Africa: Visas

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th July 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on ensuring that refusals and delays to visas for people from African countries do not impede business, cultural academic and political relations between the UK and African countries.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The policy on the issuing and refusal of visas is a Home Office responsibility. However, we maintain regular contact at official and Ministerial level between our Departments to discuss issues that could impede business, cultural, academic and political relations between the UK and Africa. We will continue to work closely to resolve any concerns.

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