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GARDAI are investigating a major international scam that uses hundreds of bogus companies to gain residency rights for illegal immigrants.
The Irish Independent has learned that gardaí have identified a complex network of more than 1,000 companies and business names registered in Ireland by UK-based criminals.

The investigation is part of Operation Vantage, a three-year-long enquiry by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) which has uncovered widespread immigration fraud that has been generating millions of euro for organised crime gangs.

It is suspected the scam has helped thousands of non-EU nationals, mostly from the Indian sub-continent, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, to gain EU residency rights in order to bypass UK domestic immigration laws in the run-up to Brexit.

Gardaí and UK immigration authorities are involved in a major joint investigation to identify the organisers and trace those who obtained residency illegally.
The investigation, under the command of Detective Chief Supt Dave Dowling, is largely focused on individuals from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.