UK Naric launches verification service for visa applications

UK NARIC, the designated organisation for providing information on global qualifications and skills, has announced a new partnership with the DataFlow Group to provide Primary Source Verification (PSV) services to prevent fraud in student visa applications.

Through the partnership, UK NARIC member organisations, which include most UK higher education institutions, can access PSV services to assist in authenticating the credentials of overseas students and professionals applying to study or work in the UK, the organisation said.


In a statement, the organisations said this would enable members to mitigate concerns when recruiting from high-risk markets that have a greater incidence of fraud.


Aiman Shebabi, Chief Commercial Officer of the DataFlow Group, said, "By extending our PSV service to UK NARIC members, not only are we helping them make informed admissions and recruitment choices, but we are also contributing to the implementation of robust verification programmes throughout the UK and Europe.


"We look forward to seeing this new partnership with UK NARIC grow, and are confident it will yield positive outcomes for the community and all involved parties."


The PSV service features an online document upload process and provides a written verification report detailing the results, which the organisation said could be used as audit trail evidence to support admissions decisions or as part of compliance record keeping.


Paul Norris, Deputy Managing Director of UK NARIC, said, "Educational fraud and fraudulent applications for work and study are a growing problem that has serious consequences for institutions and the safety of our society as a whole. PSV processes can be an invaluable step in rooting out problem applications, and can mitigate concerns with high-risk markets.


"The DataFlow Group is well placed to offer PSV across a wide geographical area, and we are pleased to offer this added feature for the benefit of UK NARIC members."



By Matthew Knott

News Editor