England Lockdown and Visa Applications

Lockdown England
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Many of our clients are concerned about how the current 4-week England lockdown will affect their UK visa application. The lockdown in England is set to end on 2 December 2020. Fortunately, we have good news.

Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants are open

The London office of Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants is fully operational. Our UK consultants are available via Zoom consultations. It is business as usual at our London office and all other affiliate offices.

Clients are thus welcome to contact us at any time and can be assured that our normal operations are running.

UK Visa Applications are not affected

UKVCAS, the service provider that process UK visa applications on behalf of the Home Office have confirmed that their services will continue, despite the 4-week lockdown.

UKVCAS said that they have an “Essential Service” status, and their staff are classified as key workers.

All UKVCAS service points will thus remain open throughout the lockdown period. One can therefore submit UK visa applications as per usual.

South Africa House in London is closed

Unfortunately, SA Immigration services will be affected by the lockdown.

The South African High Commission has confirmed that the Home Affairs offices will be closed during the England lockdown, until further notice. The appointment system will also be closed. The collection of passports and ID’s will resume when the office re-opens.

Clients can find more information on this and updates on the South Africa House website.

VFS Offices in England closed for South African Immigration Applications

The VFS offices in England has confirmed to Breytenbachs that they will not accept any visa applications for South Africa during the 4-week lockdown in England.

The confirmation is unfortunate news for our existing clients who need to submit their SA visa applications. Breytenbachs is in constant contact with the SA authorities and will provide an update as soon as we have more information on when the SA visa submission offices will re-open.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our SA Immigration Team at [email protected]

How Breytenbachs can help you

Breytenbachs can thus assure clients that UK visa applications can proceed as normal.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to submit visa applications for South Africa in England. Clients are, however, very welcome to speak to our SA Immigration Team, who try their utmost to assist clients under the circumstances.  Contact us at [email protected] or visit our website at www.bic-immigration.com