UK student visa procedures eased for Maldivians

The UK Border Agency has announced it will expedite the processing of student visas for Maldivian applicants whose courses are due to commence by the end of October 2010.

UK Border Agency further stated that visa applications submitted between 8 to 14 September 2010 would be processed within five working days, making it easier for Maldivian students as they can obtain visas by travelling to Sri Lanka only once.

The UK High Commission to the Maldives is affiliated with the UK’s Sri Lankan High Commission. During a recent debate in the House of Commons, Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Maldives raised the difficulties Maldivian students face when trying to obtain a visa to study in the UK, as well as mobilising British financial assistance to the Maldives.

The debate was organised by the UK-Maldives All Party Group with the support of the High Commission of Maldives in London, and was open to the public.