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New online UK visa application service comes to Zimbabwe

A new online application service has launched for customers in Zimbabwe applying for a visa to visit the United Kingdom.

UK visa

UK visa

Access UK is a much more user-friendly online application process, designed to provide a simple and intuitive customer experience. The really great news is that the system works from your computer, tablet or Smartphone.

Access UK (previously known as the Online Application Service) is already available in mainland China and India, and following its success UKVI is rolling it out globally to customers applying for a Standard Visitor, Visitor (Marriage & Civil Partnership), or Visitor (Permitted Paid Engagement) visa.

If you’re applying for a UK visit visa in Zimbabwe, the new service is live and you can use it right now! Access UK is available at Apply for a UK visa or simply search online for ‘apply for a UK visa’, and you’ll be taken to the right page on Make sure you click on “apply using the new service”.

Customers can use Access UK to apply for their visit visa, book an appointment at their nearest Visa Application Centre, and pay for their application using our standard service or priority visa services.

Over time, all customers applying for visit visas to the UK will be re-directed to Access UK, but Visa4UK will still continue to exist as an application service for other types of visa and customer groups. If you are applying for any other category of longer-stay visa, the process remains unchanged, and you still apply using the Visa4UK website.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is committed to improving our service by making it more convenient, quicker and easier for customers globally to apply for visas.

Published 7 July 2016