Visa-free movement between four Commonwealth allies gets support from over 200,000 people
Posted on September 10, 2016
Visa-free movement between the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand has received support from more than 200,000 citizens of these four countries.
The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation’s petition on change.org has gathered the support of 161,896 people, while more than 45,000 signed a separate parliament e-petition.
These movement’s supporters say that as the UK is now geared up to leave the European Union’s free movement zone, it is in its interest to follow similar agreements with its old associates in the Commonwealth.
As per the parliament petition, which is a recent poll by the Commonwealth Exchange, 70 percent of Australians, 58 percent of Britons, 82 percent of New Zealanders and 75 percent of Canadians approve free movement between these four countries.
In the parliament petition, it is stated that the shared language, culture and values would make Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK major partners in a freedom of movement pact.
Express.co.uk was quoted as saying that in 2015, Britain’s issuance of visas to citizens of Australia, Canada and New Zealand increased by 5.3 percent, 4.6 percent and 21.2 percent, respectively, when compared to the year prior to it.
If the population is factored in, the percentage of work visas granted to Australians, New Zealanders and Canadian by Britain is higher than those for any other country.
In fact, citizens of Australia, New Zealand and the UK are already eligible to travel to Canada without a visitor visa so long as they have a passport, are in good health, have financial resources to support themselves and are without a criminal record.
James Skinner, the founder of The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation, said that they have option to advance their immigration policies, as independent nations, and restore the free movement protocols that have been in hibernation.
Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, had earlier appealed to Britain and Australia to come up with a free labour mobility zone to encourage intermingling of people of these two countries.
If you want to travel to any of the above-mentioned four countries, approach Y-Axis to get help and assistance to file for a visa at one of the 19 offices located in all of India’s major cities.