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Monday, February 07, 2011 - 7.00 GMT

UK & Australia to share VAC in Sri Lanka


The UK Border Agency and Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship will share the current UK visa application centre in Colombo.

The UK and Australia have agreed to share a number of visa application centres and biometric collection facilities worldwide, as Australia begins to collect biometric data from its visa customers, stated the British High Commission in Colombo.

It also said this initiative does not change the way in which UK visa customers submit their visa applications and biometrics at the VAC. There is also no change to the process by which the UK Border Agency makes decisions on all UK visa applications.

Customers’ biometric and personal data will not be shared as part of this initiative. The information of UK visa applicants and Australia visa applicants will be stored and processed completely separately. All customer information will continue to be protected to the highest standards, in accordance with relevant data protection and privacy laws, the British High Commission said.

VFS Global Ltd will continue to operate the joint visa application centre in Colombo. Customers will still enjoy the same high level of customer service and there will be sufficient capacity for UK and Australian customers.

"We remain committed to continuing to provide an efficient and high standard visa service for all our customers in Sri Lanka.” said Mark Gooding, Acting British High Commissioner.







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