Africans Are Twice as Likely to Be Refused UK Visas Than Applicants from Elsewhere; Once Again Raising Discrimination Allegations Against the Home Office

3 min


The Home Office has once again come under a barrage of criticism for ingrained discrimination in the immigration process after a new study revealed Africans are rejected UK visas at a far higher rate than everyone else.

The study, commissioned by The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Africa, found that whilst the overall refusal rate for visas to the UK stands at a modest 12%, the number jumps to an intolerable 27% when considering applications coming from Africa alone.

That number pales in comparison to the refusal rates for people from other continents – 11% for Middle Eastern and Asian applicants and 4% for North Americans.

READ ALSO: Excited Ghanaian Grand Parents Finally Granted Visas to Come to the UK to see Their 4 Grandchildren for the First Time After a Time Wasting Legal Battle with the Home Office

According to the APPG, the unusually high rejection rate for African applicants raises serious questions about ingrained discrimination in the immigration process.

The research cited a lack of quality control as one of the biggest issues plaguing the process, leading to officials taking “erroneous, careless and sometimes offensive” decisions. Some perceive racial discrimination underlining some of those decisions.

With the difficulties in accessing appeals for rejected applicants, it means people with legitimate reasons to visit the UK – for business or to partake in cultural or academic exchanges – are being turned away with little room for redress.

Chi Onwurah MP, chair of APPG, said the issue was causing severe harm to the UK’s relations with numerous African countries, which is dangerous at a time the UK needs to show it’s open for business.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: ‘I’m Just Selling Herbs’ – Mama Gee Speaks After Being Released From Police Custody

“As well as our relations, it damages our economy and society. It is embarrassing, patronising and insulting to African applicants and leaves the slogan of ‘Global Britain’ empty and meaningless,” Chi said.

In reaction to the report, a Home Office spokesperson said: “The UK welcomes all genuine visitors from Africa and wants its visa system to support our important and increasing business and trade ties with the continent.”

“Visa applications from African nationals are at their highest level since 2013 and decision-makers do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion or race.

“We remain committed to getting visa decisions right the first time, every time.” the spokesperson added.

READ ALSO: Agreement For UK’s NHS To Pass Along Migrant Information To The Home Office Shredded After Legal Challenges

Quizzed about the report in Parliament, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, pointed to a 4% increase in the number of African visas granted over the last 10 years as evidence refuting its findings.

If you have recently been refused a UK Visa, Call Adukus Solicitors in London now and our UK Immigration experts will provide the needed assistance to get the refusal overturned if deemed to be unreasonable.

Contact Adukus Solicitors on +447837576037 (Direct and Whatsapp).

Alternatively, E-mail: [email protected]

Adukus Solicitors is a law firm based in London specializing in Immigration & Nationality Law, Criminal Law (including Police Station and Court Representation), Housing Law, Family Law, Prison Law, and Personal Injury.

The firm is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Source: GhanaCelebrities.Com


Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Founding Editor
Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com and AfricaCelebrities.Com a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer and he is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” He currently works at Adukus Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: [email protected]