Shocking but true, not only in India but the places like Lisbon and London also have the professionally managed gangs who make the Portuguese Passport with the help of fake documents and fulfils the dreams of thousands of Portuguese Passports aspirants from all India. These gangs managed to get more than 3000 Indians to UK and Lisbon with the help of passports made using fake documents. 

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Goa is not the only place that has the privileged people who can get their hands on the Golden ticket to the European Countries called Portuguese Passport, the gangs that are operating in the Lisbon and UK have managed to get many Indians into the European Countries by making Portuguese Passport with the help of fake documents. Here is the report…

According to the article published in the Daily Mail Thousands of Indians entered Britain illegally using fake documents bought from criminals exploiting an immigration loophole. 

The report further states that The forged papers entitle holders to obtain EU passports using a bizarre but entirely legitimate back door which gives those living in former Portuguese colonies the right to come to Europe.  

An estimated 3,000 Indians have entered the UK in this manner with the help of a gang operating in Lisbon, London and Leicester, paying the criminals up to £22,000 a time. That’s the exorbitant amount but still, people have paid, that shows the gravity of the demand of Portuguese Nationality, it opens the doors to all the fortune.    

It is a known fact that everyone wants to go to Uthe K by making the use of Portuguese connection in various forms such birth registration in Portugal, having the ‘bilhete de identidade’ and enjoying the dual citizenship (although it is illegal) but many a times people use the illegal procedures to acquire the UK citizenship.

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According to the reports published by Goa Prism It has been estimated that around 40,000 Goans have registered their births in Portugal under the provision offered by the state’s former colonial rulers to those born before Goa’s liberation in 1961 and to their children but holding neither a Portuguese passport nor a ‘bilhete de identidade’ (ID card).       

The forged papers entitles the holders to obtain EU passports using a bizarre but entirely legitimate back door which gives those living in former Portuguese colonies the right to come to Europe. An estimated 3,000 Indians have entered the UK in this manner with the help of a gang operating in Lisbon, London and Leicester, paying the criminals up to £22,000 a time, said the sources.      

Under Portuguese law, Indians born in Goa, Diu and Daman before 1961, or their children and grandchildren, can apply for Portuguese passports because these were colonies of Portugal until those years. As an outcome of this around 20 thousand Indians managed to obtain the Portuguese Passports in India and entered straight into Britain without even setting their foot in Portugal.

Now we can reveal that Portuguese police and the UK’s Home Office and National Crime Agency have gathered evidences indicating that 3,000 Indians obtained the passports with false birth and marriage certificates provided by the gang.       

According to the sources, in the month of December, the Home Office along with the NCA investigators, Leicestershire Police and Portuguese immigration officers raided seven properties in Leicester and one in London. A suspect of Pakistani origin, described as a kingpin in the gang, was arrested in Leicester.     

People waiting in line for their turn at Portuguese Consulate in Panaji

According to the sources, till date, there have been three arrests in Lisbon. Arrested man believed to be a part of the similar gang which operates in Europe and India. To avoid this in future the Portuguese government has introduced new measures to stamp out the fraud. 

All birth and marriage certificates put forward by Indian applicants now have to be checked against originals at Indian register offices. A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We want to restore a sense of fairness to our immigration system.’    

According to the reports, 20,000 Indians obtained Portuguese passports in India, and came straight to Britain without even setting foot in Portugal. These people have also evaded a strict checks on non-EU residents coming to the UK after obtaining Portuguese passports in India which give them full rights to live and work here.

The major reason behind the frauds is, the lucrative job opportunities in the UK and other European Countries and people are ready to do anything. This becomes the platform for the fraudsters and the gangs comes in. 

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