August 09, 2006

Visa Discrimination

Qatar's the Peninsula reports quoting an official immigration watchdog:
Thousands of would-be visitors to the United Kingdom are being illegally turned down for visas simply because they are from poor and repressive countries.

Visa nationals from those countries are required to satisfy a higher burden of proof to obtain a visa than others because they meet a socio-economic profile that is believed to indicate they are a risk and provide little economic benefit to the UK if granted leave to enter. The discrimination is unlawful because there are no ministerial authorisations allowing individuals from particular nationalities to be treated differently for entry clearance into the UK.
And I thought such discriminations can only be found in non-democratic or developing nations. But I was wrong.


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