Vanuatu loses visa-free access to UK

All visitors from Vanuatu, Timor-Leste, Dominica, Honduras and Namibia now need a visa.

Britain's Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, said any decision to change a visa regime is not taken lightly.

"Careful consideration of Dominica's and Vanuatu's operation of a citizenship-by-investment scheme has shown clear and evident abuse of the scheme, including the granting of citizenship to individuals known to pose a risk to the UK," she said.

Springboks star to miss Wales game over visa issues

According to Rapport newspaper, while Nkosi does has a valid passport, but he doesn’t have the requisite number of blank pages in it to be able to apply for a visa. The technicality means he is highly likely to be out of contention for selection against Wales.

The Cell C Sharks speedster – who has a reported 100-metre time of 10.59 seconds – has not joined the squad in Cardiff as a result.

My family hell! : England winger Joe Cokanasiga on the Government's refusal to grant his ex-soldier father a visa

In October, the Bath wing finally returned to rugby after splitting a tendon in his knee at the 2019 World Cup.

But that long quest paled into insignificance when considering the fractures his family have faced this year.

Cokanasiga has not seen his father, Ilaitia, for 12 months.

The last time was at sister Misi’s wedding in Fiji last December.


Covid testing will not lead to penalties for invalid visa holders - NZ govt

Hundreds of seasonal workers have been stranded in New Zealand over recent months, some with expiring visas.

Pacific leaders had already raised concern about those with uncertain immigration status missing out on assistance or healthcare because of fear of being discovered.

However the minister, Chris Hipkins, encouraged them to get tested for Covid-19 if they needed to.

"We will not use the information collected through the Covid-19 testing process for other purposes, including for immigration purposes," Mr Hipkins said.

Vanuatu chicken farmer challenges visa denial over gun

Chico Farm's Kenneth Thode was told in June that his visa had been cancelled but he said he was challenging that decision.

Thode was told he had threatened staff and neighbours with a rifle which caused concern among the people of Vanuatu.

He said the issue seemed to be around an incident involving a firearm last year when he tried to chastise staff over theft and growing marijuana on the farm.

"So I brought them down to have a meeting. I had everyone around.

Passports seized of tourists defying Vanuatu work ban

The visitors were reportedly involved in harvesting sea cucumbers.

The agriculture department says under Vanuatu laws, it is illegal for foreigners to be employed and the penalty of the breach of visa conditions is just over USD 2,000.

Blatter won't stand down despite call from sponsors

The major sponsors each issued statements saying Blatter should quit after Swiss criminal proceedings were opened against him last week.

Coca-Cola took the first step, saying: "Every day that passes FIFA's image and reputation continues to tarnish."

McDonald's said Blatter going would be "in the best interest of the game".

The 79-year-old is accused by Swiss prosecutors of signing a contract that was "unfavourable to Fifa" and making a "disloyal payment" to UEFA president Michel Platini but denies any wrongdoing.