British Home Secretary commits to providing an efficient visa service in Pakistan

During his visit to Pakistan the British Home Secretary Alan Johnson assured the Pakistan Government that the UK Border Agency is committed to providing an efficient visa service to its customers and is working hard to reduce visa processing times. He said he recognised and regretted the distress that had been caused to legitimate applicants due to IT problems experienced during the summer. During his visit to Pakistan, Mr Johnson toured the UK Border Agency offices in Islamabad and was reassured by staff that they will be able to reduce the waiting time for visa applications to 15 working days in November, in line with global customer service standards. The Home Secretary said “We have introduced tough checks around the world for anyone applying for a visa to enter the UK, with applications checked for fraud and forgery, with individuals fingerprinted and checked against a range of watch-lists. We have also taken every step to ensure the rules are clear, with advice on the application process is available on our website.”
Source: http://www.ukvacpk.com/

933 thoughts on “British Home Secretary commits to providing an efficient visa service in Pakistan”

  1. hi Bro i was refused on april 2009 but ive make apeal and won in dec,2009 have my appeal under old policy but due to tier4 my college was no more on the list so i take admission in onther college. i ve got an email form homeoffice ukbaig abhu dhabi to submit my passport, intended date of traveland uptodate acceptance letter of college so i have submitted would i get my visa or not or who stamped visa ukbaig abhu dhabi or BHC isl?m reply me on my email id (kane_killer2001@yahoo.com) thanks

    1. @kashif, hi bro im in exact the same condition my case is also appeal win case my case history is like this
      first rejection on 13 FEB.2009
      appeal against it on 18 FEB.2009
      won appeal on 27 AUG.2009
      got callin letter on 1 SEP.2009
      resubbmitted may PP on 26 NOV.2009
      and till noe no answere from them waitin watin
      my college was AA HAMILTON COLLEGE LONDON and there was no tier 4 at that time in but then the tier 4 system comes my college was there on the list till last month of 2009 but now then i saw the list of 9FEB it was suspended and the same question arises on my mind and i have email ABUDUBAI and they reply we cant help u on that question
      im also verry confused bro if u got nay idea regarding this plz let us kanow

  2. HI,
    I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE SOME THING TO U GUYS THAT DONT PUT TOO MUCH MONEY IN YOUR ACCOUNT, MATTER IS THEY THINK THAT THIS IS BLACK MONEY OR U BORROWED IT FROM SOME WHERE AND THEY CHECKED YOUR BANK STATEMENT FOR SURE AND U KNOW WHAT, I HAVE TWO TWELVE YEARS OLD BANK ACCOUNTS ,ONE HAS ONLY 3 LACS IN IT AND THE OTHER ONE HAS 9 LACS AT THAT TIME .

  3. HI ,
    BHAI I CAN TOTALLY UNDERSTAND YOU WERE LIVED IN UK THATS WHY U HAVE FAMILY THERE AND WHEN U USED TO LIVE SOME WHERE THESE THINGS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME LIKE DRIVING OFFENCES SAME THINGS HAPPENED WITH MY HUBBY WHEN WE USED TO LIVE IN US .AS U KNOW I GOT THE BRITISH VISA ALREADY BUT MY MAIN GOAL IS TO GET US VISA AND GO BACK TO MY SECOND HOME LAND MY SON IS AMERICAN CITIZEN HE WILL APPLY FOR US INSHALLA BUT HE IS TOO YOUNG FOR THAT TILL I WANT TO APPLY FOR US VISA SO AT-LEAST I CAN GO AND VISIT THERE NOW I READ YOUR STORY SO I M WORRIED THAT IS THERE SAME CHECKS IN AMERICAN AMBASSEY .ANY ONE WHO CAN HELP WHO APPLIED FOR US VISA ALREADY. YOUR HELP WILL BE REALLY APPRECIATED…..

  4. @a father, errr its really sad u didn’t get it but don’t worry inshAllah you will get it this time….well in my case i had limited rights of appeal but i was given the chance to go for Administrative Review and i won it ….you have to file your appeal within 28 days of receiving your pp…i don’t know abt the appeal case but in administrative review you have to fill up a AR form and send it to the entry clearance manager and they decide within 28 days of submission but can take longer too…. so just do it within 28 days….in case you are going for admin review ask me anything which comes up…. i have been through it….

    Well, in my case i was rejected for the visa back in September, went for Admin Review, won it and resubmitted my pp on 3rd dec and till now no clue…this monday is my last date to join university (with extension). so the thing is they are making me miss my university session for the second time… and i don’t need to tell you how much it costs you to even miss one session as you all know… but anyways maybe God has something better in our interest….

  5. @a father,

    you will get your visa one day InshaAllah.
    These objections are really stupid.Me myself also waiting for my passport, i have applied for visa in june 2009 but still no sign of getting my passport back. Getting no reply from anywhere.

    1. @SS, InshaAllah you will get ur visa soon.what kind of visa did you applied,and have you ever been to uk,because i applied in jun 2009 and i been to uk couple of time might be this is reason they delaying my passport.

      1. @ALi,

        I have applied for work permit visa. and yes i have been to UK for few years. Did they asked you to resubmit any expired document means TB Test ? What kind of visa you have applied?

  6. hi,
    bhai I feel really sorry for u but what is the reason of rejection ?. Why didnt give the visa to u. I think u have been in UK before so what seems to be a problem. Don’t take too much stress and just leave it to God because He will do what is best for us. INSHALLAH !

  7. slm Guys

    I heard a news on TV regarding students, trust me its not a good news.

    The number of foreign students given visas is to be slashed as part of a crackdown on abuses of the system, it was revealed today.

    Home Secretary Alan Johnson is bringing in tougher rules including demanding that applicants be able to speak passable English and banning those enrolling for short courses from bringing dependants.

    The tightening has been in the pipeline for several months, since Gordon Brown pledged a review in the wake of the Detroit plane bombing attempt.

    Tens of thousands fewer visas are expected to be granted as a result of the measures – although the Home Office refused to give any estimate.

    The “points-based” system was introduced around a year ago, requiring students to secure 40 points to come to the UK. Applicants are given 30 for holding a course offer from a college or university, and 10 for proving they can pay the fees and support themselves while in the country.

    However, there has been criticism that the arrangements have allowed terrorist suspects and other would-be immigrants to gain entry into Britain, and simply stay on despite their visas being temporary.

    In a statement, Mr Johnson said: “We created our points-based system so that we could respond quickly to changing circumstances when necessary to raise the bar students have to meet to come to the UK.

    “We remain open to those foreign students who want to come to the UK for legitimate study – they remain welcome. But those who are not seriously interested in coming here to study but come primarily to work – they should be in no doubt that we will come down hard on those that flout the rules. I make no apologies for strengthening an already robust system.”

    The new rules will not require legislation, and are due to come into force within weeks.

    Would-be students from outside the EU will have to speak English to a level just below GCSE standard (treating English as a foreign language), rather than beginner level as at present.

    In a bid to protect jobs for British youngsters, students taking “below degree level” courses will only be permitted to work for 10 hours a week, instead of the current 20.

    Those on courses lasting less than six months will not be allowed to bring dependants at all, while the dependants of students on below degree-level courses will not be allowed to work.

    Student visas for below degree-level courses will also only be granted for institutions that are on a new register, the Highly Trusted Sponsors List.

    But ministers told the Sunday Telegraph that most if not all publicly funded universities and colleges would be on the roll.

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