United Kingdom (UK) is closing its visa section in Colombo on October 31 this year and all the applications by the Sri Lankans will be processed in British Deputy High Commission in Chennai, India starting from November 1, 2012.
UK Mission in Colombo issued a statement about the change in the location of processing the visa applications submitted by the nationals of Sri Lanka. The statement said, “From 1 November, all visa applications submitted in Colombo will be processed by the UK Border Agency at the British Deputy High Commission in Chennai. The visa section in the British High Commission (here) will close on 31 October.”
The statement clarified that the most of the applications by the Sri Lankans were already being processed in Chennai for the last four years.
The applicants will, however, continue to submit the visa applications along with the supporting documents and passports at visa center located in Colombo as usual. Similarly they will be able to collect the documents from there as well.
The High Commission in Colombo will transfer all the applications and documents received to the British Deputy High Commission in Chennai for processing.
The visa section of the British High Commission will be closed for processing of the visa applications, however, the High Commission will continue to function as normal for all other activities.