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Mar 2, 2017

African Immigrants Find Unique Way to Falsify Visas

Mark Tench

Tench said to the Committee that there were ways to “game” the system if one was really in desperate need of a visa. He gave an example of his time in Belize City, where he dealt with Nigerian and Ghanaian residents aiming to try to get relatives and friends to the Jewel to ultimately become citizens. But their tricks, while innovative, almost never got past the Immigration office’s mostly watchful eyes.


Mark Tench, Former Supervisor of Immigration, Western Border

“When I was in charge of the Investigation Section in Belize City, a lot of the Nigerians and Ghanaians that wanted to falsify visas had their own little shop that made the – you can just take a paper. We know because the Government receipt is thicker but they would just get colored paper and print and they would tell people in Nigeria that we bought you a visa, send it and when they come here they show us but we have our receipt.”


Elena Smith, Trade Union Senator

“So I would not be able to go to say, Angelus who sells receipt books and things…”


Mark Tench

“I think they do it on their computer.”


Elena Smith

“But I would be able to get it through – my words – backdoor means?”


Mark Tench



Hearings continue next week Wednesday.

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