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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 3 March to 16 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 ‘UK visa application service changes in Australia’ for more information about these changes.

India

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.

Canada

From 6 March, VFS Global will take over running the biometric enrolment service at visa application centres in Canada.

Toronto

601, 208 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON M5S 3B4
Canada

Edmonton

Manulife Place, 10180-101 St, Suite 3400
Edmonton AB T5J 3S4
Canada

Ottawa

343 Preston Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa ON K1S 1N4
Canada

Vancouver

Vancouver Oceanic Plaza, 1066 West Hastings Street, Suite 2000
Vancouver BC V6E 3X2
Canada

Halifax

Purdy's Wharf - Tower One, 1959 Upper Water Street, 18th Floor
Halifax NS B3J 3N2
Canada

St Johns

Sheraton Hotel, Newfoundland, 115 Cavendish Square
St. John's NL A1C 3K2
Canada

Until 31 March 2014, for general queries related to visa applications, please continue to contact Worldbridge by telephone or email.

Japan

From 10 March, the UK visa application centre in Osaka, Japan, will move to:

Ripro Minami-Semba Building 10F
1-3-5 Minami-Semba
Chuo-ku
Osaka City

The new visa application centre will be open for submissions from Monday to Friday between 8am and 2pm by appointment only. Customers can collect their documents between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Read ‘Osaka, Japan: changes to the UK Visa Service’ for more information.

Libya

From 12 March 2014, Teleperformance Ltd will take over running the visa application centre in Tripoli.

Taiwan

From 12 March 2014, there will be a charge of £59 ($USD100) to use the visa application centre in Taipei. This will be in addition to the visa fee and will be charged when you book your appointment online. Your appointment will not be honoured if this fee is not paid. Read New User Pays for UK Visa Application Centre for more information.

Germany

From 13 March 2014, Teleperformance Ltd will take over running the visa application centres in Dusseldorf, Berlin and Munich.

Coming soon: changes to how you apply for a visa in Italy (from 17 March 2014), Ireland (from 19 March 2014), Finland (from 20 March 2014) and Mongolia (from 31 March 2014).