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UK Suspends Visa Application From Nigeria — Here’s The Reason

UK Suspends Visa Application From Nigeria — Here's The Reason

UK Suspends Visa Application From Nigeria — Here’s The Reason

The United Kingdom has suspended visa applications from Nigeria.

Work visa and family visa applications have all been halted in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.

The UK High Commission in Nigeria has declared a temporary halt to priority visa applications for students, work, and family members.

This information is contained in a statement titled ‘Temporary Suspension of Priority Visas for Student, Work, and Family Applications’ issued by the UK High Commission in Nigeria on Tuesday and available on its website.

Why Did the UK Suspend Visa Applications from Nigeria?

According to the Commission, it has been suspended, and the focus is now on applications made under the Ukraine Family Scheme.

What is the UK Ukraine Family Scheme?

The Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members in the UK or extend their stay. 33,600 applications had been received as of 4 p.m. on March 14, 2022. 17,600 applications were submitted.

What did the UK commission say?

According to the high commission, Nigerians whose passports are ready for collection will be contacted by the Visa Application Centre.

The high commission’s statement reads as follows:

  • UK Visas and Immigration is currently prioritising applications made under the Ukraine Family Scheme, following its launch and in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine.
  • “As a result, UKVI has temporarily suspended priority and super-priority services for new study, work, and family applications. Customers with standard applications in study, work, and family routes may experience some delays in the processing of their application.
  • “We are still currently unable to offer PV for visitor applications in Nigeria. Standard visitor visa applications are currently taking an average of six weeks to process.
  •  “Applicants will be contacted by the Visa Application Centre (VAC) when their passport is ready for collection. They should not attend the VAC until they have been invited to do so.
  • “Where there are extremely compassionate or compelling circumstances (for example, a medical emergency), UKVI may consider expediting specific cases. However, the bar for this is high and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If a request is exceptionally urgent, applicants can contact UK Visas and Immigration for help. Please note that this is a chargeable service for overseas customers.
  • “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
UK Suspends Visa Application From Nigeria
UK Suspends Visa Application From Nigeria
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