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A UK Border Agency immigration officer has admitted to illegally issuing visas to non-qualifying immigrants allowing them to stay in the UK.

Samuel Shoyeju, 53, of Namur Road, Canvey, Essex, worked as an entry clearance officer in Croydon for the UK Border Agency, part of the Home Office.

He has been warned he faces a lengthy jail term after he admitted misconduct in a public office.

Shoyeju appeared at Basildon Crown Court, and pleaded guilty to one charge of wilful misconduct, by granting indefinite leave to remain to non-EU nationals who did not qualify under immigration laws before April 30, 2008.

Few details of the offence were heard in court, but prosecutors said there was evidence Shoyeju had received payments of tens of thousands of pounds into his bank account.

It is understood the visas were granted to Africans, particularly people living in Nigeria, and wanting to live and work in the UK.

Shoyeju, who wore black glasses and a light grey suit, has been remanded in custody to await sentencing.

A string of six other alleged offences, including counts of money laundering, were dropped against the father-of-three.

His co-defendant, Violet Savizon, an immigration officer, 47, from Dagenham, will go on trial next week, accused of immigration offences.

Lucy Kennedy, prosecuting, said there was documentary evidence showing payments of tens of thousands going into Shoyeju’s accounts.

She said:

“There is an inference to be drawn in that Mr Shoyeju did receive funds.

“The fact is, we do not know why he was doing it. For the purposes of sentencing the Crown say the most critical point is the vast breach of trust.”

The Crown said there was evidence of two people who were given counterfeit “indefinite leave to remain” letters which Shoyeju had made.

Stephen Linehan QC, for Shoyeju, said: “My case has always been that he did not do this for money. There is absolutely no doubt about it.”

Shoyeju will be sentenced at a later date, most likely once the outcome of Savizon’s case has been concluded.

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4 Responses to “UK Immigration Officer illegally issued visas for cash”
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  1. […] of immigrants who were fraudulently issued with visas for cash by the rogue UK Border Agency official remain at large almost four years later, the court […]

  2. Ann bron says :

    This has been going on for year? I said to people when this governements comes into power this will all be flushed out and it has. This action is giving section of the British community a bad name

  3. S K Abbas says :

    You should write to UKBA and set out the reasons why you believe you have been issue with the wrong leave to enter time.

    Go to their (UKBA) website and get the address or call them to get contact details on 0870 606 7766.

    You are best of citing immigration rules as they will support your assertions. Particular note should be given to the wordings of the Immigration Rules as they impy that there is no discretion to be applied in the amount of time to be granted to you.

    hope it helps.

  4. rammohan says :

    i am student from india. I am pursuing masters in London and my current visa status is Tier 4 general student visa. My CAS show that my course starts on 26 september 2011 and ends on 30 th october 2012. As per UK Border website the leave period to remain in UK for non-EU students should have been, in my case, upto January 2013(full length of the course + 4 months) But the leave period to remain in UK on my visa issued by the DEputy High Commission in Chennai is upto November 2012 only. This is really appalling and unfair. To whom do I approach to address my greivance and sort out the issue in order to extend the visa for the length of period I deserve.

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