Jul 1, 2011, 12:10 PM
formality checks were provided to the Media Department, a full version of the
Point can confirm that the new UK Immigration rules are further widened
and in accordance with the
The Home Office believed that under the new plan, it would be able to close a route 'exploited by smugglers, illegal immigrants and terror suspects'.
The statement amongst others said: 'Britain thrives as a society and economy which is open for business, education, culture and tourism to people from around the world, but we want to do that in a way that enables us to distinguish clearly and effectively legitimate from illegitimate travellers'.
Therefore it added: "We are completing some of the biggest ever changes to strengthen Britain's border security by implementing a system of triple checks: stronger overseas checks including fingerprint visas and wider pre-arrival screening; tougher checks at the UK border itself; and strong new measures within the UK: against illegal immigration, organised crime and other threats".
Secretary also revealed in the government's statement that 'even where a visa
regime is the final outcome, we have improved co-operation on migration matters
with the countries concerned'. The statement further revealed: 'We will not be
introducing new visa requirements at this time for certain countries involves
in the final stage of the Test:
stage, beginning on 3 March, will require only first time visitors to the
can show a satisfactory previous travel history to the
for all these countries will be by the middle of 2009 and the government will
announce the final dates at least 21 days before imposition. According to the
statement all the new visa regimes will be implemented to the high standard of
The government's decision has also been strengthened by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in the country who during the fast few months reportedly uncovered a group of people on 'forged or stolen South African passports' in the country. Government officials insisted that it is vital to put such security into consideration hence the decision.
critics are worried that such restriction may affect the tourism industry
taking into consideration that over 400,000 South Africans visit the
recently South Africans remain the fifth largest group of visitors to
Furthermore it is an open secret that the government has been under pressure from some members of the opposition Conservative Party regarding immigration issues. Few minutes ago one senior conservative MP has asked the Prime Minister to inform the House of Parliament 'how many illegal immigrants were deported'.
Reacting to the new rules, Jo Pityana, a South African graduate in London told the Point : 'Despite the fact that the actions of a few minority may have negative effect on others, it is imperative that the UK government let us know in a transparent manner in order for those affected to prepare themselves for the future'.
the government has been hailed by human rights associations and religious and
faith groups to ban Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch MP whose film linking
Islam with terrorism from entering the
MP reportedly wanted to show his controversial film at an event in the House of
Lords but to his disappointment he was told by the