- Outgoing UK High Commissioner says even he couldn't effect the outcome of people's visa applications
- He says even his wife has to apply for visas when she travels to the UK
Outgoing British High Commissioner, Mr. Jon Benjamin, has stated that even he, as the High Commissioner, could not influence the outcome of individual's visa applications.
Mr. Jon Benjamin expressed that a major challenge for him during his time in Ghana had been that people believed that he could influence the outcomes of individuals' visa applications.
“I’m sorry to say this, but a few people think by lobbying me somehow the rules don’t apply or I will click my fingers and circumvent the rules or change the decision,” he said.
Mr. Benjamin went on to point out that even his wife, who is a Chilean national, has to a apply for a visa every time she wants to travel to the UK, and that she had recently done so too.
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“Just a few weeks ago we applied here [in Ghana] for my wife’s visa. She is not British; she is from Chile, so to live with me with our family in UK she needs a residence visa. So we applied for that like everyone else.”
According to Mr. Benjamin, his wife's UK visa application cost the couple "well over £2,000". He added that they did the application online and also went to the visa application center at the Movenpick Hotel too.
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He noted that people were shocked to find out that the High Commissioner's wife of all people needed to apply for a visa, but said that she did and that they went about getting it like everybody else.
“When I say that, a few people say: ‘You are lying, it can’t be true’, but it is true,” he said, speaking to Nana Abenaa in a recent TV interview.
He added that he [Mr. Benjamin] did not want to be part of a system where a chosen few could circumvent rules meant to apply to all, saying, "I don’t like that and don’t want to be part of such a system”.
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