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Heads up for South Africans looking to apply for a UK visa: The UKVI has issued a warning

by John Dunn | May 31, 2017
  • UK Visas & Immigration has released an important message for all South Africans wanting to apply for a UK visa.
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    All South Africans applying or wanting to apply for a UK visa need to take note that UKVI is currently experiencing  extremely high volumes of applications. As a result, the standard turnaround of 15 days for visitor and short-term visa applications can no longer be taken as a given.

    The period from submission of application and biometric data at the Visa Application Centre to the final issuing of your visa is now expected to be considerably longer. As such, UKVI has asked that all visa applicants apply for their visas as early as possible to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and disappointment.

    Be aware and be prepared

    You need to ensure that you apply for your visa well in advance and make sure that any travel plans you make take the delays currently being experienced at UKVI into account.

    Top tip: You can apply for your visa up to three months in advance, meaning you don’t have to do everything at the last minute and can thus avoid unnecessary inconvenience.

    Understandably, there are times when travel is unplanned and visas are applied for last minute. In which case, you may want to make use of the UKVI Priority Visa services when making your application.

    Get your application right the first time

    Avoid unnecessary delays by getting your visa application right the first time. Bureaucracy and changing legislation have made UK visa applications complex. The best way to ensure your application is 100% correct is to go through an immigration expert.

    We’ve been making the process of applying for a visa simple since 1998. Our will guide you every step of the way, ensuring your application has the best chance of success. Get in touch with us on +44 (0) 20 7759 7527 or immigration@1stcontact.com

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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