Two employees and a former employee of VFS Global Private Limited allegedly forged documents and fraudulently enrolled the biometrics of 28 individuals seeking to go to Canada.
The company is an outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide with operations in 145 countries.
Vyomesh Thakar, 45, a deputy general manager with VFS Global, has filed a complaint with the city crime branch.
On July 5, 2023, the Canadian high commission sent an email to VFS Global stating that while the biometric enrolments for Canada visa applications of 28 persons were registered with the VFS Ahmedabad office, their appointment letters were never issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office.
According to the procedure, a person wanting a Canadian visa first logs into the IRCC website and makes a profile on it by providing all the required information. Later, his or her biometrics collection (biographic data, fingerprints and digital photograph) takes place at the VFS office.
These details are uploaded on the VFS website following which the applicant downloads his details and sends it to IRCC. Later, the IRCC issues the applicant the visa appointment letter.
when they checked their CCTV footage, they found out that Diwan and Christi had carried out biometric enrolments of the persons when nobody else was present in the office.
An officer with the city crime branch said that the accused had collected around Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 from each person.