Temporary closure of U.K. visa applicaton centres in South India

The UK Border Agency advises customers that the visa application centres in Hyderabad, Cochin and Bangalore will be closed from 31 March to 5 April 2010. The UK visa application centre in Chennai will be closed from 1 to 5 April 2010. The closures are to enable an IT system upgrade as part of a global programme across all British High Commissions and Embassies.

The last date on which the UK Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) will accept new applications in Hyderabad, Cochin and Bangalore is Tuesday 30 March. In Chennai, the last date for applications is Wednesday 31 March. The visa application centres will re-open on Tuesday 6 April. During this closure, customers will be able to collect their passports from the visa application centres from 0900 to 1000 only. Customers who intend to travel to the UK in April are advised to submit their visa applications as soon as possible.

Please note that the UK Border Agency office in Chennai and the customer enquiry email address will also be closed from 2 to 6 April, after which the aim is to resume a normal visa service as quickly as possible.

Any further updates will be placed on the websites: http://www.vfs-uk-in.com and http://ukinindia.fco.gov.uk. For general enquires customers may also call the VFS Global helpline: (080) 40084008. Calls are charged at local or STD rates depending on your location. This service will be available Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:00.

The UK Border Agency apologises in advance for any inconvenience these closures may cause.

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