New UK visa application centre opens in Kingston
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A new Visa Application Centre (VAC) service is to open in Kingston on March 6 for applicants wishing to travel to the UK.
A news release Friday said that the last day for submission of visa applications at the British High Commission in New Kingston will be 4 March, 2014.
"While visa fees remain the same, optional additional services provided at the VAC will be available subject to an additional service fee, which can be paid online," the High Commission release said.
The UK VAC is to be operated by VFS Global’s regional partner, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on the 10th floor of The Towers, 25 Dominica Drive in New Kingston.
It will provide exclusive services for the Government of the UK, and is authorised to accept applications in all categories. The VAC will also have facilities for interviewing. All applicants making a Tier 4 (General) application should expect to be interviewed when they attend their appointment at the visa application centre, the release also said.
The British High Commission noted that the visa application centre will only be responsible for accepting applications and relevant travel documents. The submission times are between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday, except on declared holidays, and applicants may collect passports between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, also from Monday to Friday.
All applications will be assessed and processed by the British High Commission in Kingston and timelines for turnaround of visas are as per the discretion of the authorities, the High Commission said.
For appointments in any category, applicants are required to book online at www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk.