The UK border agency has said it can introduce visas into the UK for visitors from Dominica and Saint Lucia, after analyzing the results of a visa waiver test in seven Eastern Caribbean countries.
The visa waiver
The visa waiver test is carried out to determine the risk that citizens of a specific country pose to the UK in terms of illegal immigration, crime, and security, to help decide where visas may be required for the UK. It also helps the government determine if visa regimes are in the right places.
UK visa scheme
The test was announced in 2007 when travel from any country outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland was measured against several criteria, including illegal immigration, crime, and security concerns. The assessment found that it was necessary to introduce UK visas for several countries that currently do not have permission, depending on the current level of risk posed to the UK by a sufficient number of its nationals. A UK visa scheme is a simple but very effective immigration, crime, and security control measure.
In this case, the test results showed strong evidence in favor of introducing visas in the UK for citizens of Dominica and Saint Lucia. The UK government will now work with these two countries and try to solve their problems over six months.
The final decision on visitor visa regimes will be made until the end of the six months after all relevant factors affecting both parties have been taken into account.