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May 16, 2012

Foreign nationals can't appeal against visa refusal in UK

     London: Most foreign nationals will not be allowed to appeal against refusal to issue a visa to visit family members, the UK's Home Office has announced. A clause in the Crime and Courts Bill will be amended by which the foreign nationals will have to re-apply for visas at their own cost, saving British taxpayers from millions of pounds. According to The BBC, the law is set to come in force by 2014. Interim measures from July will ban appeals for those visiting their family such as cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces or nephews. According to the Home Office, the number of applicants wishing to visit their families in UK has risen to almost 50,000 applicants a year. The department said that this is "burdening the system and diverting resources which could otherwise be used to settle asylum claims and foreign criminals' deportation cases". In future, applicants will need to re-apply for a visa, which start from a cost of 78 pounds for a short-term visit, if they are turned down. Appeals will still be permitted on the grounds of human rights or race discrimination. Immigration Minister Damian Green said: "We are not stopping anybody visiting family in the UK . If an applicant meets the rules they will be granted a visa". The full right of appeal has already been removed from other visas, such as the business and tourist visa. Labour's Commons Home Affairs Committee Chairman Keith Vaz has criticised the change, arguing it will stop relatives coming to the UK to attend family occasions.
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