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UK: Visitors Face Strict New Rules

New immigration law designed to weed out people who fraudulently came to Britain on business visas.


Britain's tighten immigration policy make life tougher for foreign businessmen,
but not sportsmen, entertainers and artists

Southall , UK, Oct. 18, 2008
Sant Ahuja

On Sarurday, Britain's new immigration minister, Phil Woolas said that we are imposing tougher restrictions on immigration as the global financial crisis lifts unemployment to the highest rate in nearly a decade. This Government isn't going to allow the population to go up to 70 million.

Border guards will be tougher on foreign businessmen who want to invest in Britain. The entertainers, sportsmen and artists will be waved through, under new Rule.

Under the strict new rules, anyone wanting to come to the UK for business reason for up to six months must be finger-printed when they apply for a dedicated new business visa. The officials insisted that its new controls were designed to weed out people who fraudulently came to Britain on business visas.

A member of the Commons' Home Affairs select committee,Tory MP David Davies said, "The Government needs to explain why they are more stringent on business people than on footballers and entertainers."

The CBI Director of Employment Policy, Katja Hall said: “The CBI broadly supports the government approach. It’s important that the government knows who is in the country and what they’re doing here, and the new business visitors system balances the needs of business against other considerations such as security and social issues.

NRI Dalbir Sagoo, rich businessman in London said the Strict New Rules by the British government on people coming to the UK on business visas could damage the economy. The country is already in danger of a recession.

NRI Keith Vaz, Chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select committee, expressed shock at the comment and said, "I would be astonished at Labour Immigration Minister in effect changing the policy. His predecessor and the Home Secretary have made it very clear they do not support a quota."

According to AFP, Britain's population grew by about 3.4 percent to almost 61 million people between 2001 and 2007 fuelled by expansion of the European Union, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Conservative Party's representative said, "We have been calling for immigration limits for years now but the government have repeatedly poured scorn on this. What will be limit on non-EU immigration, transitional controls on future EU immigration?

There has to be a balance between the number of people coming in and the number of people leaving," he said.

The net migration, gap between those entering and those leaving the country, will run at more than 200,000 a year until 2012 and would result in about 70 per cent growth in population over the next 25 years.




Britain's new immigration minister, Phil Woolas