Earlier this week, the UK High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis apologized for the visa delays that Indian citizens were facing and suggested that people should buy their airline tickets only after getting their visas, to avoid any extra charges. He also said that the UK is expecting a large number of Indian students who plan to join colleges later this year. He said that the High Commission is taking every measure to ensure the timely delivery of the visas. He also said that the UK is expecting a large number of Indian students who plan to join colleges later this year. He said that the High Commission is taking every measure to ensure the timely delivery of the visas.
📢 Good news, Priority and Super Priority visas are available for Student visas. We anticipate high demand over the next few weeks so recommend that you apply for your visa as soon as possible. Remember, it can take time to prepare your supporting documents so start this now. pic.twitter.com/xSePrWM2D9— UK in India🇬🇧🇮🇳 (@UKinIndia) August 12, 2022
At the same media conference, he also outlined the causes for the delays and said the 'unprecedented' surge in demand for UK visas was because the Covid restrictions were eased. Adding to the surge, other global events like Russia's invasion of Ukraine has also led to delays. “Many apologies, as I know this is causing a lot of problems… I want to apologise to everyone who has been affected by this and the distress which it gives you,” Ellis said. The UK High Commission said that it will dedicate more resources to resolve the issue, while also training more people to address the delays. It was also pointed out that the priority visa service remains open and accessible to all. “We want to see an unprecedented number of Indian students coming to the UK this year and we will do everything we can to make sure that you get your visa on time. But again, follow the guidance to the letter,” Ellis said in a video posted on Twitter. Multiple Indian passengers suffered huge losses as they made the mistake of booking their air travel tickets and hotel accommodations before getting their visas. They were required to pay large amounts of money in cancellation fees due to the delays.
A lot of you have been in touch about visa delays; many apologies, as I know this is causing a lot of problems. Here’s what we’re doing, and what you can do. pic.twitter.com/QJm7HceDq6— Alex Ellis (@AlexWEllis) August 12, 2022