The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) under the ministry of Internal Affairs has warned of emergence of a fake website which is fraudulently fleecing unsuspecting people lots of money.
According to a statement from the ministry, the portal-www.evisaforuganda.com/index is fraudulently claiming to be an application portal for e-Visas to Uganda and also overcharge clients.
unlike the Official Website-www.visas.immigration.go.ug which provides for Visas (Visa For Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders, Uganda Ordinary/Tourist Visa, East Africa Tourist Visa, Transit and Multiple-Entry Visas), Entry (Work Permits), Dependant Passes, Student Passes, Special Passes and Certificates of Residence, this fake website has provisions for only Tourist Visas, Transit Visas and Multiple Entry Visas, and will later include other Residence facilities.
“They are for instance charging USD119 (over Shs400,000) for Tourist Visas which is way above the Official USD50(about Shs175,000) fee for a tourist visa to Uganda. This website is designed to confuse clients and appear as though it is legitimate yet its sole purpose is to fleece unsuspecting clients,” the statement reads.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THIS FAKE WEBSITE
The Fake Website does not have the Ugandan Court of Arms and DCIC Logo unlike the official website www.visas.immigration.go.ug.
The fake website has three steps which are basically to; apply on-line, make an on-line payment and check your email for feedback which is designed to simply fleece clients.
Immigration department says that their official website has 4 unique features for easy identification and they include; selecting the Application type, fill the form, add documents, submit and make on-line payments (Only Visas).
“This is to warn all clients not to submit any application through this fake website. The Government of Uganda is not responsible for any loss, monetary or otherwise accruing from using that website,” the statement adds.