Payment process eased UK visa for Bangladeshis

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UK visa process for Bangladeshis safer, more modern and more efficient by introducing the option to use card and online transactions to pay for a UK visa application. Beginning from 17 December 2019, this change improves the previous model, where cash was the only way to pay for a UK visa application, giving customers greater choice during this process, a press release of British High Commission Dhaka said yesterday. This is initially a six-month trial and brings Bangladesh into line with global practice. UK Visas and Immigration will assess how many customers choose the online or card option and what issues may prevent them from doing so.

This move will give added security and efficiency to the visa process by allowing customers to apply through a secure digital payment platform when they apply online.  Last year, almost 25,000 Bangladeshis were successfully granted a UK visa across all categories – a 26 per cent increase on the previous year.  In addition, almost 85 per cent of Bangladeshi customers receive a decision in 15 working days or less.

As more and more Bangladeshis choose the UK as a place to visit and study, this announcement can give them extra confidence that the UK system is modernising, efficient and secure.  “The UK government knows how much interest the UK visa system can generate in Bangladesh, and that is why we want to be sure that system is as efficient as possible,” Robert Chatterton-Dickson, UK High Commissioner to Bangladesh, said.  

 “This announcement is a key part of that goal. By adding modern, digital payment methods to our visa service, we can give customers choice in how to pay and confidence to our customers that their money is safe and secure,” he added.

This project is part of a six-month pilot in partnership with UKVI’s commercial partner VFS. Customers will still be able to use cash during this time and the Home Office will seek Bangladeshi views to ensure any feedback is built into any further plans.

This process will be applicable for both Dhaka and Sylhet Visa Application Centres for any visa applied for on or after 17 December 2019.