February 17, 2016

New Visa System for Indian Nationals

This post was written by: Amarjit Atwal

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Following on from the recent changes to the way in which Kuwaiti nationals and Chinese nationals apply for visas to come to the UK, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has now announced new rules for Indian nationals wishing to visit the UK.

The Immigration Minister’s recent five-day visit to the fastest growing developing region in South Asia follows the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK last November.

During his visit, Mr Brokenshire announced the launch of a new visa application centre in the city of Lucknow, saving locals a trip to the nearest state with a visa application centre.

Lucknow boasts a population of nearly 3 million and is based in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Other changes include a new online application form to be introduced from the end of February 2016. This online form is designed to save time and make the application process easier for Indian nationals.

Once this form has been completed, individuals will be able to download a Schengen visa application form that has been automatically populated using the information provided in the online form.

A guide on how to download this form is here.

In addition to this, from 1 March 2016 those applying for a visa for the first time, and those applying for work visas, will be able to take advantage of same-day applications and super-priority services.

Those applying for a study visa or work visa will also now be eligible for the 3-5 day priority visa service.

These changes come in a bid to boost economic relations between India and the UK.

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Amarjit Atwal