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Omicron Variant: UK Suspends Visa Applications From Nigeria

The British High Commission has announced the suspension of visitor visa applications from all red list countries, including Nigeria.

Anaedoonline.ng reports that the UK made this known in a statement issued on Sunday to newsmen.

This is coming hours after Britain added Nigeria to its travel red list as a result of concerns over the Omicron COVID variant.

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According to the UK, the suspension of processing visitor visa applications will only be lifted when the travel ban placed on the country is removed.

“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 reads.

“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.

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“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.

“Separate guidance is available for travellers entering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Use https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-list-of-countries-and-territories.”

The commission also noted that there are only very limited exemptions to travel and entry requirements for critical workers, 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.

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“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,” the commission added.

 

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