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UK visa application centre in Colombo moves to a new location

The UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) at Colombo will now function from new premises from 7 November 2016.

Visa Centre old

The VAC will be located at:

75, Arnold Ratnayake Mawatha,
Colombo 10.
Sri Lanka

The VAC will be open Monday to Friday – timings: 09:00 - 14:00.

The new VAC is a joint VAC sharing its space with VFS processing Australian applications. The new centre is bigger and includes a bigger premium lounge. The increase in the number of application counters will make it convenient to accommodate more customers. Customers using this new VAC will b need to pay an extra charge of £54 on top of the cost of the visa. This charge, along with the visa fee, will need to be paid for when the application is submitted online. All visa decisions will be made in Delhi and will be processed within UKVI’s global 15 working day service standard. Customers needing a UK visa urgently will still be able to apply for them in Kolkata or Delhi and use the priority or super priority visa services if eligible.

Customers can make use of number of user pay services at the VAC including:

  • Walk-in Appointments - for customers who need to travel urgently or who have missed their appointment
  • Online Payment Assistance –where customers can pay for their visa by cash at the VAC, using VFS Global’s credit card to make the online payment.
  • Certification - customers can keep hold of their original documents using this service. They need to bring original documentation to the VAC to show VFS staff, who then photocopy the documents to send off with their applications
  • Application and Document Checks - Customers who have completed and printed their application form can pay an additional fee to have the documents checked by VFS staff before it is sent to UKVI for processing.

For more information on user pay services click here.

Published 7 November 2016