The UK has opened a new visa category for greenlighting applications for foreign tourists. 

This visa is intended for those intending to visit the UK for up to five years. 

It requires a UK passport and will allow people to enter the UK on the same day as a UK citizen. 

“The UK is an attractive destination for people who want to come and work, invest and live, and for people to visit their loved ones,” Dr Peter Dittrich, head of the department of international relations at Warwick Business School, said. 

The UK’s Green Dot Visa category allows people who live in the UK to stay in the country for five years and then extend their stay, up to a maximum of five years in total. 

According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, this will be a welcome boost to the economy. 

Dr Dittric said the UK was “lucky to have a world class tourism industry” and that this new visa would “add to that”. 

He said the government hoped this new category would make it easier for tourists to travel to the UK. 

There are currently around 3,000 Green Dot Visas on offer, which are valid for five days. 

However, it is unclear whether these will be extended to 10 years.

The UK government announced that the number of visas available for foreign visitors to the country will increase from 10 to 25 per cent from June. 

They are also making changes to the visa application process for people intending to enter Britain on the first of September. 

These include making the UK’s immigration system more efficient. 

From May 1, 2017, applications for Green Dot visas will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, rather than on a quota system, as is currently the case. 

In February, the government increased the number that are eligible for a Green Dot visa to 1,000. 

Since March, the number for Green Visa applications have been capped at 2,000 per year. 

Those who want a Green Visa should apply in person for the first time in June.

“The Government has always encouraged people to come to the United Kingdom for a year, so this new green visa will help people who are coming here on their own to extend their stays,” Mr Dittriff said.

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