Sunday, March 26, 2023

Guber Polls: UK Closes Lagos Visa Application Centres Over Safety Concerns

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The United Kingdom (UK) said it would close its visa application centres in Lagos on March 20 over safety concerns as a result of the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

This was contained in a statement made by the country on Friday. The UK mentioned that the affected centres are the ones in Ikeja and Victoria Island. It added that customers would not be able to collect their passports on the said day.

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“The Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Ikeja and Victoria Island will be closed Monday 20th March. This is to protect the safety of customers and staff. There are no VAC appointments booked on this date and customers will not be able to access the VAC to collect documents/passports,” the statement reads.

“Customers have the option to purchase the Keep my Passport and Courier return services in advance of the VAC closure in order to retain their passport during the period of closure. UKVI will continue to make decisions on all visa applications.”

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The UK said priority visa (PV) services remain available while super priority visa (SPV) services will be suspended on Friday “because the next working day opening isn’t until Tuesday 21st March”.

“Customers should not attend the VAC unless they have been contacted by TLS to do so. The British High Commission offices in Nigeria are not involved in visa ddecision-makingand do not hold passports and so are unable to assist.”

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