Visas: Malawi

Scotland Office written question – answered at on 12 September 2017.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden SNP Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has had discussions with the Home Secretary on the visa process for the issue of visas to Malawians visiting the UK; and what representations he has received on that process.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

I am in regular contact with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on a range of immigration issues.

The United Kingdom, and particularly Scotland, have long historical ties with Malawi. Many people and organisations across Scotland, including the Scotland-Malawi Partnership, have strong links and provide support to groups in Malawi. I have visited Malawi twice as a UK Government Minister, and have seen for myself the great work that we can achieve together on a number of projects.

The Scotland-Malawi Partnership may sponsor visas, and has raised the issue with officials in the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), who have explored how visa applications can be properly prepared, although all applications must comply with immigration rules.

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