HA NOI (VNS)— The British Government has decided to fast-track visa processing for businesses, investors and work visa applicants in Ha Noi, with a priority visa service which starts yesterday.
The faster processing service aims to complete visa decisions within three to five working days, compared with the standard 15-day service, said Lord David Puttman, the UK Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia at the launch ceremony on Monday.
Lord Puttman said the British Government was working to ensure the right services were available to encourage growth and support those who it wanted to attract to the UK.
The new service and other recent enhancements to the UK visa operation in Viet Nam, including the opening of a new visa application centre in HCM City this year, provide a more convenient and efficient service for customers and cater for the growing interest from Vietnamese in the UK as a destination for employment, investment and study.
In the 12 months leading up to June 2013, the number of UK visa applications by Vietnamese citizens reached 13,700.
During the past two years, the demand for UK visas in Viet Nam increased by 15 percent. — VNS