CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

Nigeria: UK Introduces New Visa Online Application Platform

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Lagos — THE United Kingdom has announced a new online platform for Nigerian applicants wishing to acquire visas to the European country.

According to officials, the system, which is effective from December 16, is in line with international application trends.

Under the new system, Nigerian applicants would be required to pay online using United States currency.

“From December 16, 2013, all applications for UK visa must be completed using our online application system and paid for online in US dollars,” stated Rob Fitzpatrick, Press and Public Affairs Officer Nigeria based British embassy .

He said that the move the online application and payment system would deliver a streamlined process.

“It is also consistent with a wider global trend to online transactions and payments,” Fitzpatrick added.

Payment can be made using a Verve debit card, Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards or thee-wallet Paga.

Fitzpatrick was optimistic the new application platform would cut costs in the management of visa operation as well as help to reduce visa fees.

He added that the new system had met the requirements of the UK Government's Digital by Default Initiative.

The initiative means digital services that are simple and convenient that all those who can use them while those who cannot are not excluded.

An estimated 150 000 Nigerians are granted visas annually to travel to the UK.

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