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Applying for a visa from outside the UK: changes to visa centres

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Where you go to apply for a UK visa may be changing. There will be changes in the following countries between 17 March and 23 March 2014.

Australia

During March 2014, VFS Global will take over running the visa application service in Australia.

New UK visa application centres will open in:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Perth
  • Canberra

The British High Commission or British consulates will no longer provide a visa biometric enrolment service. Read full details about applying for a UK visa in Australia.

Biometric appointments in Melbourne

The Melbourne appointment site is down. If you want to attend a biometric apointment in Melbourne, you will need to book an appointment in Sydney. Do not attend that appointment. You can attend VFS Global’s Melbourne office (address below) at the arranged time, and you will be seen by a staff member. UKVI apologises for the inconvenience. We are making every effort to fix this problem and we will update the website as soon as we have news.

Suite 3
Level 13
55 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000

The Melbourne office opens on 21 March, and will operate Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 3pm.

South Africa

During March, Teleperformance Ltd will take over running visa application centres in South Africa. The centres are moving premises. Read ‘Changes to UK visa application centres in South Africa’ for more information.

India

The UK has opened two new visa application centres in Mumbai. Visa application centres in India will be moving to new locations throughout March 2014. Read ‘Changes to UK visa application centres in India in March’ for more information about these changes.

Bangladesh

Visa application centres in Bangladesh will also be moving to new locations throughout March 2014. Read ‘UK visa application centres relocating in Bangladesh’ for more information about these changes.

Hong Kong

From 21 March, the visa application centre will be located at the Leighton Centre in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Read ‘Relocation of the UK Visa Application Centre in Hong Kong’ for more information.

Italy

The visa application centre at Via Antonio Pacinotti closed on Wednesday 12 March. The new centre will open after 17 March run by Teleperformance Ltd. The centre will be located at:

Via Flaminia 135
00196 Rome
Italy.

Read ‘Changes to UK Visa Application process in Italy’ for more information.

Finland

From 20 March 2014, Teleperformance Ltd will take over running the visa application centre in Helsinki.

Read ‘Changes to the UK Visa Application Process in Finland’ for more information.