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UK Visa – Apply and get the visa at home

As universities across the United Kingdom have begun their Autumn semester, there is good news for aspiring students wanting to apply for a Tier 4 visa! Visa application centres have started opening their doors once more across the nation, as everyone embraces the new normal. While each centre is following strict guidelines involving regular temperature checks and frequent sanitisation of all exposed surfaces, it is natural for students to feel inhibitive to visit a Visa centre for their Visa application. However, VFS global in conjunction with United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have put into place a system which students eyeing a higher education in the United Kingdom will be pleased to know about. The On-Demand Mobile Visa service, offered by VFS Global and UKVI, enables students to complete the entire visa application process from the comfort of their home, with just a visit from VFS officials to gather biometric and other data.

Students can apply for a British Study visa, known as a Tier 4 visa using the On-Demand Mobile Visa service at a certain number of centres located throughout the country, amid the COVID-19 induced restrictions:

  • Bengaluru
  • Chennai
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi

The On-Demand Mobile Visa service provided by VFS Global, allows persons applying singularly or as a group to apply for a UK Tier 4 visa and get assistance with the submission of their documents all from the comfort of their home, without having to step out of their homes!  And upon this service, applicants can also avail, at an additional cost, a Super Priority Visa Decision service, which delivers a decision on your Tier 4 visa within 24 hours!

Amid these testing times, it is very handy for students to be able to apply for a visa and to be able to receive a lightning-fast decision, within 24 hours. However, students should also keep in my mind a few conditionals for availing these services-

  1. The student(s) will have to complete their visa form on the official GOV.UK website before the official visit.
  2. Staff from VFS Global will complete all biometric information requirements, by carrying sanitised equipment to capture the same.
  3. Temperature checks will be carried out, and a temperature of below 37.3°C will be required before the officials begin the application process. It is recommended that individuals carry out a temperature test before officials arrive, for the safety of both parties, otherwise the application process will not be carried out.
  4. The cost incurred by applicants will largely depend on the size of the group applying.

The official VFS global websites can be checked to avail more details about the different additional services, and for more in-depth information regarding the availing of the On-Demand Mobile Visa service.

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