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If your 30 day visa for the UK to work, study or join family has expired

Information on the official GOV.UK website: If your 30 day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year. To make a request, contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre. You’ll need to include your name, nationality, date of birth and your GWF reference number with ‘REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISA’ in the subject line. If you’ve already contacted u… Read More

Reopening of the UK VAC here in SA BUT for passport return only

Message from the UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Cape Town: As part of the phased resumption of services by UK Visas & Immigration, our Visa Application Centre in Cape Town will be reopening from the week of June 22nd for passport return only. Please note that our centre will not be open for new applications at this time. Please check our Address page for information on opening days and hours.   Currently the only UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) here in South Africa that are ope… Read More

Changes to the design of British Passports

Blue passports will be phased in over a number of months. If you renew your passport during this initial period, you may be issued with either a blue or a burgundy British passport. You will not be able to choose whether you get a burgundy or a blue passport. All styles of passport will be equally valid for travel. All British passports issued from mid-2020 will be blue. Official source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/passport-design-changes/changes-to-the-design-of-british-passports… Read More

UK Healthcare Surcharge fee set to increase in October 2020

If you’re coming to the UK for longer than six months you will need to pay the mandatory immigration health surcharge (IHS). It's full name is the International Health Surcharge (IHS) and by paying the surcharge, it will give a person the same access to the UK's National Health System (NHS) as a resident of the UK. A person will however still need to pay for certain types of services, such as prescriptions, dental treatment, eye tests and assisted conception. The UK government has announced that… Read More