UK - Online visa applications available in Finland and Germany

Further to our report on South African residents being able to make an online visa application to the UK,visa applicants in Finland and Germany wishing to work or study the UK can also now make their applications via the Internet. Under the same online system called "visa4uk," the process will help facilitate and speed up the process of issuing visas for the UK.

The new online system guides applicants step-by-step through the application process. Once the online application form has been completed, applicants will receive a notification by e-mail containing their reference number. The applicant will then need to send all supporting documents to the Visa Section in Dusseldorf or Helsinki together with the visa fee. Applicants will also receive notification via e-mail once the visa has been issued, together with information concerning when their passport will be returned. Beginning next month, applicants will also be able to pay the visa fee online with their MasterCard or Visa.