April 2014 in St James's Park London: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District
April 2014 at the Eco-Lodge at Lodge Hill activity centre: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District
April 2014: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District
April 2014: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District
April 2014: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District

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Visa campaign interview

Here's a visa campaign video to check out

Proposed meeting of Woodcraft visa campaign working group

We're organising a meeting/phone call for the Woodcraft Folk visa campaign working group. If you'd like to join the meeting/phone call, please respond to the following Doodle link or follow this website's "Contact us" link to get in touch

http://doodle.com/npbcb3kkpbe4vii4.

The draft topics for discussion are:

European Youth Forum welcome judgment of the European Court of Justice

European Youth Forum logo

The European Youth Forum has welcomed the recent ruling from the European Court of Justice in the case of Mohamed Ali Ben Alaya v Germany.

The Forum said that the ruling means that Member States are prohibited from introducing conditions, beyond those in European law, forthe admission of non-EU nationals to stay for more than three months to study.

The forum sees this as a step towards greater mobility for young people and calls for this freedom of movement be extended to those that want to travel to volunteer.

The full press release can be accessed below.

European Commission proposes amendments to Schengen rules on short-term visas

The European Commission has proposed amendments to the rules on short-term visas which apply to the Schengen Area in Europe (ie. the border less zone in Europe). The changes do not directly affect the UK which is not part of the Schengen area.

Before the Commission's proposed amendments become law, they will need to be agreed by the Council (ie. EU member states) and the European Parliament. This is a long process and, therefore, no final changes to the law should be expected before 2015.

Group of Kenyans receive visas for visit to a Woodcraft District in West Sussex, England

We are delighted to report that a group of Kenyans have received visas for visit to a Woodcraft District in West Sussex in England later this summer. The group will be joining young people and children at a Festival of Global Citizenship and Co-operation organised by the District.

Call for stories/case studies to appear on the European Youth Forum's mobility (ie. visa) website

The European Youth Forum (EYF) has launched a call for stories/case studies to appear on its "mobility" (ie. visa) website.

The EYF intends that the stories will be used to help illustrate the problems that exist with the current EU visa system with a view to promoting new and better rules.

Relevant information can be found here - http://intranet.youthforum.org/newsletters/node/79092.

The deadline is 9 April 2014 but I hope that they might except submissions after that.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) - visa application customer satisfaction survey

As I mentioned a few articles ago, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) - the replacement for UKBA - launched a customer satisfaction survey on 16 December 2013 for people applying for a visa from outside the UK. if you are applying for a visa from outside the UK, you will be asked to fill in a new customer satisfaction survey. The survey was initially launched in October 2013 for customers applying for a visa in the UK.

The UK Border Agency has changed its name

On 26 April 2013, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) changed its name to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

To be more precise, UKBA split into two separate entities within the Home Office: (i) UK Visas and Immigration; and (ii) a law enforcement organisation.

Woodcraft visa campaign (November 2013)

Celebrating the visa campaign's achievements (November 2013)

The Woodcraft visa working group and friends met recently to celebrate the campaign’s achievements so far and to discuss plans for the future.

As well as sharing a glass of bubbly and some Woodcraft themed chocolate cake, the group discussed plans to provide training for people who hope to welcome foreign delegations to the UK. Along with this website, the group will continue to pursue its project to bring about changes to UK regulations which will make it more likely that youth delegations and their leaders get visas.

New IFM visa working group

IFM has decided to make the visa issue one of its core priorities for the next three years. This is because arranging visas for IFM events, whether in Europe or beyond, has become increasingly challenging. Exclusive, unfair and expensive visa regimes mean that IFM exchanges, international camps and seminars are no longer accessible to everyone.

IFM plans to establish a visa working group. Membership of the group is open to all of IFM's member organisations and it is hoped that each of the global regions in which IFM is active will be represented

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