Visas and Immigration Department of the UK (UKVI) is looking to start a latest preferred agency program in India next month, targeted to ease the process of visa application for travel agents and their customers.
According to the UK immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, the latest scheme would permit the UKVI to work more closely with the legitimate agents who would be responsible for the applications they verify. We would train the agents so that they could verify the applicants on the part of UKVI and make sure that the applications they are submitting are genuine. This would ensure that the process is apparent, simple and competitive.
The qualified and trained travel agents would be provided a designated contact at the UKVI for facilitating the process of visa.
The Minister also informed that they will start a pilot scheme with almost 50 travel agents from India for testing it, and also looking at the steps that would assist us in starting the scheme to many more agents. He also expects that the applications for visa come through the scheme of preferred agent in future.
The Minister had also announced that the UKVI is also extending the similar day, services of super priority visa to work and study visas and also first time visitors. A latest application centre is also being proposed in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.