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UK launches new online visa application for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom on Tuesday launched its new online Visa Application system for its visas and immigration service.

A statement from the British High Commission said the Access UK, formerly known as the Online Application Service, has been launched in Pakistan for customers applying for UK Visit visas.

The new intuitive and simple service, now launched in Pakistan, would enable customers to apply and pay for all visa and immigration products online.

The new system, launched by the UK Visas and Immigration Service, makes it more convenient, quicker and easier for customers to apply, book an appointment and pay for their application using the standard or priority service.

The Access UK is available for those applying for a Standard Visitor Visa, Visitor (Marriage and Civil Partnership) Visa or Visitor (Permitted Paid Engagement) Visa.

The service offers customers a shorter application form and a dynamic form that asks relevant questions based on a customer’s previous answers.

According to the statement, the visa service has been designed specifically for the local customers in mind. It allows customers to book a Visa Application Centre (VAC) appointment and pay for the relevant service – displaying the price in Rupees – via MasterCard, Maestro, Visa, PayPal and Skrill. The new service is available in Urdu, although answers need to be English.

The system is designed to be easier for customers, as they will be able to review, edit and download a partially completed application at any point before submission, and access via smart phones and tablets.

It also offers support for those who plan to make a separate application for a Schengen Visa, with a partially auto-completed Schengen Application Form available to download and print. Agencies