New UK Visa Service In Adelaide

By ExpatBriefing.com Editorial 01 October, 2013

A new pilot UK visa facility in Adelaide means that applicants in South Australia over the next six months will not have to make long journeys to other states in order to submit biometric data.

The initiative is the result of a new agreement between Australia and the UK. Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is acting as a collection agency, but does not have access to the data provided and is not able to assist with general UK visa enquiries.

The facility will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9.30 and 10.30am by appointment only, to collect fingerprints and photographs. Once these are submitted, the applicant has to send their visa application to the UK visa processing hub in Manila, where all applications from Australia (as well as from New Zealand and nine other countries) are processed.

British High Commissioner Paul Madden thanked the DIAC for its involvement and support, which he said was "a reflection of the strong ties between our two countries and continued co-operation between" DIAC and UK Visas and Immigration. An Australian immigration spokesman added that shared visa and biometric collection facilities and services are "a big part" of the relationship, and he added that these services are available around the world.

Tags: Australia | United Kingdom | Expats | Visas And Passports |

 





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