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Aliens (British Visas)

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 25 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what limits of validity are imposed in the granting of visas for foreigners visiting this country; and is there any discrimination made in the limit of time permitted as between the subjects of different foreign countries.

The validity of a visa does not depend on the nationality of the applicant, but on how soon he will be able to reach the United Kingdom, having regard to the frequency of passages from the country where it is granted and the time the journey is likely to take. The visa is not a permit to enter this country or to stay for a particular period. The time for which he is permitted to stay depends on his reasons for coming here, as explained by him to the Immigration Officer when he applies for leave to land.