Online application made compulsory for UK visa under points system
Ahmedabad, 6 December 2011
From Monday 12 December 2011, people applying for a British visa under the points-based system will have to file their applications online, as United Kingdom has introduced online applications and appointments for VISA applications under the point based system.
According to the notice issued from the British High Commission, the applications need to submitted online as the UK Border Agency will no longer accept manually completed applications under the points based system.
“Online applications and appointments will be mandated for applications under Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the points based system. This means applicants will need to submit the application form by visiting the website,” a release from the High Commission said.
After making their applications online, they need to print off a hard copy of their application form and book an appointment at their nearest Visa application centre (VAC).
“It is now mandatory to book an appointment online. They should bring this printout to their appointment at the VAC, along with the necessary supporting documentation,” the release said.
By completing and submitting a visa application online, the customer saves time when attending the visa application centre, it said.
“The UK Border Agency and our commercial partner, VFS Global, are committed to providing our customers with an efficient visa service, and we introduce changes to our processes with this in mind. In this case, completing and submitting applications online saves time. Some applicants currently use the online facility, but gradually we would like all customers to use it.” UK Border Agency Regional Director, Thomas Greig, had said.
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