UK visa staff hired out by Home Office to hunt migrants

The Home Office has been slammed for hiring out the services of UK Visa and Immigration personnel to hunt migrants and escalating the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy. According to leaked documents, UK Visa and Immigration staff are being offered to public services at a rate of £60 per hour.

The documents outline Home Office plans to embed UK immigration officers across UK public services, including the NHS and local councils, as part of an ‘enhanced checking service’, which targets suspected illegal immigrants and foreign nationals involved in serious crime.

Earlier this year, Workpermit.com reported that the UK visa status of immigrant NHS patients was still being checked using NHS patient data. A similar scheme involving the Home Office and the police was also exposed.

Real-time UK visa status information

The Home Office is offering public services and private firms ‘real-time’ access to information relating to the immigration status of foreign nationals via an on-site UK immigration official.

Immigration officials can be asked to attend interviews and encourage undocumented immigrants to leave the UK voluntarily. Embedded immigration officials can also submit details of undocumented immigrants to UK immigration enforcement officers…….CLICK HERE