UK visa centres in Pakistan reopening on 27 July

UK visa centres in Pakistan reopening on 27 July

The UK VAC visa application centres in Pakistan will be reopening on 27 July, immigration services provider VFS Global has confirmed.

In a statement issued this week, VFS Global stated that “from [Monday] 27 July, UK Visas and Immigration [UKVI] is beginning a phased resumption of services and our Visa Application Centres in Pakistan will be open from the same date.”

Despite the reopening of the UK VAC, VFS Global confirmed that, due to health and safety restrictions still in place, they will not be offering the Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa Service (visit), Priority Visa for Settlement Service and Walk-in services at the moment.

Most categories processing to resume in Pakistan UK visa centres

With the reopening of the UK VAC in Pakistan, most visa processing services are set to resume, including for Tier 4 international students and other residency or work permit applications.

The VFS statement noted that they “strongly advise all customers to purchase Courier Return of their documents, so they do not have to visit the Visa Application Centre again, after a decision is made.”

Additionally, it also said, “If a decision has been made on your application, and you need to collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre, we will be contacting you to arrange this.”

VFS publishes health and safety video for visa applicants

VFS has shared a video for visa applicants, assuring them of health and safety measures it has put in place at its visa application centres.

The VFS statement said: “Your safety is our priority, so customers visiting our Visa Application Centres may be asked to observe physical distancing, undergo temperature checks or be required to wear facemasks, subject to local authority guidelines.”

VFS also stated that visa applicants must have an appointment to visit the Visa Application Centre, and advised applicants to confirm their chosen centre remains open on the day of their appointment.

Earlier this week, VFS also reopened 11 VAC visa centres in India on 6 July for UK visa applicants.

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