'Largest' immigration firm on police radar

Claiming to be the ''world’s largest immigration group'', multi-billion rupee WorldWide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS) here is under the police scanner after it was found dealing in work permit visas without having a licence for it.

Chandigarh police, which have a special investigation team to probe into the immigration fraud being played on youth by immigration firms in and around this city, conducted raids on the sprawling headquarters of the WWICS in Mohali near here and other offices of the firm in recent days. Police claim to have found that WWICS had been running its business ‘illegally’ since it had no licence from the Protectorate of Emigrants since 2008.

But a WWICS spokesman said: “The services provided by WWICS are not under the ambit and not amenable to the provisions of The Emigration Act, 1983. We are working in a transparent manner since 1993 and have built the trust and confidence of the people.”

The first raid on WWICS was at its office here in Sector 22 on February 2 along with 19 other immigration firms in the city. The offices of all firms were sealed by police and documents and records taken away for investigations.

“WWICS is a big name in this field. We did our complete homework before raiding their premises. Serious anomalies in their business were found during investigations. They have been fooling people for a long time. Investigations are still being made from their records and the people they have sent abroad without having the licence to do so,” SIT head Anil Joshi said here.

As per the WWICS website, “Established in 1993, the WorldWide Immigration Consultancy Services is the world leader in providing Global Resettlement Solutions, which is vouched by more than 80,000 people who have happily settled in their dream destinations like Canada, USA, UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

WWICS and its promoters have been in controversies earlier over immigration cases and land dealings. A golf resort set up by the company near Chandigarh was declared illegal by the Supreme Court.

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