Artists Group Hit UK Stringent Visa Control for Foreign Artists

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A group of artists in UK have launched a campaign calling for the reversal of stringent rules that are imposed on foreign artists who wish to enter the United Kingdom.
Foreign based artists including actors, musicians and other professionals in the art sector are having a hard time entering the United Kingdom because of visa restrictions.

Immigration laws that were introduced in UK last year are restrictive according to a group of international artists that have recently launched a campaign calling for the reversal of the stringent visa controls by the Home Office.

No less than Anthony Gormley, a noted English Sculptor who grew up in Kent, United Kingdom, is leading a group of artists in a campaign to relax the stringent rules that apply to visiting foreign artists.

One of the stringent requirements for a foreign artist to enter the UK is to present a verifiable sponsor who is required to pay up to 1,000 pounds fee and take responsibility for the artist and vouch for his activities while in Britain.

‘This country has always been a hub, an airy place where people from all over the world could come and express themselves in art’ said actress Janet Suzman, one of the signatories of a petition calling for the Home Office to look at the rules again.

The petition is signed by prominent artists, including Anthony Gormley, 2004 Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller, the artistic director of the Royal National Theater Nocholas Hythner, Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and the artistic directior of London’s Southbank Center, George Kelly, according to guardian.co.uk

A UK Boarder Agency spokesman said, ‘We want the United Kingdom to stay open and attractive fro creative artists. But at the same time, we are determined to deliver a system of boarder security which is among the most secured in the world’.

‘All migrants, not just artists, seeking to come to the UK to work or study, except for the most highly skilled, will require a certificate of sponsorship’. He added

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