THE United Kingdom opened two visa application centres (VACs) in Mumbai, at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and Nariman Point, to ease the application rush in the city.
Opening the new VAC at BKC, as part of its renewed partnership with VFS Global to provide visa application services in India and across South Asia, James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India, said, “The new contract will allow us to improve our services here as India is always at the forefront of new services and improvement in our offer to visa applicants.”
The UK also announced the “passport pass-back” service, which will allow applicants to retain their passports, while their UK visa is being processed. This is a paid service that has been rolled out especially for business travellers.
The UK issued a total of 4,00,000 visas to Indian nationals in 2013, a five per cent increase from 2012, and the student visa applications increased by seven per cent in 2013. According to VAC officials, there was a 10 per cent increase in the number of Indians, who visited the UK in 2013 as compared to 2012.
by Sandali Tiwari firstname.lastname@example.org