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Visas: Africa

Question for Home Office

UIN HL16197, tabled on 10 June 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the letter, published in The Observer on 9 June, from 70 senior leaders from universities and research institutes across the UK warning that “visa refusals for African cultural, development and academic leaders ... [are] undermining 'Global Britain’s' reputation as well as efforts to tackle global challenges"; and what steps they intend to take in response.

Answered on

24 June 2019

All visa applications are considered on their individual merits and on the basis of the evidence available, in line with the immigration rules. We welcome international academics and recognise their contribution to the UK’s world-leading education sector.

When we are informed of large academic events, UKVI strategic engagement teams can assist event organisers and attendees with the visa application process.

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