SL Mission in Moscow reveals: Complaints high on fake job/edu agencies
The complaints received by the Sri Lanka Mission in Moscow from Sri Lankans about fake foreign employment and education agencies in Sri Lanka are on the rise.
This year, the Russian authorities apprehended 27 Sri Lankans, and 17 of them were already deported to Sri Lanka after completing their jail terms. A total of 10 persons are still in detention centres in various cities of the Russian Federation, with their legal process continuing.
Several Sri Lankan foreign employment and education agencies, Sri Lankan expatriates living in Russia and some other organised groups are engaged in these illegal activities.
In most cases, students are misled and sent on student/visit visas with false promises of obtaining jobs for higher salaries and also, facilitate crossing borders to European countries. It has been noted that a considerably large amounts of money is being obtained from the students by these agents for the journey to Russia. Thereafter, illegal attempts are made to traffic them via state borders to countries such as Belarus, Ukraine, and Europe.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russia strictly advises Sri Lankans to refrain from using such illegal avenues to reach Russia or any other neighbouring countries. As per the immigration rules and regulations, foreigners travelling to the Russian Federation on visit visas are not permitted to work during the validity period of their visas.
The Mission has been notified by the Russian law enforcement authorities, a number of Sri Lankans have been sentenced and fined for their illegal activities. These activities include, being illegally occupied as migrant workers following the expiry of visas and the violation of immigration rules, possessing forged student/employment visas, and illegal crossing of the state borders.
The Embassy has taken initiatives to keep the relevant authorities and the Governments of the Russian Federation as well as Sri Lanka informed of the details of the reported complaints of human trafficking.
The Embassy strongly advises Sri Lankans to be vigilant about fake agencies, and to refrain from making payments to any illegal bodies, to become victims of human trafficking and instructs to refrain from travelling to the Russian Federation on student/visit visas, seeking employment or with intent to illegally crossing borders to Europe.