VFS.Global; Our gateway to the UKPosted: 2 October 2013
Anyone wanting to go to the UK first has to get a VISA to enter. Wait, let me rephrase that, any Filipino citizen wanting to go to the UK first has to get a VISA to enter. Let’s just say it’s one of our “perks” (just to stay positive).
With our impromptu plans of visiting the queen we had to go through the process, let me educate you on how to do it. Here in Dubai there is VFS.Global which is the UK’s border agency. Their purpose is to collect applications of tourist, from countries that require their citizens a Visa to enter Great Britain, such as the Philippines. This process eliminates the part where applicants actually go to the British embassy/consulate and at the same time provides security for them too. I remember when we had to go to the US consulate here in Dubai, we had to go to 3-4 security checks before we actually were inside the room where they hold the interviews with the consuls. Don’t get me wrong there was security too at VFS but the US consulate was a more traumatic experience for me. Anyhooo…
It was very easy to apply. First you have to fill up the form online and get an appointment, I will provide all the details at the end of the post. After paying online the next step is to show up at your appointment where they will efficiently lead you to an agent who will review all your papers and fix them all up for you. After everything has been sorted out, they ask for your biometrics and collect all your papers. Viola! all done.
Our experience was only made special because of the fact that Arnie had his papers expedited (for a fee), while the three of us had to wait out almost all 15 days from their 10-15 day waiting period. We actually went in there with the intent to have all our papers expedited to give time for our Schengen visa application but remember my post on Taking care of me? well, this left a big scar on my face that was still healing during that time so the agent was hesitant on taking my biometrics because they had instructions where any non permanent mark on the face was not to be accepted. But because we were there already she suggested we just risk it, anyhow the appointment was paid for already. But because they still accept orders for VIP application we decided not to go through with ours since we were facing the possibility of a denied visa the extra cost of $163 each for them to expedite it was simply not worth it.
In the end, we got our visas and we are on our way. All’s well that ends well right?
The website is http://www.vfs-uk-ae.com
|Dubai Visa Application Centre UK VFS Visa Application Centre
Wafi Mall, 2 Floor, Falcon, Phase 2
Umm Hurair 2 – Dubai – UAE
P.O Box 114100GPS Coordinates : Latitude 25.229167 & Longitude 55.318611Parking:
09:00 – 17:00 Sunday to Thursday
We are open to accept applications from 09:00 to 16:00. You can make an appointment through the ‘Schedule an Appointment‘ link on this website.
We recommend that you check that your passport is ready before you come to the visa application for collection – either using ouronline tracking facility on this website or by calling our contact centre. You can also sign up for our SMS messaging service and receive a text on your mobile phone as soon as your passport is ready for collection. Please see the ‘Additional Services‘ page on this website for more information.
Business hours during Ramadan:
Sunday to Thursday
Application submission: 09:00 to 14:00 (by appointment only)
Passport collection: 14:00 to 15:00