Britain's interior ministry has launched an investigation into a report that some immigration officers gave favorable treatment to attractive and compliant women, the Sun newspaper reported yesterday.
The tabloid paper's report was based on the account of a former immigration officer, who worked at the headquarters in the London suburb of Croydon.
Anthony Pamnani, 23, said he had left the service four years ago disgusted at the behavior of some colleagues.
“One girl came in and told us an admin officer had visited her flat and they had slept together. She got indefinite leave to stay,”he told the paper.
Brazilian women received visas for longer stays than their male companions, without valid reason, he added.
According to Pamnani, basic security controls were often sidestepped.“In many cases”the passports of immigration-hopefuls were only examined to ensure their holders were not convicts or sought by their home authorities.
“It was lazy because they only had to walk a few yards and swipe it through a computer reader,”commented Pamnani.
Home Office Minister for immigration Tony McNulty promised the claims would be looked at.
“Until the outcome of that investigation is known, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further but clearly I will not condone this type of behavior amongst staff.”