The United Kingdom, (UK), has resumed work and study visa applications processing in Nigeria.
This was contained in a post by the UK in Nigeria, UKinNigeria, on its social media handles yesterday. In the post, Nigerians were urged to proceed to the UK visa application centres for the priority visa services.
According to the post, “From January 24, TLS will resume offering some Priority Visa (PV) Services in our Nigerian visa application centres. PV services will only be available to customers applying at VACs in Nigeria in work and study routes. These services will only be available via the TLS website and can be purchased when making a VAC appointment”.
Recall that the British High Commission had on December 6, 2021, suspended visa applications from ‘red list’ countries, including Nigeria.
“To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from Covid-19 and associated variants of concern, UK Visas & Immigration will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted”, the High Commission had said, while suspending visa applications in Nigeria.
As of June 2021, the UK announced that at least 20,427 Nigerians are studying in the country.
When the visa processing was suspended over Omicron concerns, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had said it was “unjust, unfair, punitive, indefensible, and discriminatory” and not based on science.
The minister especially called on the British government to urgently review the decision to put Nigeria on its red list and reverse it immediately.