House of Commons
JOINT ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP REPORT ON VISA PROBLEMS FOR AFRICAN VISITORS TO THE UK
EDM #2723
Tabled 25 September 2019
2017-19 Session
That this House welcomes the publication of the joint All-Party Parliamentary Group Report by the APPG for Africa, the APPG for Diaspora, Development & Migration and APPG for Malawi entitled Visa problems for African visitors to the UK; understands that the report is the culmination of an investigation in to the high level of visa refusals for African nationals wishing to visit the UK for professional or business reasons; recognises that the report concludes that African nationals face persistent and pervasive problems in obtaining visas to visit the UK; acknowledges that Home Office data shows that African applicants are over twice as likely to be refused a visa than applicants from any other part of the world; reflects that these problems not only damage the UK’s relations with many African countries but also impact on the UK's economic and social interests; further notes that the report makes recommendations for improvements including expedited application processes for those who have to travel to a neighbouring country, clearer information on visa requirements, and greater availability of visa processing centres and document scanning in the country of application; further notes that the report calls for improvements in the standard of decision-making to ensure that supporting evidence is fully taken in to account and that reasons for refusal are not based on prejudicial, biased or financially discriminatory assumptions; and calls on the Government to reflect on the findings of the Report and take immediate steps to improve the experiences of African visa applicants.