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December 2018: NEW call for written evidence for inquiry into UK short-stay visas
The APPG for Africa together with AFFORD and the APPG for Malawi are gathering evidence and information on following questions:
1) What is your experience of supporting African nationals in applying for visas to attend conferences / events / training sessions in the UK?
2) How many times have you supported African nationals to apply for a UK visa, of whatever type?
3) How many were rejected or approved? What were the most common grounds for refusal given? How many were granted, but too late to allow the participant to attend?
4) For those that reapplied, how many were subsequently granted visas? What circumstances changed in their application? Did they resubmit with additional information? And did the visa arrive in time for them to attend the event?
6) Have you seen any evidence of inconsistency in decision-making regarding visa applications?
7) What do you understand to be the main barriers to submitting successful visa applications for African nationals? And can you estimate how many might have decided not to visit the UK because of the difficulty of obtaining a visa?
Please note that numerically presented evidence is particularly valuable.
Written statements should be submitted as soon as possible to Hetty Bailey on firstname.lastname@example.org but no later than Tuesday 29th January 2019. (NB- Statements should be succinct, refer to the questions above, be no longer than 1500 words and in Word document format).
The Royal African Society with the APPG has published 11 full policy and research reports, the most recent of which is on Africa-UK Trade and Development Cooperation Relations in the Transitional and Post Brexit Period launched in February 2017. The Government has responded to our reports in broadly the same way that Ministers respond to Select Committee reports, and some important changes in UK Government policy have followed our reccomendations.
The APPG additionally produces shorter reports based on APPG activities, for example the APPG’s submissions to Select Committee Inquiries, the most recent in February 2018 where the APPG & RAS submitted evidence to the International Trade Committee of the House of Commons and to the Trade Bill Committee based on the work on UK-Africa trade post-Brexit. Prior to that, in October 2015 the APPG submitted to the International Development Committee on the UK's response the the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and in March 2016 to their Nigeria inquiry following the report from APPG Chair, Chi Onwurah MP who had recently returned from a trade mission to Nigeria.
Links to past APPG policy reports can be found at the bottom of the page.
Africa APPG Annual Reports (including AGM minutes and Income & Expenditure Statements):