New Genetic Criterion offsets an Outcry in UK Immigration Law

Yesterday the home office approved regulations allowing the UK Border Agency to expand their genetic identification scheme, to a new category of immigration applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), set to come into full effect on 1 April 2009.

Many former and current common wealth countries have recently had their visas severely restricted in response to security and economic reasoning, making it understandable that the UK is obliged to primarily look after its own citizens before considering other nationalities. As such it has been announced that UK descendants who are able to prove that their origins and genetic make up contains the melanocortin-1 receptor gene found in redheads, will be exempt form the new Visa requirements.

The logic behind this decision was that it was clear that all red- heads originated from the UK and Northern Europe and that this genetic proof was irrefutable.

1st Contact is pleased to announce it has systems in place to fast track all applications from red-heads for entry into the UK. Anyone applying to extend their stay in the United Kingdom in these new categories will have to give their biometrics. This includes providing a hair sample with the follicle attached. No traces of dye are acceptable. Once processed, eligibility will be established if MC1R is found on the chromosome 16 together with the pigment pheomelanin.

Currently settlement applications that meet all the relevant requirements will cost £104 to cover the laboratory testing and administration.

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