Re: UK regulations for visiting artists

From: Emile Tobenfeld (a.k.a Dr. T) (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Apr 14 2009 - 07:08:11 PDT

Proof that we Americans aren't the only ones to
overreact to foreign 'threats'-:)

At 12:04 PM +0100 4/14/09, Rob Gawthrop wrote:
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>(link at bottom)
>The UK Home Office has introduced new bureaucratic procedures for
>organisations that wish to invite non-EU artists and academics to the UK. As
>professionals committed to the principles of internationalism and cultural
>exchange, we are dismayed by these new regulations - which will curb our
>invitations to non-EU artists and academics to visit the UK for talks,
>artist residencies, conferences and temporary exhibitions.
>The system is costly to both the host organisation and to the visitor, and
>has already meant a number of cancelled exhibitions and concerts. All non-EU
>visitors now must apply for a visa in person, and supply biometric data,
>electronic fingerprint scans and a digital photograph. The Home Office's
>158-page guideline document also outlines new controls over visitors'
>day-to-day activity: visitors must show that they have at least 800 pounds
>of personal savings, which have been held for at least three months prior to
>the date of their application; the host organisation must keep copies of the
>visitor's passport and their UK Biometric Card, and a history of their
>contact details; and if the visitor does not turn up to their studio or
>place of work, or their whereabouts is unknown, the organisation is legally
>obliged to inform the UK Border Agency.
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