The UK apparently as a problem with Visa applications from Africans. Here's a post about a group of African researchers denied Visas to attend a UK conference on pandemics for unknown reasons.
>We all need protection from infectious diseases – even Britain.
Indeed - the whole of Europe and the world must be on guard against being contaminated by this resurgence in various outdated forms of nationalism!
Even nurses from the Phillipines struggle to get their visas sometimes and we have a shortage of nurses and healthcare workers (not even due to natives not "wanting" the jobs but there are less young people around in the UK due to falling birth rates..)
We have a similar issue in Germany. We have a bunch of Iranian elite students who are supposed to come for a one month internship. Yet the German embassy in Teheran has been so far unable to give them a visa. Or deny it. Or demonstrate any kind of progress at all in the last 6 months.
Update: after lots of haggling and involving the foreign ministry, all but one visa was approved. Although some of the only after their internship was supposed to start. Which required us to buy new plane tickets for those....nice waste of tax money.
@attilakinali Thanks for the update. Hope it all works out okay for the students.
The students are quite happy to get out and see an other country. Especially as not only their whole trip/stay is being paid, but they get a daily allowance, which they use to travel around and see as much as they can.
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