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Homedocument fraud specialist
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Freelance document fraud specialist UK

I am a trained immigration officer with superior skills in document forgery detection. I possess strong interpersonal skills, sound judgement and a keen willingness to learn and develop in a new field.

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Hourly Rate / Cost:£29.41 per hour (ex. VAT)
Daily Rate / Cost:£235.29 per day (ex. VAT)
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Candidate ID:348224

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CV (Curriculum Vitae) / Résumé

A high-energy, enthusiastic and dependable individual currently employed as a UK Immigration Officer with seventeen years varied experience. Possesses strong verbal and written skills and has gained a wealth of experience conducting interviews and gathering, compiling and analysing information from many different sources. Has undergone a ten week forgery attachment at the National Document Fraud Unit, a recognised centre of excellence in document forgery detection. Seeks a challenging position within a professional environment providing an opportunity for growth and career advancement.

SKILLS
• Skilled interviewer with very varied and comprehensive experience
• Computer literate familiar with personal and job-related programmes
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Excellent written skills- detailed, accurate and timely reports
• Works well as part of a team and equally well alone with the minimum of supervision
• Can follow research through to a satisfactory conclusion
• Able to work to a schedule and within tight deadlines
• Discreet and mindful of security when dealing with sensitive/restricted information.

OTHER POINTS TO NOTE

▪ Security vetted to a SC (enhanced) level
▪ Personal Safety Trained as required by the Home Office
▪ Forgery detection trained at the National Fraud Document Unit
▪ Intelligence trained
▪ POLSA police search trained
▪ Full clean UK driving licence

Employment History

(Apr 2010 & ongoing)

HM Immigration Officer/Policy Advisor

London

• Regularly updating and reviewing general guidance used by Consular officers in Posts abroad ensuring that the information is accurate, concise and tailored to the needs of the different audiences, including customers, Consular officers as well as internal and external stakeholders.
• Answering clearly and fully, with explanation of the Immigration Rules and advice from other sources any queries received.
• Following up more complex issues with colleagues in the Home Office for policy clarification.
• Identifying any trends and follow up with guidance as necessary to Posts abroad.
• Involved in the development of policy to ensure that my team’s view is taken on board and reflected in any changes made. Ensure drafts are forwarded to the overseas network within deadlines and before any changes are implemented.


(Mar 2010 to Apr 2010)

HM Immigration Officer

London

Preventing illegal working and ensuring security on the Olympic Park and Athletes’ Village Sites, through a programme of identity assurance by:
• Checking documentation relating to Identity and Right to Work documents held by all those persons seeking to be permanently inducted onto the sites.
• Providing a point of reference for security contractor staff working on visitor pass issuance at the sites.
• Immediately referring suspected immigration offenders or those holding forged identity documents to Police Officers to effect an arrest.
• Flagging cases of concern for back office checks and accurately recording the categories of Leave to Enter or Remain of those site employees with limited leave.


(Jan 2010 to Mar 2010)

Forgery Officer

London

• Further developing forgery detection skills by undertaking a ten week attachment at the National Document Fraud Unit
• 5 days theory based classroom training, printing course and external visits to a paper mill
• Examining test documents, producing reports and images and making sound assessments
• Compiling witness statements for police and other agencies.
• Acting as Duty Officer and assisting permanent members of NDFU staff
• Assisting with the delivery of a training session.
• Taking part in witness familiarisation & Cross-Examination training


(Dec 2006 to Dec 2009)

HM Immigration Officer

Pan London

• Co-ordinator for cases dealt with under the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) i.e those cases which cannot be discussed in open court due to National Security.
• Managing the detained casework section
• Working closely and routinely with the Counter Terrorist Command at Scotland Yard (SO15), the security services, BTP and other CT units around the UK.
• Working and Liaising with Special Branch Counter Terrorist police based at St. Pancras Terminal, London.
• Assisting with the planning of operations arranged by the Security Service and SO15.
• Intelligence research, compiling statistics and status checks.
• Contact visits for SIAC cases.
• Regularly on-call duty officer for the office and for SIAC bail cases


(Feb 2005 to Dec 2006)

HM Immigration Officer

Croydon

• Working in a large department dealing with all aspects relating to the detention and transfer of failed asylum seekers and other nationals to other signatory states to the Dublin Convention and Regulation.
• Dealing extensively with referrals from nationwide immigration enforcement offices and ports in the UK promptly deciding whether their cases meet the criteria under the European regulations.
• Preparing and drafting detailed detention reports and bail summaries often to tight deadlines
• Line management for two administrative staff
• Daily contact with U.K. colleagues and colleagues in offices abroad.


(Oct 2004 to Feb 2005)

HM Immigration Officer

Student Task Force, Central London

This was a new, short-term initiative aimed at investigating the bona fides of educational establishments based in and around the London area with the specific objective of identifying those that did not operate within the Immigration Rules. A detailed report was written on the conclusion of each investigation which was then used to compile a college register; this is a record which can be accessed by students, ports of entry and British diplomatic posts.


(May 1995 to Oct 2004)

HM Port Immigration Officer

Waterloo International Terminal and juxtaposed controls, Belgium and France

• Examining all arriving passengers to the UK, and those travelling to the U.K. through posts abroad, identifying those passengers who qualify for entry and those who require further examination
• Properly applying the Immigration Rules
• Skilled at conducting both cursory and in-depth interviews
• Following relevant enquiries to reach a satisfactory conclusion
• Making sound decisions and well judged recommendations on the proper course of action
• Trained to detect forged passports, documents, visas and endorsements
• Adept at handling sensitive and restricted material and liaising with OGD Security Services
• Applying professional standards when dealing with the public
• Working closely with Special Branch officers, HM Customs and Excise and French and Belgian control authorities.


(Apr 1994 to May 1995)

HM Port Immigration Officer

Dover Eastern docks and Dover Hoverport, UK

Duties as above though operating a control for foot passengers, cars, coaches and freight arrivals to the UK.

Education

(Sep 1989 to Jun 1993)

Leeds University- Ripon & York campus

BA (Hons) English Lit/ Linguistics (2:2)


(Sep 1986 to Jun 1993)

Sir William Turner’s Sixth Form College

4 A Levels


(Sep 1981 to Jun 1986)

Ryehills Comprehensive School

10 O Levels including Maths and English

SECONDMENTS

Feb 02- Mar 02 British Consular officer: Prague.

This was an operation which was established to reduce the number of passengers travelling to the U.K who did not qualify for entry. This entailed interviewing passengers at Prague airport thereby pre-clearing the flights before their arrival in the UK. This was a very sensitive, high-profile operation and the first of it’s kind attracting a great deal of scrutiny and media interest.


Jan 97-Feb 97 HM Immigration Officer: London City Airport and Thames ports.

Airport on-entry duties plus conducting checks on Merchant Vessels in London docks to examine those members of crew who required leave to enter. Also, enforcement checks at freight terminals along the river for clandestine illegal entrants.

Oct 94-Jan 95 HM Immigration Officer (Enforcement): Intelligence Unit , London.

• Dealing with immigration offenders eg. illegal entrants, those working without permission and those who had overstayed their visa
• Organising visits to home/work addresses (after conducting risk-assessments) to locate and apprehend suspected offenders
• Working very closely with the police and other agencies
• Making sound decisions and conducting risk assessments
• Enforcing the Immigration Act 1971

Assignment History

(This Candidate has recently been shortlisted or contracted for the following people4 assignment)

  • Immigration Compliance Training: We are looking to undertake some formal training on the UK Immigration rules. In relation to checking our employees have and continue to hold the legitimate right to work in the UK. We would also like to do the same for Republic of Ireland legislation if possible. This can be done at a date to suit and we can provide the venue.

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