UK Completes Roll-Out of Online Visa Application Process - Global Visas

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As of March 5, the clauses in the changes require that all applications to the UK from India be made online. The applicants must also book their visa application centre appointments online - Global Visas.

In its latest immigration press release, Global Visas has reported a few changes in India’s visa application processes to the UK, meted out by the UK Border Agency.

As of March 5, the clauses in the changes require that all applications to the UK from India be made online. The applicants must also book their visa application centre appointments online.

Hand-completed applications, from now on, will be rejected under the new application procedure.

The requirements mean that anyone outside of the EU who is applying to live in the UK for more than six months will have to submit biometric information, including their fingerprints and a digital photo.

The UK Border Agency website will also provide information for employers to help them check applicants against their biometric information. Global Visas reports that by the end of March, a new automatic immigration status-checking system will also be available online.

The roll-out of the requirements to India means that all non-EU nationals are now covered by the tougher UK immigration rules.

A statement from the UKBA said, "Since the roll-out began in November 2008 we have issued around 650,000 biometric residence permits, containing fingerprints and photograph on a secure chip.

Strict UK immigration laws are on the rise and issuance of the biometric residence permits are vital as they are "an important step in fighting immigration abuse and illegal working and make it easier for employers to verify a foreign national's right to work in the UK."

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