Nigeria : UK visa delay for young Nigerians

panafrica

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Britain has imposed a ban on entry visas for young Nigerians aged between 18 and 30 who intend to visit the UK for the first time.
The British High Commission in Nigeria says it cannot deal with the high number of visa applications, which have nearly doubled in the last two years.

The temporary ban will remain in force until next year, while the office is reorganised to improve visa service.

But an official at the Nigerian presidency said it was "very unfair".

"We enjoy a close relationship with the United Kingdom," said Femi Fani-Kayode, special assistant to the Nigerian president on public affairs

"I don't think this is the way to strengthen ties between the two countries."

Forged documents

The visa refusal rate is particularly high in Nigeria, where about 80% of applications from young people are turned down.

Some are rejected because they have forged documents, says the BBC's Anna Borzello in Lagos.

The UK Foreign Office said it will improve the service offered to applicants.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4425079.stm
 

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This really makes you think. What are the british leaders thinking? It seems to me that they affraid that these Nigerian brothers are going to come in and take over. All they seek is refuge and a chance to be free...
 

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The difference between our country & the UK is that the UK knows these Nigerians aren't coming over to cut the grass and clean the dishes!
 

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Think this is where part of the problem comes in

Godssoulja said:
This really makes you think. What are the british leaders thinking? It seems to me that they affraid that these Nigerian brothers are going to come in and take over. All they seek is refuge and a chance to be free...

Those studying in the UK, or members of Business Express - a scheme for large companies with strong UK links - will not be affected.

And first-time visitors who are married to someone with proof they have travelled to Britain in the last five years can also still apply.

Cases will also be considered in a "genuine emergency or on urgent compassionate grounds", the Foreign Office said.

The British High Commission in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, and the Deputy High Commission in Lagos deal with 23,000 visa applications a month.

The spokeswoman said the Foreign Office did not want to stop all applications and welcomed Nigerians to the UK.


All sounds good so far right:


"First-time visitors, particularly within that age group [18 to 30], are particularly time-consuming, each has to be interviewed and obviously an intention to return has to be verified."

They are not applying to immigrate! they are applying to visit, and then stay. Same problem here with lots of other nations, they come for school, vacation, etc, then just don't leave. Maybe they should be applying for residency visa's,



Demand for visas has risen by a third in the last five years to reach roughly two million a year.

"The Public Accounts Committee found recently that one in five posts could no longer cope with daily demand for visas."
 
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