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Immigration lawyer calls for visa process overhaul

A change in how the Home Office deals with short-term visa applications from certain countries is “desperately needed”, an immigration lawyer has said.

Sophie Barrett-Brown, a senior partner and head of UK practice at immigration solicitors firm Laura Devine, told delegates at a Westminster Higher Education Forum event on 20 June that the Home Office should change its system as applicants from some countries, including African nations, tend to experience greater difficulties in applying. 

Her comments came after several visa applications by scholars travelling to the UK for an African Studies conference at the University of Edinburgh earlier this month were initially refused, with some overturned following interventions by the conference organisers.

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