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Diaspora - United Kingdom Updated: August 25, 2023

Visa Scam: More Nigerians Caught In Web Of Deception, Stranded In UK

By Sydney Elike
August 25, 2023
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The number of Nigerians falling for an ongoing scam that involves paying substantial amounts in naira for job opportunities that do not actually exist within the United Kingdom’s skilled worker visa system is on the rise.

According to the latest report the disturbing situation of Nigerian migrants deceived by “travelling agents” is now more concerning as they pay exorbitant amounts of money only to find themselves stranded and without the promised employment upon their arrival.

One such case is that of an unnamed woman who paid £10,000 to an “agent” for a skilled worker visa that was supposed to secure her a job as a carer in the UK. She has been left stranded.

The unidentified lady disclosed that she arrived only for her to find out that the job did not exist.

“The skilled worker visa system is being abused, with middlemen allegedly being paid huge sums of money to arrange jobs in the UK as carers that do not exist. Many of those who can’t get work are struggling to survive, turning to food banks and even sleeping rough”, the report states.

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Mary Adekugbe, the founder of the Nigerian Community Centre in Rochdale, shared that those on skilled worker visas now needing support is a big issue that has increased her workload, something she calls “shameful”.

“About 15 of the 35–40 people who generally come to the weekly food bank have skilled worker visas. We are overwhelmed. People are desperate. It’s so worrying,” she stated.

Additionally, a community volunteer named Jones Adekube decried the experience of another homeless woman who chose not to speak with the press.

“Last week we gave her bread and tuna because that’s what she can eat easily without cooking or warming.

“She did some work when she came in. Initially, they gave her one shift a week, which is 12 hours a week. As time went on, there were no shifts.”

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The report further reveals that in the 12 months to March 2023, 170,993 skilled worker visas have been awarded. In the same period, grants have increased over two and a half times and represent over half of all work visas issued in the health and care sector alone.

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