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Changes to UK visa application process in Nairobi

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The processing of visas to the UK for Tanzanian applicants will move from Nairobi to Pretoria from mid August. But the changes will make no difference to the way that visa applicants in Tanzania make and submit their applications.

Between August and December 2014, UK Visas & Immigration (part of the Home Office) will make changes to the way that visa applications made by applicants in East & Central Africa are processed.

Visas are now assessed by the UKVI visa section in Nairobi, but from 31 December all applications will be assessed by the visa section in Pretoria, South Africa. Tanzanian applications will transfer to Pretoria during August and September 2014.

These changes will make no difference to the way that visa applicants in Tanzania make and submit their applications. They will use the same visa application centre in Dar and there will be no changes to the cost of visas. The standard visa processing times will remain the same, and applicants will not wait any longer for a decision on their visa applications. Applications will continue to be assessed by Entry Clearance Officers in a British High Commission.

These changes have been made by UKVI as of part of a plan to reduce the number of visa sections and of the size of the overseas network. The visa section in Nairobi will be greatly reducing in size but it will not close, and a small team in Nairobi will continue to provide a limited service, including for officials and diplomats from Tanzania and other countries in the East & Central Africa region who apply in Nairobi in person or directly through the Tanzanian High Commission in Nairobi.