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We Didn't Suspend Student, Other Visa Applications in Nigeria - UK Embassy

We Didn’t Suspend Student, Other Visa Applications in Nigeria – UK Embassy

The British High Commission has debunked reports that it has suspended student, work, family, and visitor visas in Nigeria.

The commission said it only announced the suspension of priority visas.

This is coming as a reaction to the misinterpretations of a previous statement by the commission, which suggested that it had stopped Nigerians from applying for any category of visa.

This commission had issued a statement to announce a temporary suspension of the ‘Priority’ and ‘Super Priority’ visa services.

The new policy became necessary as the UK has decided to prioritise applications made under the Ukraine family scheme in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The commission said in a statement on Wednesday that it was still possible for Nigerian applicants to apply for any category of the UK visa in the usual way on gov.uk and via its Visa Applications Centres.

It added that VAC remain open to Nigerians who want to submit application for a standard visa of any category in the usual manner, including family, student, work and visitor visas.

The statement read, “Following the statement issued by the British High Commission in Nigeria on 15 March, ‘temporary suspension of priority visas for student, work and family applications,’ we are aware of report circulating in the Nigerian media and online that the UK has suspended student, work and family visas for Nigerian applicants.

“This is not true. It is still possible to apply for any category of the UK visa in the usual way on gov.uk and via our Visa Applications Centres in Nigeria.

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“Our VACs remain open and customers are welcome to apply for a standard visa of any category in the usual manner, this includes student, family, work and visit visas.

“However, due to a reprioritisation of resources in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine, the UK has temporarily suspended its priority visa service.

“As our 15 March statement made clear, this temporary suspension only applies to the UKVI’s expedited, added-value ‘Priority’ and ‘Super Priority’ visa services. This suspension is to enable the UKs global visa operation to prioritise applications for the new Ukraine Family Scheme.”

The mission in Nigeria apologised for any inconvenience the development has caused and promised to issue an update the moment ‘Priority’ and ‘Super Priority’ visa services are restored.

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