The Immigration SIT accompanied by Protector of Emigrants (POE), Chandigarh, today searched the sealed office of an immigration firm called WWICS in Sector 22.
The police have seized certain documents and advertisements given by the WWICS regarding work permit into their possession. The documents clearly show that the company was issuing work permits without having any work permit licence, which is contravention of the provisions of Emigration Act 1983.
After their office was sealed, WWICS had made a presentation to the UT SSP and stated that their website was a global website and the work permit was meant for overseas clients and not for Indians. The company had also claimed that they were not dealing with work permits in India and they had applied for renewal of their license to the Ministry of External Affairs of India.
During investigation, it was found that the data available on Alexa website, 72 per cent of the traffic on the global website of WWICS was from within India and it is evident of the facts that majority of audience on its “global” website was chiefly Indian.
The company reportedly changed its global website after action by SIT, to show that work permits are meant for overseas branches whereas before action of SIT, no such condition was mentioned on the website. Further, as the company is not in possession of work permit certificate from POE. The manager of WWICS has been asked to clarify 25 points by the SIT as well as Protector of Emigrants within two days.
The SIT had earlier sealed raided and sealed 20 immigration/emigration firms in the city, operating without work licenses.