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UK visa: We suspended priority not student, family, work visas

The British High Commission has clarified its earlier statement on the suspension of visas, stating that it suspended the priority visas and not student, work and family visas for Nigerian applicants.

The commission explained that the development was due to a reprioritisation of resources in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

The commission in a statement, on Wednesday, said it was still possible to apply for any category of the UK visa in the usual way on gov.uk and via its Visa Applications Centres.

It added that the VACs remain open and customers are welcome to apply for a standard visa of any category in the usual manner, including student, family, work and visit visas.

The statement read, “Following the statement issued by the British High Commission in Nigeria on 15 March, ‘temporary suspension of priority visas for student, work and family applications,’ we are aware of report circulating in the Nigerian media and online that the UK has suspended student, work and family visas for Nigerian applicants.

“This is not true. It is still possible to apply for any category of the UK visa in the usual way on gov.uk and via our Visa Applications Centres in Nigeria.

“Our VACs remain open and customers are welcome to apply for a standard visa of any category in the usual manner, this includes student, family, work and visit visas.

“However, due to a reprioritisation of resources in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine, the UK has temporarily suspended its priority visa service.

“As our 15 March statement made clear, this temporary suspension only applies to the UKVI’s expedited, added-value ‘Priority’ and ‘Super Priority’ visa services.  This suspension is to enable the UKs global visa operation to prioritise applications for the new Ukraine Family Scheme.”

The mission apologised for any inconvenience this development has caused and promised to issue an updated statement the moment ‘Priority’ and ‘Super Priority’ visa services resume.

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