The incidents of fake visas and fake visa rackets are occasionally reported to the Government authorities. The Ministry of External Affairs receives requests for verification of genuineness of foreign visas by various investigating agencies in India. These requests are taken up with the concerned foreign Missions in India for verification of authenticity of the visas. While in some cases the visas are found to be genuine, in some cases, the visas have been found to be fake. The results are communicated to the requesting agency for further action at their end. From the intermittent complaints and references that are received, it cannot be concluded with certainty that incidence of such cases are increasing.

(c) to (e) As running a fake visa racket or cheating people on the pretext of getting them visas for foreign countries are illegal under the Indian laws, the Government authorities take all necessary steps to check and prevent such incidents, including police and legal action, under the provisions of law.

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