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UK Grants Ai Weiwei Six-Month Visa, Apologizes

Britain says it is granting dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa, apologizing for rejecting his application over an alleged criminal conviction.

UK apologises and grants visa to China artist Ai Weiwei

Interior ministry reverses rejection of six-month business visa over alleged criminal conviction of dissident artist.

United Kingdom grants Chinese artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa, reversing decision

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

Britain's interior minister ordered officials Friday to grant Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa, reversing a decision to restrict him to a short trip that had prompted condemnation from rights groups. Home Secretary...Show More Summary

UK Apologizes To Ai Weiwei, Grants Him Six-Month Visa

“On Thursday Ai disclosed that the British embassy in Beijing had turned down his request for a business visa, saying he had failed to disclose a criminal conviction. Instead it gave him a visa covering 20 days in September, when a major exhibition of Ai’s work is opening at London’s Royal Academy.”

Flip-flop: British government reverses visa decision, grants Ai Weiwei a full six month stay

A day after Chinese artist, dissident and occasional heavy metal star Ai Weiwei was reportedly denied a six-month visa by the British government, the British Home Secretary ordered today that officials issue Ai the full visa. [ more...

Weiwei Wins

Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered officials to issue Ai Weiwei with a full six-month UK visa and she has apologised to him in a letter (CLICK).

Art Movements

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

This week in art news: The Rijksmuseum acquired a rare Medieval chain, the UK wavered over issuing a visa for Ai Weiwei, and Peter Brant sold his ownership of Art in America.

British government does about-face after outcry, issues visa to Ai Weiwei

2 days agoArts : Culture Monster

Admitting that someone had blundered, the British government has reversed its decision earlier this week to deny Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month work visa and issued an apology to the artist-activist who has become a symbol for freedom of thought in the face of authoritarian control.

U.K. Officials Instructed To Grant Ai Weiwei's Original U.K. Visa Request

2 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The Home Office has apologized for denying the prominent Chinese dissident a six-month visa. He got only 20 days, because staff counted secret imprisonment as a criminal conviction.

Britain Reverses Ai Weiwei Visa Decision, Grants Extended Stay

2 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

Subversive Chinese artist Ai Weiwei—who was recently given back his passport by Chinese officials after he had been barred from leaving the country since 2011—was given a six-month visa to visit Great Britain on Friday, reports the BBC. Originally Weiwei had only been granted a U.K. Show More Summary

Minister intervenes to give Chinese artist Ai Weiwei full UK visa

LONDON (Reuters) - British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday.

UK Denies Ai Weiwei Business Visa, Citing His ‘Criminal’ Past

“The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has accused British authorities of turning their backs on human rights defenders after UK immigration officials rejected his application for a six-month business visa, claiming he had not declared a criminal conviction in his home country.”

U.K. Government Grants Ai Weiwei 6-Month Visa

The British government reportedly apologized to Ai in writing "for the inconvenience caused"

UK grants Ai Weiwei 6-month visa, apologizes

Britain says it is granting dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa, apologizing for rejecting his application over an alleged criminal conviction.

Ai Weiwei's Visa

Yesterday, at the Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, Ai Weiwei was reunited with his son, Ai Lao, who lives in Germany. Meanwhile the furore over Britain's denial of Ai Weiwei's application for a six-month visa rumbles on. The Home Secretary will revue the case (CLICK).

British government restricts Ai Weiwei's entry visa

3 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Chinese artist, dissident and sometimes popstar Ai Weiwei has been denied a six-month visa by the British government over claims that he had submitted false information on his visa application form (he didn't). [ more › ]

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrives in Germany, says Britain restricted his visa

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa and restricted him to a three-week trip because he did not declare a "criminal conviction" in his application, he cited an embassy official as saying Thursday. The decision prompted outrage online and condemnation from rights groups. Show More Summary

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

3 days agoNews : The Two-Way

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.

Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Finally Allowed to Leave China, Only to be Refused a UK Visa

3 days agoNews : Vice News

Chinese government critic and dissident artist Ai Weiwei has been denied a business visa to the UK because of his criminal record, even though he has never actually been charged or convicted of any crimes. Four years after his passport was confiscated by Chinese authorities, Ai got it back last week. Show More Summary

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