The UK border agency has announced that it may introduce visas to the UK for visitors from Dominica and St Lucia, after analyzing the results of a Visa Waiver Test on seven countries in the eastern Caribbean.
The Visa Waiver Test is carried out to determine the risk that a specific countries’ citizens potentially pose to the UK in terms of illegal immigration, crime and security, to help decide where visas to the UK may be required. It also helps the government determine whether the visa regimes are in the right places.
The Test was announced in 2007 when travel from any country beyond the European Economic Area and Switzerland was measured against a range of criteria including illegal immigration, crime and security concerns. The assessment found that there was a need for introducing visas to the UK for a number of currently visa free countries, based on the current level of risk posed to the UK by sufficient numbers of their nationals. A UK visa regime is a simple but very effective immigration, crime and security control measure.
In this case results of the test showed a strong case for introducing visas to the UK for citizens of Dominica and St Lucia. The UK government will now work with these two countries and try to resolve the its concerns during a six-month period.
The final decision on visitor visa regimes will be taken until the end of the six-month period after all relevant factors that concern both sides are considered