"We along with our commercial partner, VFS Global, are committed to providing our customers with an efficient visa service, and we introduce changes to our processes with this in mind. In this case, completing and submitting applications online saves time.
"We have been introducing the use of online applications gradually so that customers have been able to get used to the process," Home Office Regional Director, Thomas Greig, said in a statement.
"Customers already need to make online applications for visas under the points based system. We are now extending the requirement to all categories of UK visa application."Online applications can be made at http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk or https://apply.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/iapply.portal for the point based system and guidance can be found at www.vfs-uk-lk.com.