Red list: UK suspends visitor visa applications’ processing from Nigeria - PUNCH
BY Sodiq Oyeleke
The British High Commission has announced plans to suspend “making decisions” on visitor visa applications from all red list countries, including Nigeria.
This is coming few hours after the United Kingdom added Nigeria to its red list over Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The decision to suspend visa applications consideration was announced in a statement issued by the commission on Sunday.
“To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID-19 and associated variants of concern (VOC), UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted,” the statement read in part.
It added, “Visit visas cover travel to the UK for tourism, visiting family and friends, undertaking short-term business activities (for example, attending meetings), undertaking short-term studies (under 6 months), taking part in research or exchange programmes as an academic, medical reasons (for example, receiving private medical treatment).
“If you apply for a visit visa in a red list country and you meet the UK Immigration Rules, your application will be paused. You will not receive a decision on your visit visa application whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.
“You will not be able to request a refund of your visa fee once you have given your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). If you already hold a valid visit visa and are intending to travel to England as a visitor from a red list country, you will not be allowed to enter.
“There are only very limited exemptions to travel and entry requirements for critical workers and medical and compassionate cases.
“If you have submitted a visit visa application and you do not wish to withdraw, we will continue to hold your application. If you choose to continue with your visa application, you will not receive a decision on your visit visa whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.”