UK to give top 100 execs VIP visa treatment

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Theresa May, the UK's Home Secretary. (Getty Images)

Theresa May, the UK's Home Secretary. (Getty Images)

The UK is to offer its most important foreign business executives VIP visa treatment as part of a new list currently being finalised.

Some of the Gulf’s most wealthy are likely to be among the list of only about 100 “high value” executives.

The UK Home Office announced the Great Club on Tuesday to ensure executives with “strong ties” to the country are fast-tracked through the immigration system.

They will be given personalised assistance, including their own account manager, but will still undergo the same rigorous checks.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the 12-month pilot scheme would enable the UK to serve the "ever-changing needs" of business and succeed in the global economic race.

“[It would enable the UK to maintain] a competitive visa system that can innovate in order to serve the ever-changing needs of business and ensure Britain succeeds in the global race,” May said.

"We will continue to listen and respond to the needs of high-value and high-priority businesses so that we can provide them with a service that supports economic growth while at the same time maintains the security of our borders."

Leaders have complained that the stringent UK immigration system, which has been tightened since the global financial crisis to restrict those without certain skills, is deterring wealth creators from going to the UK in an increasingly competitive global business environment.

In a separate move, the UK also recently announced Chinese citizens would soon have their visas processed the same day, which already applied to Indians.

Citizens from a further 23 countries – including the UAE – also will be given priority visa treatment by April, taking the total number of countries whose applications will be processed in three-five days to 90.

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Posted by: Ray Jacobs

Some Senior people in the world still use language like " succeed in the Global race" Race? I think a lot of us would like to see language like collaborate , join together, support and the like.

We are in a Global race- images of winners- and others who would be losers in this "race".

Anyone else like to collaborate or join with me ?

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