You are amongst
friends in Uganda and the people you will have met are indeed very
friendly and of course you would like to offer them the same hospitalities
that you have enjoyed, back here in the UK.
We can easily
get a visa to visit Uganda, for Ugandans to visit the UK the difficulties
are enormous and so to throw out a casual invitation could start you
and your Ugandan friend on a rough road ahead ending in disappointment.
The plain fact
of life is that many Ugandans come to the UK each year and do not
Here are a few
A District Commissioner
casually said in his thank you speech "If ever you are in the
UK, please do some and stay with us, you will be very welcome".
A few months later 20 had applied for and got visas to come to the
UK at Christmas (a most difficult time of year to have visitors staying
in your family). They arrived and within days many of them had disappeared.
Although most eventually went back, it left disappointment amongst
their UK hosts, a small number of illegal immigrants and difficulties
for years to come in getting Scouts into the UK.
A Group Scout
Leader invited 20 young people to attend a Scout Camp in the UK and
enjoy home hospitality, all were under 15 with no family connections
in the UK, all got visas and all returned home.
A Cub Leader whilst
visiting Uganda made friends with a teenage boy (19) and invited him
to the UK for 3 months. He had no settled job, no apparent Scouting
connections and she had no specific reason other than friendship to
invite the boy. His application was refused amidst tears and much
There are some
things to do before applying for a visitors visa.