KATHMNANDU, July 20: British Ambassador to Nepal, John Tucknott, has formally opened the new UK visa application centre amidst a function at Narayan Chaur, Naxal in Kathmandu, Friday.
Ambassador Tucknott was joined by Simon Dadd, Regional Manager, UK Border Agency - South Asia, and Kathryn Lefevre, General Manager, UK Operations - South Asia, VFS Global.
Inaugurating the Centre Mr. Tucknott said, “Migration and people to people contact are important strands of the UK-Nepal relationship. Our UK visa operation supports everyone who wishes to apply for a UK visa.”
Mr Murali Raghavan, Chief Operating Officer, South Asia and CIS, VFS Global, said, “We are pleased to announce the opening of the new UK visa application centre in Kathmandu.
VFS Global is honoured to have been associated with the UK government since 2003, and to be their trusted partner in 35 other countries.
“We are committed to offering visa applicants excellent service and facilities, in partnership with the UK Border Agency, to make their visa application experience a smooth one,” said Raghvan.
In 2011, the UK Border Agency processed in the region 12,500 visas made in Nepal, of which about 80 per cent of applications were successful. The new visa application centre in Kathmandu began operating on 25 June 2012. Visa applications submitted in Nepal are sent to the UK Border Agency in New Delhi to be processed.
The UK Border Agency aims to issue visas as quickly as possible. Its published processing time is 15 working days for 90 per cent of short term visas.