UK visa application centers are reopening
From 27th In July 2020, UKVI (UK Visa and Immigration) planned to open further Visa Application Centers (VACs) and restart services. This announcement is generally appreciated as the UK border reopens and more travelers are now able to book their respective dates for travel within and outside the UK.
After previous updates, more than 130 VACs were reopened. This gradual resumption of visa service program is progressing rapidly. A big advantage for those who are severely affected by the travel restrictions for COVID-19.
Appointments are now available in the following VACs that are slated to reopen:
Week from 27th July 2020
- DR Congo – Kinshasa
- Malta Valletta
- Mauritius – Port Louis
- Nigeria-Buja, Lagos (Ikeja), Lagos (VI)
- La Paz
- Mexico City
- Port of spain
- Rio de Janeiro
- Sao Paulo
Week from 3rdapprox August 2020
- Estonia – Tallinn
- Finland – Helsinki
- Latvia – Riga
- Lithuania – Vilnius
Although the centers are gradually reopening, it should be noted that the Priority and Super Priority Visa services still do not work. This will be checked in due course. In addition, Visa customers must be aware that these updates may change at short notice depending on local conditions.
Please also remember that the following VACs have been temporarily closed since the last government update:
- Australia – Melbourne
- India – Bengaluru, Pune
- USA – Los Angeles (Premium Application Center)
- Serbia – Belgrade
We encourage all Visa customers and travelers to get the latest travel information and updates. This is to ensure that everyone is up-to-date with changes in the border due to the corona virus.
A new approach
UKVI has also announced that UKVCAS (Visa and Citizenship Application Services) will resume operations. This will also be part of a step-by-step program to implement full service delivery.
The booking system for registering appointments was opened for certain applicants. Applicants who have submitted their applications between 1st June 30thth June 2020 can book their respective dates via the UKVCAS service.
The way UKVCAS normally processes applications will change. Some Visa customers may not need to go to a service point. This is because biometric data (fingerprints) documented from previous applications are reused to verify a person’s identity, making the whole process faster and more efficient.
Visa customers must be aware that appointments at service points will only be resumed if the conditions are secure enough. As a result, UKVCAS services will continue to operate at lower productivity than usual, but this will gradually improve as more service point services are scheduled to open in the coming weeks.
Individuals who have a 30 day work, study or family entry visa in the UK and whose visa has expired or is about to expire can now contact their local VAC directly for a replacement vignette for 30 Days to request.
If you have any questions about the above information or need legal assistance to process your visa application, please email an Hudson McKenzie attorney at [email protected] or call +44 (0) 20 3318 5794.
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