Visas: Religious Persons

Home Office written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on granting visas to religious or community leaders who publicly advocate female genital mutilation or cutting.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a crime and constitutes child abuse. The Government is clear that we will not tolerate the practice, which can cause extreme and lifelong suffering to women and girls.

All applications for entry clearance and those seeking entry to the UK are considered on their merits and against the Immigration Rules. If an immigration decision maker is aware that an applicant advocates FGM then they should normally refuse the application.

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