UK visa application centres worldwide are gradually reopening. Within this week, centres in countries such as – India, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Kuwait – resumed UK visa services.
Towards the beginning of June, UK visa application centres in Thailand, Taiwan, China, Australia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia had resumed operations.
Nevertheless, UK visa centres across various other countries, including the US, remain closed. No official date has been given as to the date for the UK visa centres to resume services in the US.
Typically, most of the people applying for a UK visa in the US enrol their biometric information at the Application Support Centres that are operated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS].
As a part of the UK visa application process in the US, applicants are required to send their passports to the New York-based UK Visas and Scanning Hub where a visa sticker is fixed onto their passport.
While it is understood that USCIS Application Support Centres might reopen from July 13, this does not imply that UK visa applicants would be able to schedule an appointment from this date.
The UK Visas and Scanning Hub in New York is to remain closed as of now. No date has been confirmed of its reopening.
US Premium Application Centres where certain UK visa applications are submitted, also remain closed with no update as to their reopening.
UK-based application centres are gradually reopening for biometric appointments. Emails are being sent out in batches asking applicants to schedule their biometric appointments. Those that had applied prior to March 27 are being given priority.
Priority UK visa services are suspended as of now.
UK visa application centres reopened: India
In India, UK visa application centres have reopened in the following cities –
UK visa application centres reopened: Middle East
In the Middle East, UK visa application centres have been reopened in the cities of –
|Abu Dhabi [UAE]|
|Kuwait City [Kuwait]|
|Al Khobar [Saudi Arabia]|
|Riyadh [Saudi Arabia]|
|Jeddah [Saudi Arabia]|
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