VFS confirms 11 UK VAC reopening in India on 6 July

VFS confirms 11 UK VAC reopening in India on 6 July

VFS in India has confirmed the reopening of 11 UK VAC visa application centres on 6 July, including for Tier 4 student visa processing.

Visa processing and immigration services company VFS Global has confirmed that 11 UK visa application centres will be resuming operations in India on 6 July.

Last week, the British High Commission in India had announced that some UK visa application centres (VAC) in India had already resumed passport return services for Tier 4 international student visas as well as other applicants.

List of VFS India UK VAC reopening

In its announcement, VFS Global shared a list of the select UK VAC reopening on 6 July across India.

The reopening visa application centres are as follows:

Ahmedabad

Bengaluru Global Tech Park

Chandigarh

Chennai (city currently under lockdown)

Cochin

Hyderabad

Jalandhar

Kolkata

Mumbai South

New Delhi

Pune

Until full resumption of services is announced, VFS has confirmed that the Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa Service (visit), Priority Visa for settlement or migration Service and Walk-in services will remain unavailable.

‘Phased resumption’ of processes until pandemic ends

VFS announced that the 11 UKVI VAC will continue to observe health and safety protocol whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is underway.

Attendance at the VAC will be allowed with a pre-booked appointment only.

The announcement read: “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.

Please note; customers must have an appointment to visit the Visa Application Centre.”

For those who are not resident in the catchment areas of the aforementioned UK VAC, VFS shared that it will be “contacting customers who had previously booked appointments at these centres” to arrange for them to complete their applications at a different location.

The VFS notice added: “Customers who were unable to attend an earlier appointment, will be able to log into their account to book a new appointment. Customers who have completed their application on GOV.UK, but didn’t previously book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre, can do so from [29 June 2020].”

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