02 March 2009
Home Office uses magician to warn of tough UK visa stance
The UK Border Control (UKBA) stopped a Turkish magician from entering the country at Liverpool's John Lennon airport last month because he did not have a UK visa.
The man claimed he was en route to the Intercontinental Stage Magic Championships in Blackpool, however because he lacked a UK visa he was not allowed to pass border security at the airport.
The Home Office has used the man's plight as a warning to non-EU travellers to the UK that they would not tolerate people taking advantage of the UK immigration system.
"Visitors to the UK must play by the rules. If they need a visa to come here and they haven't got one, there's no magic wand they can wave to get in. They will just be sent back," said a spokesperson for the Home Office.
"Nationals of over 100 countries - three-quarters of the world's population - must apply for a six-month visitor visa if they want to come to the UK. Our visa checks now require everyone to be fingerprinted, locking them to one identity, and checked against government watch-lists. They are then screened and counted in and out of the UK using the UK Border Agency's e-Borders system."
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in UK visa and immigration services.