Breaking news: United Kingdom grants visa for Ramy Essam after all

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The UK Immigration service has changed their original decision to refuse Egyptian singer Ramy Essam entry visa to the UK.

On Monday, Freemuse disputed the refusal, and Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, and her office took contact to the home office requesting the decision.

During Tuesday morning additional information and documents were provided, and at noon Tuesday, the Immigration Authorities decided to grant visit visa for Ramy Essam.

However, his passport would have to presented to their office in Croydon within 24 hours.

As soon as he received the news, Ramy Essam hurried with his passport to his host, Malmö City Council, to get the passport sent by express courier to the UK.

Says Ole Reitov, Freemuse Executive Director:
“This is a very positive development, and a clever decision. Freemuse and Ramy Essam are grateful for all support we got in this case. It also clearly shows how difficult visa procedures continue to be for artists coming from abroad.”

Freemuse requested a comment from the Home Office but was informed by a press officer that the office “does not comment on individual cases”.

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