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Libyans in the UK: ‘piss off’


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[UPDATE: see more recent post]


“The UK Border Agency is aware that the visas of some Libyans may expire before they are able to leave the UK, due to the current situation in Libya. Travellers transiting through Libya to other countries may also be affected. The agency appreciates that this is due to exceptional circumstances.

You should keep proof of original travel plans as evidence of your intention to comply with your visa requirements. You should make arrangements to leave the country as soon as possible.”

See here for original. Doesn’t seem terribly realistic to me. One would have thought the least we could do is tell them they won’t get into trouble for overstaying. It is possible to read that between the lines here but it requires a bit too much imagination on the part of the reader, frankly.

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8 Responses

  1. Oh no! You can bet your bottom dollar that there won’t be any special arrangements for any Libyan students who can’t get the letters they need from the Libyan People’s Bureau to extend their Tier 4 visas. This sort of thing is where the Points Based System really falls down. Gah!

  2. I think that’s a little harsh FM. It’s as clear as day from the above that you won’t get into trouble for overstaying.

    I think your cynicism of the Home Office is engrained to the extent that your opinions on it aren’t objective. The Home Office today is no better or worse than it was, say, 12-18 months ago but your posts of late have been particular unfair whereas your posts a short while back were a little more balanced- though still very anti- Home Office!

    I anticipate a certain type of reply…….

    1. “You should make arrangements to leave the country as soon as possible.”

      How do you read that? If anything I think the post is far TOO fair to the Home Office. At a time when Libyans and others are fleeing for their lives from the country and the UK no doubt takes the view that those refugees should not be repatriated, it is simply unbelievable that UKBA is saying as above. It is totally disgraceful.

    2. I’m trying to be as impartial as possible but I don’t seem the phrase you quote as being unfair/ wrong/ inappropriate. I interpret it as meaning you don’t have to leave now because of what’s going on but as soon as things calm down (and we all hope that’s sooner rather than later) they should make arrangements to leave. What is wrong with that?

    3. If that is what it means, it should just say so! It’s not that hard! At the moment it just says ‘as soon as possible’ with no elaboration.