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Sri Lanka visa office of UK, no decision yet to move
03 Sep, 2007 14:39:44
Sept 03, 2007 (LBO) – No decision has yet been made to close the UK visa office in Colombo, though a review is underway, the British High Commission in Colombo said Monday.
Press reports had said the visa office may be closed and moved to India.

"There is an ongoing review into British visa services in South Asia," the high commission said in a statement.

"The review is at an early stage and no decisions have been made yet on the position of the visa section at the British High Commission in Colombo."

Sri Lankan and Maldivian visa applications should still be submitted to the VFS visa application centre in Duplication Road, Colombo 03.

"If a decision is made which affects visa operations locally we will issue a statement," the embassy said.
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4. traveller Sep 04
Aj,
if it is meant for convenience of the visa applicants they should have a general number that is accesible by any phone.

This particular line is not going to Dialog call center - but to the high commission/ VFS visa office.

that means you cant call and get the visa application info from the visa office unless you have a dialog phone.

3. aj Sep 04
Trave it is a convenience. I you take a cab or drive somewhere it will probably cost you more as well as time.

Other operators should also try to give services to people. May be try other embassies, including this one and do express parcel tracking etc.

2. traveller Sep 04
Also it seems UK Embassy/VFS favour only "Dialog" subscribers to get UK visa!

Because only Dialog subscribers can get access to their call center to track the status of the application. There is no other way for non-dialog phone users track their application except visiting VFS office.

This service cost Rs 20/- + taxes per minute and one has to call several times to figure out which option to select in the menu - it is made so confusing so that people have to spend more time on that line.

Sad to see how even diplomatic services being commercialized at the expense of the inconvenience of a larger population.

1. sham Sep 03
If the UK government feels that issuing Visas to SL is too costly and not much worth the effort, while SL is a commonwealth country and all, maybe we should just ask for the embassy premises in the front of temple trees to be returned...

maybe we could move the pakistani or chinese embassy to that spot. why should we give prime land to them when they dont even provide a visa service to us?/????