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Applicants for British visa in UAE have to pay fee online

Abu Dhabi: All applications for visas for the United Kingdom made in the UAE must be paid for online by credit or debit card, before submission at the visa application centres in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi said in a statement.

The new regulation came into effect as part of a new system of the UK Border Agency. The agency is in the process of moving to an online application and payment system where almost all customers will apply and pay for their visas online.

Visa fees should be paid in US Dollars by Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card. Payment using other types of credit or debit cards or in other currency cannot be accepted.

When the online payment has been taken, the visa applicant will receive a confirmation email as proof of payment which should be taken to the visa application centre on the day of appointment.

Applicants now arrange appointments at their own convenience and experience reduced waiting times at the visa application centres. The facility to make online payments will further enhance this service and is consistent with a wider global trend towards online transactions and payments.

Further advice on applying for a visa for the United Kingdom is available at:

UK Visa Application Centre, Dubai

Dubai: The UK Visa Application Centre in Dubai relocated to its new premises and opened its doors to the public on 14/05/2009.

"By relocating, we are providing improved services and a user-friendly experience for all our customers. We are also offering education and tourism services, as the British Council and VisitBritain will have kiosks there." said British Consul General, Guy Warrington. ertwrrw y ey

The application centre is located at the second floor of the Business Atrium Building on Oud Metha Road, and is open from Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm.

The improved services also include better parking, more counters and staff, and an expanded Premium Service, in addition to expert in-house advice for students and a booth where they can book their examination for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

"The Premium Service lounge is a dedicated space that has a high proportion of staff to customers. It offers additional privacy, which can be very beneficial to families," said Jackie Colton, Deputy Director of Visa Services, Iran and the Gulf States, UK Border Agency.

The Premium Service costs $40 (Dh147), and includes an SMS notification when the visa application is complete. There are dedicated biometric booths, and a one-stop-shop where you can buy tickets to tourist attraction, such as Madame Tussauds and the London Eye.

UAE nationals can apply for a new EVW (electronic visa waiver) each time they travel to the UK, and there is no limit on the number of times the system can be used. A new and improved version of the EVW system was introduced in the UAE in May 2016.

Unlike the first version of the EVW system, which relied on passengers entering their personal information exactly as it appears on their passport, the new EVW form asks passengers to upload a copy of their passport biographic data page so that details can be checked for accuracy prior to travel.

This means that the vast majority of input errors are picked up, significantly reducing the risk of issues when boarding or entering the UK. The revised system also features questions in both English and Arabic, making it easier for users in the UAE.

In a further improvement to the system which will offer greater flexibility, EVW holders can now amend their flight details should they need to change them after making their original application. Changes will need to be made at least 48 hours before both the original and new travel dates.

UK Visa Application Centre, Business Atrium Building, 2nd Floor, Office # 201, Street # 2, Oud Mehta Road, Before Al Nasr Cinema round about, Dubai - UAE.
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P.O. Box 114100
Call Centre: +971 4 3572300
Web: www.vfs-uk-ae.com
E-mail: infoauh@vfs-uk-ae.com


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