Abu Dhabi: All applications for visas for the United Kingdom made in the UAE must be paid for online by credit or debit card, before submission at the visa application centres in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi said in a statement on Monday.
The new regulation came into effect on Monday as part of a new system of the UK Border Agency. The agency is in the process of moving to an online application and payment system where almost all customers will apply and pay for their visas online.
From Monday, visa fees will be payable in US Dollars by Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card. Payment using other types of credit or debit cards or in other currency cannot be accepted.
When the online payment has been taken, the visa applicant will receive a confirmation email as proof of payment which should be taken to the visa application centre on the day of appointment.
Online payment is part of an ongoing initiative to improve customer service standards, said the statement. Online appointment and application systems were successfully introduced in the UAE in 2011.
Applicants now arrange appointments at their own convenience and experience reduced waiting times at the visa application centres. The facility to make online payments will further enhance this service and is consistent with a wider global trend towards online transactions and payments.
It will also provide a much safer system for both customers and staff as it reduces the risks associated with handling large amounts of cash during the visa application process.
Further advice on applying for a visa for the United Kingdom is available at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries/uae