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In November 2010 the UK border agency introduced the requirement for adult applicants from non-English-speaking countries applying for settlement in the UK as Spouse, Fiancée, Unmarried Partner or proposed Civil Partner to take and pass an English language test prior to submitting an application. For further information on this requirement please contact us.       

10 July 2008 - Tough new visa regimes could be introduced for 11 countries following the first global review of who needs a visa to come to the UK, the Government announced today. Everyone applying for a UK visa now has their fingerprints checked before their identity is fixed. So far more than two million sets of fingerprints have been collected with checks flagging up almost 3,000 attempted identity swaps.

The Visa Waiver Test reviewed all non European countries against a set of strict criteria to determine the level of risk they pose to the UK in terms of illegal immigration, crime and security, to help decide where the new regime may be required. The results of the test showed a strong case for introducing visa regimes for 11 countries. These are: Bolivia; Botswana; Brazil; Lesotho; Malaysia; Mauritius; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland; Trinidad and Tobago; and Venezuela. These countries have a combined population of over 300 million - nearly five per cent of the world's population. This means that Britain's visa net could be widened to cover around 80 per cent of the world's population.

The Government will introduce visa requirements for short-term visitors from these countries unless they significantly reduce the risk they pose to the UK by the end of the year. This means visitors from these countries would need to apply for a six-month visa, and provide their fingerprints, before travelling to the UK.
Source: UK Border Agency


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