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UK announces new strict rules for visas.… Free UK visa eligibility assessment

UK announces new strict rules for visas.… Free UK visa eligibility assessment

THE British Government has announced tough new visa rules in a bid “to safeguard the visitor route into the United Kingdom from abuse and keep Britain an attractive place to do business.”
The British High Commission released a statement yesterday detailing the new measures.

Under the new rules those wishing to travel to the UK on business for up to six months must apply for a dedicated new business visa and prove they will be carrying out the following activities: attending meetings or conferences; arranging deals, negotiating or signing trade agreement or contracts; undertaking fact-finding missions, checking details or goods; and conducting site visits and promotional activities.

“In June new visa routes for business, tourist and family visitors were announced in a shake-up of Britain’s short-term visa system,” noted the embassy in the statement.

The British Government through its Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas, says it was now introducing “an Australian-style points system for selective migration” and “it makes sense to tighten visit visas at the same time.

“These changes will help create a fairer Britain with fair treatment for those who play by the rules, but tough action against those who break the law,” said Woolas.

“We want the UK to stay open and attractive to both business and visitors. At the same time we are determined to deliver a system of border security which is among the most secure in the world.”

Last week also, the British Home Office set out further detail on two new visitor routes for sportspeople and entertainers, recognising the important contribution these individuals make to British cultural life.

“These new routes mean that an historical concession which allowed sportspeople and entertainers to come here for a short time without a work permit to take part in certain events will be retained,” it said.

Under these new routes the following people will now be able to enter the UK using a dedicated new visa: sportspeople and support staff coming for specific events, such as Wimbledon; amateur sportspeople joining UK amateur teams for up to six months;
professional entertainers coming to the UK to take part in music competitions; amateur entertainers travelling to the UK for a specific engagement; professional entertainers coming to take part in a charity show or where they will receive no fee; and professional and amateur entertainers taking part in a ‘permit-free festival’ such as the Edinburgh Festival.
“All of the changes set out in the document published will sit alongside the Points Based System, which replaces around eighty different work permit routes with just five tiers.”

“Those travelling into the UK are locked into one identity through the introduction of fingerprinting for all visa applicants, a new hi-tech system for counting people in and out of the country and the rollout of ID cards for all foreign nationals,” the British Embassy said.
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