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People of Commonwealth want Visa Free Travels Amongst Close Commonwealth Countries

September 2016, 20
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People of Commonwealth want Visa Free Travels Amongst Close Commonwealth Countries
A petition was raised in order to arrange visa free travel for citizens of close common wealth countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand to UK. The petition has now 200,000 signatures. People from these three countries need visa to travel to UK to live and work there, even though these countries shares centuries of cultural and historic links with UK, whereas citizens of European Union members do not need one.

This could change in future, as UK is under the process of exiting from European Union.  The petition shows that there is strong backing for freedom to move to UK to work and live. The petition was started by Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organization, this has more than 162000 signatures and a separated parliament e petition has another 45000 signature. 

Common culture, language and values are the points put forward by CMFO in favor of a freedom of movement between these countries. 

Citizens of UK, New Zealand and Australia already enjoy visa free travel to Canada, provided they have a valid passport, healthy, without any criminal records, and finance to support their stay and other expenses. Authors of the petition want this type of agreement between these countries. We have the opportunity to advance our immigration policies, as four independent nations, and re-establish the free movement protocols that have lay dormant in our parliaments for so long, the opportunity to establish free movement between the newly independent United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada,’ said CFMO founder James Skinner .

He also added that such a move will generate greater prosperity and improved relations. All that takes is diplomatic cooperation of four governments. This will help in great future for all the current generation and future generations.

Demography of the support for the petition is great; it has been able to get support from common people and high profile politicians as well. This idea is also well supported by the Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop. According to her, ability to work, live and study in UK and vice versa is a vital part of the close relationship between these two countries. 

‘Should we be in a position to conclude a free trade agreement after Brexit well then obviously improved access can be the subject of a free trade agreement? Australia is a significant investor in London in particular and the UK is a significant investor in Australia so we have an interest in ensuring that this relationship endures and that’s one way that it will do so,’ she explained.

Major concern now is that it has become hard for an Australian to move to UK, and the number of Australians living in UK has fallen by 40% since 2008. People of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa have been affected because of UK’s stringent immigration policy on Non EU countries.

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