The Central Bureau of Investigation of India (CBI) has launched a trail of criminals who, for money, issued Schengen visas to everyone. It quickly became clear that a former French embassy official issued visas using forged documents without the knowledge or approval of the head of the visa department of the embassy between January 1 and May 6, 2022.
According to The Times of India, during for almost half a year, the worker had access to approximately 324 files relating to visa requests. Among others, he made visas for his parents. And, of course, also for fake documents
Once the CBI officers figured out exactly who was involved in the illegal activity, they filed a case and began investigating the matter. However, the former employee “intuited” and managed to leave India before the authorities could take restrictive measures against him.
However, investigators were able to seize his parents' passports. Their careful check did not reveal a fake — visa stickers were real. That is, it is practically impossible to determine in hindsight that these particular visas are fake.
Moreover, the visas of the parents of the former employee turned out to be five-year — from January 3, 2022 to January 2, 2027 — and they allow multiple entry into the Schengen area, that is, to all EU countries.
Apparently, other visas that he managed to “issue” a former embassy employee using fake documents and not showing up for an interview also has a long validity period.
This is not the first time that a third country has reported cases of forged Schengen visas. And the general practice is that those who want to enter Europe and stay there illegally choose this way of obtaining a Schengen.