Reassurance to our visa customers of continuing operation within our existing service standards.
We have seen reports in the last few days that Bangladeshi nationals wishing to apply for visas to visit the United Kingdom will have to submit their applications in New Delhi. This has understandably caused some distress. We would therefore like to take the opportunity to reassure our visa customers.
As part of its global strategy, United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is reducing the number of locations around the world where decisions are made on visa applications. In doing so, it will also significantly reduce costs to the British taxpayer. UKVI is implementing an extended hub and spoke networks. As part of this change the Visa Section at the British High Commission in Dhaka from 1 October 2014, will no longer be a decision making centre.
From that date all UK visa applications submitted in Bangladesh will be assessed by the Visa Section at the British High Commission in New Delhi. Passports will remain in Bangladesh and decisions will continue to be made by British Crown Servants. The cost of the service will stay the same and we will continue to operate within our existing service standards of 15 working days for non settlement cases and 60 working days for settlement cases. As usual, Bangladeshi applicants will submit their visa applications at Visa Application Centres in Dhaka and Sylhet. There will be no need for applicants to travel to India. Nor should they notice any difference to the quality or speed of our service.
We hope that this will reassure our customers.