Three officials disciplined over demanding sex for visas

Three immigration officials had sex with visa applicants wanting to extend their stays in the UK, the Home Office has admitted.

Officials offered sex to the applicants on separate occasions since 1997 but the applicants did not then receive visas.

A Home Office spokesman told The Times said that the officials, who worked at the immigration and nationality directorate in south London, were arrested but were not charged.

One was dismissed, a second resigned and the third is the subject of internal disciplinary proceedings.

The disclosure came a day after the publication of a report into allegations that a sex-for-visas scam operated at directorate offices in Lunar House, Croydon.

The inquiry said that it had found no evidence of a corruption racket involving officials having sex in exchange for visas.

However, it did find that visa staff let attractive women jump the queue, that immigrants had been allowed to settle without security checks and that a ‘laddish’ culture existed at the public inquiry office in Lunar House.

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