Nigerians may have UK visas fast-tracked post-Brexit
If the UK Parliament gets its way, Nigerians and citizens of other Commonwealth nations may soon enjoy fast-tracked visas into The United Kingdom and be generally made to feel more welcome.
This development is contained in a letter published in the UK Telegraph, written and signed by 45 Conservative MPs, and addressed to the British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.
The letter argues that, Post-Brexit, more importance should be placed on Britain’s relationship with the Commonwealth and that, as a starting point, the border control system should be favourably reconfigured.
Crucial excerpts from the letter:
“I am writing to urge you to extend the hand of Friendship to our Commonwealth partners.
“In the previous century, Commonwealth countries stood with Britain as we faced existential threats from abroad but as we pivoted to Europe, increasingly, our Commonwealth allies were left in the cold.
“We must be clear about the importance we place on our relationship with the Commonwealth and start the process of strengthening ties for crucial future trade negotiations.
“A key starting point in the renewal of our ties with our Commonwealth partners should be a re-configuring of our border control system.
“Firstly, signs at border control that class every non-EU national as “All other passports” should be changed to “The Commonwealth and all other passports”. This is a small step but one that can be enacted quickly.
“Secondly, the government must commit to examine ways to reduce wait times for Commonwealth citizens entering the UK, perhaps through the use of dedicated Commonwealth border control gates. Entry processing may not be as quick as in the EU channel as several of the 52 Commonwealth nations require a visa for travel to the UK however, this would send out an important message about the value Britain places on its relationship with the Commonwealth.
“Finally, access to the Registered Traveller Scheme should be further expanded to include additional Commonwealth countries. This program, predominately aimed at the business traveler, allows some foreign nationals who meet specific requirements to register and use the UK/EU lanes and e-passport gates, dramatically reducing the time spent waiting in line.
“Home Secretary, you are in a position to effect real, positive change in our relations with our Commonwealth partners. It would be a shame to let this opportunity pass us by.”