UK eases visa with India for trade, tourism

Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013

uk flagLONDON: The United Kingdom on Wednesday announced an innovative a passport pass-back pilot scheme in southern India, which would allow applicants keep their passports while their visa is being processed.

 

Officials said this would allow applicants travel or apply for another visa simultaneously and reduce the time to get two visas.

 

Further, Indian high-value companies would benefit from mobile visa clinic, which would be introduced next year to allow people associated with them to apply for visas without visiting visa application centers.

 

The UK is also launching the Great Club, an invitation only service to provide top business executives with support from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The club will start next year as a 12-month pilot for business leaders with strong links with the UK.

 

British home secretary Theresa May said she created UKVI in March to focus on delivering “excellent customer service”. “These changes will allow us to maintain a world class, competitive visa system that can innovate in order to serve the ever-changing needs of business and ensure Britain succeeds in the global race.”

 

She said Britain would continue to respond to the needs of high-value and high-priority businesses to provide them with services that support economic growth while maintaining security of borders.

 

These new additions follow the successful introduction of same day visa service in India.

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