You can now apply for visas for Britain and a few other European countries from the comfort of your home or office.
VFS Global, the agency to whom several countries have outsourced the visa services, has launched its on-demand mobile visa facility in India.
VFS’ visa service provides individuals an option to complete the visa application, including biometric enrolment, from any location of their choice for a fee.
The service is already available in countries the like the United Arab Emirates. Countries like Hungary and Denmark have also given permission to VFS for the service, which is expected to start in a few months’ time.
This facility has been a demand of many high net worth Indian individuals and will be helpful for Indians who travel in large numbers to the United Kingdom.
In 2015, 85,403 Indians got entry clearance visas to the UK and were second to 93,076 Chinese travelling to the country. Work permit, skilled migration, students visa holders all require entry clearance before they enter the UK.
The UK hiked the visa fee to applicants across the board in March. The fee of “visas linked most closely to economic growth, such as those offered to workers and students” has gone up by 2%. So is the case with tourist visa fee. Applications for settlement, residence and nationality fee saw a steep hike of 25%.
The fee for intra-company transfer visa used by most Indian information technology companies to get their workers posted in the UK has gone up to £1,151.
The fee for a tourist visa for six months has been raised from £85 to £87. Tourist visa fee for two years saw a hike of £6 to £330, for five years it went up to £600 from £588 and for 10 years one will have to pay £15 more at £752.