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US Considers Removing British Visa Waiver

Read in a paper earlier today that America is considering rescinding the Visa Waiver Scheme it has with the UK as we are now viewed by 'those in power' as a bigger terror threat than Afghanistan. The UK government has been criticised for having a softly-softly approach towards the Islamic community that resides here and the US feels that potential terrorists of, say, Pakistani origin, will bypass screening routines to uncover them because they are British Passport Holders.

By removing the Visa Waiver Scheme and making everyone from the UK have to apply/buy a Visa to enter the States it will mean th4e US can carry out greater security checks on each person.

Of course it will also mean having to que at the American Embassy to get a Visa, almost certianly have to pay money for a Visa and make travelling to America (be it on pleasure or business) a much harder and more annoying task.

The thing that makes this more irritating for me (if the NeoCons get their way and stop the Scheme) is that I once had a Lifelong Visa valid up to six months a time (and only having to be outside the US for one 24 hour period before the clock was reset for another six months) for the States which I got when I went to school over there. The thing was they removed that when I updated my passport in the early 90's as the Waiver Scheme had come into effect so they claimed I'd never need it again.

Looks like I might do now :(

Curse them.

(6m Brits in US visa curb; The Sun Online; Wednesday 30th August 2006)


Aug. 30th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
I think it would end up being a two-way thing. Our civil service isn't exactly known for doing other countries *favours* after all. Especially if they feel affronted for whatever reason :p

It's just annoying. To be honest, I think it'll take a lot more before something like this kicks in. I don't think Bush will want to piss Blair and the UK off *that* much at present - regardless what neo-cons are whispering in his ears...

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