More countries told to make UK visa applications online

February 17, 2012

The UK visa application process in several countries will be changed as of 27 February, under measures intended to make it more efficient.

The UK immigration department has announced that from this date, the revised application process will require applicants from Estonia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Mongolia, Latvia and Mauritius to apply online. They will also be asked to pay their visa application fees online as part of the changes.

Any biometric information or other supporting documentation that they need to present to back-up their application will need to be submitted in person at their local UK visa application centre.

The UK Border Agency released the following statement about the changes: "The integration of payment into the online system will provide a more streamlined visa application process for customers and is part of a wider move to allow almost all of our customers to apply and pay for their Visas online by 2013-14."

Anyone that needs to make an appointment to submit supporting documentation can do so after they have completed the online application process.

The requirement is likely to be rolled out to more countries over the coming two years.

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