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UK Visas & Immigration to hold pop-up VACs in Seychelles

UK Visas & Immigration will be holding pop-up Visa Application Centre sessions in Victoria to allow customers in Seychelles to apply for a UK visa locally.

Appointments will be available from 9am to 3pm on all four dates
Appointments will be available from 9am to 3pm on all four dates

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will be offering a series of “pop-up” visa application centres (VAC) in Victoria between July and August 2018. These sessions will be operated by their commercial partner, TLS Contact, and will run for two consecutive working days each month.

Pop-up visa application centre dates
17 July
18 July
20 August
21 August

Sessions will be open on these days between 9am and 3pm. Customers will be able to make appointments to submit visa applications on any of these days, and will be able to collect their passports from the British High Commission in Victoria once a decision has been made on the application.

The application process will not change. UK visa customers will continue to complete their applications and pay their visa fee online at Visa4UK or Access UK before choosing an appointment at the Seychelles visa application centre.

To use this pop-up application centre, customers in the Seychelles will need to pay a service fee of £350 to TLS Contact, in addition to the visa fee. This service fee allows UKVI to offer this service in the Seychelles, so that customers do not have to travel to another country to apply for a visa.

All payments should be made online at the time of making the application, before visiting the application centre.

At your appointment, you will submit your biometric data and your application will be sent to UKVI in South Africa. There will be no changes in visa processing times – UKVI will continue to process visa applications in line with global customer service standards.

All UK visa applications will continue to be decided by trained UKVI staff in a fair and objective process – staff at the pop-up application centre and at the British High Commission in Victoria have no influence at all over the outcome of any visa application.

Pop-up visa application centre address:

British High Commission
3rd Floor
Oliaji Trade Centre
Francis Rachel Street
Victoria
Mahé
Seychelles

Customers who wish to make use of the pop-up visa application centre should follow these simple steps to apply:

Step 1

Visit Visa4UK or Access UK to apply online for your UK visa. You can also find essential information here before you apply, including types of visas and supporting documents you may need. Ensure you know which type of visa you need to apply for.

Step 2

Make payment of the visa fee (and Health Surcharge if you are applying to study or stay in the UK for longer than 6 months) and book an appointment online to attend the pop-up VAC in Victoria at the same time.

Tip!

You will still be offered the option of attending the VAC in Mauritius, so ensure you are picking an appointment at the pop-up VAC in Victoria.

Step 3

Register on the TLScontact website to make payment of the mandatory £350 service fee. You will not be able to proceed with your appointment if you have not paid this service fee. Please bring the payment confirmation email with you on the day of your appointment.

Step 4

Attend your appointment at the pop-up VAC, located at the British High Commission offices in Victoria.

Tip!

Remember to take your passport and original supporting documents, including the receipt for the service fee. If you are applying to study in the UK, see what documents you will be required to submit.

Pop-up visa application centre appointments are open to all customers who wish to apply for a visa for travel to the UK.

Published 6 June 2018