APPLYING FOR A UK VISA IF UK VISA APPLICATION CENTER IS CLOSED
This update is for visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who desire to apply for a passport shook by travel limitations linked with coronavirus.
Applying for a UK visa if your visa application centre (VAC) is closed
The latest updates mentions that you can apply for a visit visa from any UK Visa Applcation Center (VAC). You must apply for all other UK visas from the country you are resident of.
If your Visa Application Centre (VAC) is temporarily shut because of the coronavirus limitations, you may apply online and choose a Visa Application Centre (VAC) in another country globally to make your application and submit biometrics. You will be required to make sure you are allowed to travel to that country in advance.
You will be able to submit any type of UK visa application. You need to choose the country where you desire to give your biometrics at the beginning of your UK Visa application.
If you have already made your UK Visa application via Access UK and currently plan to submit your new UK Visa application at another Visa Application Center (VAC) from the one selected in that Visa application, you will be required to make a new application and choose the Visa application centre (VAC) where you will submit your UK Visa application.
You will be required to pay the fee linked with your new UK Visa application and request a reimbursement for your prior visa application.
This provisional allowance will be reassessed by 30 November 2020.
British citizens outside the UK who want to apply for a passport
According to the latest updates by the UK Home office, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) is acknowledging online passport applications.
If you are recommended that you should book an appointment at your nearest Visa Application Center (VAC) to present your passport application, you must confirm if the visa application centre (VAC) is open.
If your country’s Visa Application Centre (VAC) is currently closed, you will not be able to apply for a British passport until it restarts its operations.
Please note that if you immediately want to go back to the UK, you must get in touch with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to examine your options. You may also check the latest travel guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
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