British Prime Minister, Theresa May today announced a new visa free policy for all Commonwealth Member countries except Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania.
The announcement was after series of meetings held with the Rt. Hon Boris Johnson, the new Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Head of Foreign Missions of Commonwealth member countries in the UK.
The decision took into consideration the Socio-Economic Conditions, Good Governance, Foreign Policies and Respect for Human Right for the past 60 months.
She made this known during her address to the House of Commons about the Foreign Policies of her new government. Some Commonwealth Members were excluded since their performance was too much below expected standards.
Under the new policy holders of passports of approved countries can travel to United Kingdom without visa for up to a period of 6 months. However, travellers are required to sit for an online exam known as the Commonwealth Knowledge Test.
Under the same agreement, citizens aged 18 to 30 are eligible to apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa. The Youth Mobility Scheme allows eligible applicants to live and work in the UK for a 24 months period. Applicants under the scheme are required to have a savings of £1,890. Visa fees for the Scheme have also been waived for the Youth Mobility Scheme.
Persons who abuse the opportunity by overstaying in the UK would be sanctioned with a 2 year travel ban.