New UK VISA application service launches in Kenya

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Applying for a VISA to the United Kingdom has gotten much easier after the European nation launched a new online application service dubbed Access UK that allows customers to complete the application process quicker.

According to the British High Commission in Nairobi, the simple to use online visa application service has already been rolled out in 200 countries including Kenya and its design is based on customer feedback. Access UK will replace the Visa4UK website that was previously being used to facilitate the application process.

“The Home Office is committed to improving the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) service, by making it more convenient, quicker and easier for customers to apply for a UK visa. This includes improvements to the online customer journey, the introduction of new technology and the digitisation of services,” the British High Commission said in an official statement.

Apart from speeding up the application process the service has other perks such as the introduction of an online payment option and an easy to follow checklist that will make it more convenient for customers. The service can also allow interested parties the option to select a standard, priority or super-priority service (where available) and it can be applied flexibly using any mobile device

“The service will allow customers to transition smoothly to Access UK. The vast majority of customers will be able to self-upload their supporting evidence and customers will be able to easily select and pay for additional services to suit their needs,” the statement from the British High Commission reads.

The commission similarly stated that a small number of customers will continue to use the existing Visa4UK service until all visa types are transferred to Access UK during the course of 2019.

Customers will be directed to the relevant application system from the GOV.UK guidance page, which can be accessed via the Applying for a visa to come to the UK page.


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