Friday, 1 January 2010

UGANDA: Government plans to scrap Diaspora visa fees

The government plans to scrap visa fees it charges Ugandans in the Diaspora when coming back home.

At a two-day Diaspora Summit held in Kampala, State Minister for Internal Affairs Okello Oryem said: “The Immigration department will design special stickers and in that case you will not be charged visa fees when you come back home because you’re citizens.”

According to records from the Immigration Office, people who were formerly Ugandans are charged $400 (Shs760,000) as visa fee.

The scrapping of the visa fee is part of the government’s new strategy that will manage pertinent issues affecting Ugandans living in the Diaspora like harassment and their legitimacy to stay in the respective countries where they live.

“A fully-developed diaspora department will also help guide you on how to invest and succeed back home. In the past Ugandan embassies have been a no-go area for the Diaspora but this is going to change,” he added. Read more

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