More Malaysians are now being refused entry to United Kingdom (UK), with between 150 and 200 people turned down upon arrival for the past few months.
The British authority found out in the past, that many Malaysians have been taking up jobs and overstayed, which are against the country’s visa regulation. Some of them overstayed in the country for many years before being caught.
Most jobs normally taken up by them are menial and labor related such as fruit picking, cleaning, restaurant workers and other back end functions.
With strong British currency compared to the Malaysian ringgit, many of those working on part time basis can earn a few thousand ringgits, which are higher than the salary of the corporate executives working back in Malaysia.
Visitors to UK, who come for pleasure and tour are normally given a short term visiting visa, which disallows them to engage with employment activities. The normal period of temporary visa is between three weeks to three months.
The Home Ministry of Malaysia has been receiving notices and complaints regarding the issues. The first notice was conveyed by the British counterpart in 2007, followed by several other notifications.
The United Kingdom has some tough immigration laws and stance, which are strictly enforced. Students and workers who are unable to produce adequate documentation in the airport will either be rejected, or given a temporary visa, in which they need to re-apply again for a long term stay during their employment or studies.