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UK opens luxury visa application centre in Enugu; explains expensive fees

The introduction of the Enugu centre is a strategic move by the British High Commission to extend its visa services beyond Abuja, Lagos, and Port Harcourt.

• September 11, 2023
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British visa used to illustrate the story(Credit: Visa Reservation)

In a significant development for Nigerian travellers seeking entry into the United Kingdom, the British High Commission has unveiled plans to open a temporary submission centre for UK visas in Enugu State from September 13, 2023.

“The British High Commission in Nigeria is pleased to announce the opening of a new temporary submission centre for UK visas in Enugu State from 13 September 2023,” the British High Commission announced in a statement seen by Peoples Gazette on Monday. 

It added, “This facility will operate out of the Omedel Luxury Hotel. 4/6 Link Road off Pascal and Jerk Bustop. Independence Layout, Enugu, and will shortly offer a twice-a-week service.”

The introduction of the Enugu centre is a strategic move by the British High Commission to extend its visa services beyond the traditional hubs of Abuja, Lagos, and Port Harcourt. 

By establishing a presence in Enugu, the commission aims to cater to the growing demand for UK visas in the South-Eastern region of Nigeria, offering convenience to applicants who might previously have had to travel long distances to access visa services. 

According to the commission, a notable feature of the new submission centre is its designation as a premium location. However, the premium status comes with a N246,250 fee.

“The temporary submission centre in Enugu opens as a Premium Location, meaning it will cost NGN246,250.00, which includes a premium lounge appointment, courier return, SMS notifications, general customer support, and guidance,” it said.

While the decision to impose a premium fee has raised questions about the affordability of UK visas for Nigerians, the British High Commission stated that the cost reflects the services provided at the Enugu centre. The premium lounge appointment, in particular, offers applicants a more streamlined and personalised process, minimising wait times and enhancing overall comfort.

The introduction of the temporary submission centre in Enugu is not only a significant development for visa applicants but also a strategic move by the British High Commission to gauge the demand for such services in the South-East. 

“Demand for visa services will be carefully monitored and service reviewed/expanded should there be sufficient volumes. TLS will trial this location for at least three months to assess uptake of the service and enable decisions on continuation,” the commission added. 

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