Relaxing UK visa restrictions for Kiwis will take time – Murray McCully

February 3, 2015 12:56 pm

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, right, and Foreign Affairs
Minister Murray McCully during their joint press conference at the
Beehive today. Photo / Mark Mitchell

New Zealanders will have to wait some time before restrictions on
entering Britain are more relaxed, Foreign Minister Murray McCully has
Following talks with his British counterpart, Mr McCully
said he would like to see visa restrictions for Commonwealth citizens
who wished to travel to Britain relaxed, although he said it would take
Mr McCully confirmed he had discussed the issue at a meeting today with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
“It’s not something that is going to get advanced in the space of a few hours. It’s something that’s going to take some time.

“We’ve not made any breakthroughs but we continue to work
at some options which we think will improve the number of skilled New
Zealanders able to go over to the UK.
“I want to put on record
our appreciation of the work that is done by the Foreign Office to help
ensure that our case is well understood in the [British] system.”
Last week Fairfax reported that British MPs were trying to make it easier for Kiwis to live and work in Britain while on a visa.
MPs were reported to have said European citizens were given an unfair
advantage over Commonwealth citizens when it came to obtaining visas.
Kiwis could travel to Britain under seven different visa categories,
including high-value migrants, skilled workers and ancestry visas,
Fairfax reported.

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