UK visa application office relocates to PGGMB building
APPLICATION for visas to the United Kingdom have moved to Regus on the 8th floor of the Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) building in Bandar Seri Begawan effective today.
Visa applicants will now be required to pay an additional fee of £52 ($110) to the existing price of their visa to use the new application point, which will include the courier return of their passport to a chosen address. Collection will no longer be necessary.
The new centre for United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) in Brunei will be operated by VFS Global, the British High Commission's commercial partner across the Asia Pacific region.
In a statement issued yesterday, the High Commission said that the new arrangements are aimed at providing “a high quality, customer focussed and more accessible service” which meets the needs of all applicants in Brunei.
The change will mostly affect Bruneians wanting to study, work and settle in the UK, as Bruneians do no ordinarily require a visa to visit the UK for six months or less if they do not intend to work or get married.
The new centre will operate using UKVI's flexible appointment system which will match visa demand throughout the year, particularly during the peak season for student applications.
Over 100 appointment days are expected to be offered annually, spread throughout the year to correspond to varying demand for visas.
The new application point will be open from 9am to 2pm, but hours will be extended during peak periods to ensure sufficient availability of appointments for customers. The Priority Visa Service will remain available to all visa applicants, including students.
The UK issued 1,064 visas to Brunei nationals in the year ending June 2015, 872 of which were student visas. Approximately 99 per cent of applicants were successful. During this same period, the average processing time for a non-settlement visa was six days, less than the 15 working day service standard. For more information on UK visa applications visit www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.
The Brunei Times