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Visas: Fraud

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for offences of fraud in relation to visa applications there were in (a) England, (b) the East of England region, (c) Essex and (d) Castle Point in each of the last 10 years. (286368)

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts in relation to visa application frauds for offences under the Immigration Act 1971 in England and Wales, the Essex police force area and the East of England Government Office Region from 1998 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the table.

The statistics given relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. For example, when a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Information for Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for the Scottish Executive and the Northern Ireland Office respectively.

Information held by the Ministry of Justice on the Court Proceedings Database is not available at constituency level.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn 2009.

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts for selected offences under the Immigration Act 1971, by area, 1998 to 20071,2

Offence description

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

England and Wales

Person who is not a British citizen: obtaining or seeking to obtain leave to enter or remain in the UK by deception; obtaining or seeking to obtain the avoidance, postponement or revocation of enforcement action—sections 24A(1)(a), 24A(1)(b), 3

9

106

169

117

136

146

74

83

Entering the UK in breach of a deportation order—Section 24(1)(a)

4

5

2

1

7

7

7

6

7

6

Entering the UK without leave—section 24(1)(a)

7

15

14

24

36

39

24

33

63

26

Failing to observe condition of leave—section 24(1)(b)(ii)

5

5

2

8

1

2

1

1

1

Sub-total

16

25

27

139

213

165

168

186

145

115

Essex police force area

Person who is not a British citizen: obtaining or seeking to obtain leave to enter or remain in the UK by deception; obtaining or seeking to obtain the avoidance, postponement or revocation of enforcement action—sections 24A(1)(a), 24A(1)(b), 3

2

3

9

11

27

7

1

Entering the UK in breach of a deportation order – Section 24(1 )(a)

2

Entering the UK without leave—section 24(1)(a)

1

2

1

Sub-total

1

2

3

11

11

28

7

3

East of England Government Office Region

Person who is not a British citizen: obtaining or seeking to obtain leave to enter or remain in the UK by deception; obtaining or seeking to obtain the avoidance, postponement or revocation of enforcement action—sections 24A(1)(a), 24A(1)(b), 3

2

6

20

16

30

8

2

Entering the UK in breach of a deportation order—Section 24(1)(a)

2

1

2

Entering the UK without leave—section 24(1)(a)

1

3

11

2

3

Sub-total

2

1

2

10

31

16

32

11

4

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Figures given represent case that went through the courts on offences from all prosecuting departments including the police and Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Note:

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit.