From July 5, UK Visas and Immigration has begun a phased resumption of services at the newly relocated UK Visa Application Centre in Doha.
Customers can now submit applications and enjoy an enhanced application process at the spacious and centrally located new UK Visa Application Centre at Level-1, Al Nuaimi Building, Oqba Ibn Nafie Street, Airport Road.
As part of health precautions, only customers with a prior appointment may visit the centre to submit their applications and enrol biometrics.
Customers who were unable to attend an earlier appointment at the centre prior to the lockdown will now be able to log into their account to book a new appointment. Customers who had completed their application on GOV.UK before lockdown, but didn’t previously book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre, can now also book an appointment.
The following services will currently not be offered: Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa (for visit visas), Priority Visa for settlement and Walk-in service.
Customers are also advised that there are new rules in place for entering the UK because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation. “We request you to please check the latest information before you travel at https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control,” a press statement noted.
As part of the VFS Global health and safety measures for the prevention of Covid-19, which are in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation and local authorities, customers visiting their Visa Application Centres may be asked to observe physical distancing, undergo temperature checks or be required to wear facemasks.
Customers can also opt for courier return of documents (available at a nominal fee), so they do not have to visit the Visa Application Centre again after a decision is made. For customers who will be coming to the centre to pick up their passports after a decision is made, VFS Global will contact them to arrange for the collection of their passports, by appointment only.
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