Britain is planning tougher visa controls, in an effort to tackle illegal immigration. Tourists from outside the EU currently get six- month visas. That will be cut to three months, and there may be a financial imposition as well.
The proposals were unveiled by the Immigration Minister Liam Byrne. “I just don’t see why people, if they are coming to Britain for a short visit or on holiday or to visit a family member, need anything longer than three months,” he said. “This is just part of a general tightening up of the system and it’s part of a sweeping set of changes that we will be making to Britain’s border security over the next 12 months.”
Every person coming into Britain would have to pay a thousand pounds; families whose relatives outstay their visa risk losing the money.
The plans were criticised by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, which said they would discriminate against traditional communities with large families, such as those in the Indian sub-continent, the Caribbean and Africa.