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Take your visa in 15 days, says UK High Commissioner in Delhi

Visa processing at the British High Commission in Delhi for Indians which has been delayed due to Covid-19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has picked up. It is getting back to the standard time of 15 days, says Alex Ellis.

NEW DELHI, Oct 19: True to character, the British High Commission in Delhi has assured Indians that visa applications for the UK will be processed within the standard time of 15 days.

British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis has said Covid-19 and the Russia- Ukraine conflict had slowed down the visa processing and that it is getting back to normal. "We are on track to get back to processing India to Great Britain #visa applications within our standard of 15 days," Ellis tweeted on Tuesday.

The number of those seeking student visas has gone up by 89% since last year. Ellis said that the skilled workers’ visas are being processed faster and focus is being laid on improving visitor visa processing times.

Ellis advised applicants to apply early. “You can help by applying early. You can apply three months in advance. You can use the different services, including the priority visa service and the super priority visa service if you have a particular urgency," he said.

"Make sure you provide the information requested, not just the information which you want to give. And together, I think we can get right down to the 15-day work service standard by the end of this year," the High Commissioner said.

He said all visa application centres are trying to bring back the 15-day process. “We are doing that through a collective effort of our teams in Delhi, in the UK and all over the world. I am glad to say, I think we are now on track," said Ellis.

More than 1,18,000 Indian students received visa between June 2021 and June 2022.

Chevening scholarship last date

Meanwhile, the High Commission urged Indian students to apply for Chevening scholarship early as the last date is approaching. It said, "Chevening is not just a master's degree. It offers a fulfilling year in the UK with opportunities to experience the culture - a perfect environment for students to flourish & learn."

Chevening is a fully-funded scholarship. Applications must be submitted online at its website https://chevening.org . It is open for applications until 12:00 (GMT), November 1, 2022. There are 75 scholarships this year.

The website claims Chevening’s over 50,000-strong alumni network includes 19 current or former heads of state or government. Chevening alumni excel in a variety of fields outside of politics too.

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