As the world starts to live with the CoronaVirus, the United Kingdom has begun preparations to restart their visa application processing centres in India. This would be helpful for those who want to get a UK Visa processed for future use, or just to collect their passports which might have been stuck before the lockdown took effect months ago.
From July 6, 2020, the UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services, and the following Visa Application Centres in India will be open from the same date:
- Bengaluru (Global Tech Park)
- Chennai (see note below)
- Mumbai (South)
- New Delhi
The UK visa applicants 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 hereon.
While the UK lists Chennai as open, it states that those who wish to visit Chennai Visa Application Centre should check-in once the local lockdown is lifted, for information on when they will be able to book an appointment.
The remaining Visa Application Centres and Enrolment locations in India will not be open for some time. The UK Visa Centre will be contacting customers who had previously booked appointments at these centres to arrange to complete your application at a different location.
Customers visiting a Visa Application Centres may be asked to observe physical distancing, undergo temperature checks or be required to wear facemasks, subject to local authority guidelines. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius), cough or difficulty breathing will be helped to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.
Please also be aware, that due to restrictions still in place globally, the UK won’t offer the following services: Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa Service (visit), Priority Visa for settlement or migration Service and Walk-in services.
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