24 November, 2020

The Return Ticket

A licensed host has to ensure his invitees leave the UK in time

The Return Ticket
Licensed To Invite
  • A new immigration proposal says a person abroad can be invited by a British citizen only if he has the licence to do so.
  • It will be the responsibility of the licensed host to ensure his guests return before their visa expires
  • If the guests don't return, the host will have to pay a hefty fine and even face imprisonment
  • The new law will mostly impact those who aren't rich enough to stay in hotels.
  • Group visas for tourists will continue.


Ever keen to create new classes and categories, the British are now setting up yet another class: Licensed to Invite, to add to the "Sirs" and the "Members of the British Empire" and what not. The new category does not come with a title, but it's surely got a talking point: "Guess what, I've won a licence to invite my brother from India."

As the Home Office put it, "People will have to become licensed to sponsor family members to visit from abroad under the...


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