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Commonwealth Finds No Brexit Benefit When It Comes to UK Visas

Refusal rates are higher for many countries with long-standing ties to Britain.

Commonwealth countries may have hoped that the British government’s promise to focus on the rest of the world after leaving the European Union would make it easier for members of the 54-member organization to live and work in the UK. But that hasn’t happened.

A Bloomberg News analysis of UK Home Office visa applications between 2017 and 2022 (excluding 2020, the pandemic year) found that refusal rates for study, work and family or dependent-related applications from Commonwealth countries exceeded those of nations outside the group.