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How could a past visa denial impact my ability to obtain Vanuatu citizenship?

I want to apply for Vanuatu’s CBI program. I know that Vanuatu passport holders can enjoy visa-free travel to many areas, including Schengen countries and the U.K. I was denied a tourist visa to the U.K. two years ago. I am wondering if this could impact my application. Should I submit a statement with my application, explaining the reason for that past visa denial?

  • Vanuatu Information Centre
    March 17, 2019

    The refusal of a tourist visa to the U.K. does not directly impact your Vanuatu application, as the government conducts its own due-diligence checks. If your name is listed on a database for some reason, then you might be flagged. If you could let us know the reason for the past visa denial, then at least we are informed.

  • Discus Holdings Ltd.
    March 18, 2019

    Vanuatu takes special care to screen citizenship applicants. If someone had a previous visa refusal in a country where Vanuatu citizens can travel freely, then a special check is made. The prospective applicant will be required to provide a detailed explanation about the refusal. On the other hand, such a previous visa problem does not mean an automatic refusal of the citizenship application.