Investigation shows how the British Home office increased UK visa profits by millions since outsourcing operations to Dubai based firm

epa06693805 A general view of the sign on the British Home Office building in Westminster in London, Britain, 26 April 2018. Media reports state that British Home Office Secretary Amber Rudd is under pressure as she faced British Parliamentarians questions due to the scandal around the citizenship status of the, 'Windrush generation', people who came from the Caribbean from 1948 and 1971 in response to Britain's post-war labour shortages. EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

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The Home Office has increased its profit on UK visas by millions of pounds a week since outsourcing visa operations to a Dubai-based firm that has been deluged with complaints and accused of exploiting vulnerable applicants for profit, The Independent (UK) reveals.

The report says that VFS, which has its headquarters in the UAE but is owned through holding companies in Jersey, the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg, faces claims of “gross maladministration” and “aggressive” selling of optional services since taking the UK government contract in 2014.

A joint investigation by The Independent and Finance Uncovered found the amount the department makes on average per visa application has increased from £28.73 to £122.56.

Read more on The Independent (UK)

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