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How does terrorism affect immigration?

August 22, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Following from the unfortunate recent events surrounding the Barcelona terrorist attacks that occurred on 17th August 2017, a greater focus should be centered upon how these forms of attacks could affect the visa application process for non-terror affiliated citizens wishing to move to the UK.

Heightened by the catastrophic 9/11 attacks in 2001, national security globally has been increased to protect citizens from the re-occurrence of these events. Such measures to ensure this security has been demonstrated through examples such as the increase in armed security in the public, particularly at airports.

However, another focus of maintaining a high level of security to protect a nation from terror-related attacks is to develop a more scrutinised stand point surrounding a nation’s borders.

Therefore, following from the London Bridge terror attack and more recently the terror attack in Barcelona, an important question arises:

What does the ongoing rise of terrorism mean for prospective visa applicants?

Many visa applicants that apply daily could be determined as far from the terror-affiliated spectrum, such as by being highly qualified professionals, entrepreneurs aiming to invest or students with PHD’s – in which by relocating to the U.K. could bring greater prosperity for the British economy. Furthermore, regarding the acceptance of these prospective visa applicants, there is also the ongoing debate regarding how far the human right to the ‘freedom of movement’ should be protected and maintained, in terms of a nation’s border and immigration control.

Thus, as immigration controls tighten in the wake of the recent terror attacks, it may add pressure to any prospective visa applications to the U.K. However, prospective applicants could still find hope if they choose to complete their visa application through immigration lawyers.

This is because immigration lawyers can provide a high standard of assistance, ensuring that any visa application is completed accurately and that the prospective visa applicant submits all requisite documents, ensuring a higher success rate. This is also applicable to businesses who require assistance with the visa applications of their employees.

Therefore, if you are worried about how the rise of terrorism may affect your visa application or any related immigration issues you may have outside of the U.K., please contact one of our specialised immigration solicitors on +44 (0) 20 3318 5794 or email at

Author: Portia Vincent-Kirby