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UK Shut Visa Application Centres In Lagos Over Elections Security Concerns

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As it expresses worries for safety ahead of this Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly elections, the UK Embassy in Nigeria has decided to close its Ikeja and Victoria Island visa application centers in Lagos on Monday in order to protect its personnel and clients.

Customers would not be able to pick up their passports on the specified day from the impacted centers, according to a statement from the UK on Friday.

The Visa Application Centers (VACs) in Ikeja and Victoria Island will be closed on Monday, March 20, according to the announcement. This is done to ensure the personnel and customer’s safety. There are no VAC appointments scheduled for this day, therefore clients won’t be able to visit the VAC to pick up paperwork or passports.

In order to keep their passports during the VAC closure, customers have the opportunity to purchase the Keep My Passport and Courier Return services in advance. All visa application decisions will still be made by UKVI.

The UK stated that Super Priority Visa (SPV) services would be halted on Friday “since the next working day opening isn’t until Tuesday 21st March,” although Priority Visa (PV) services will continue to be offered.

“Until TLS has contacted a customer to do so, they should not visit the VAC. The British High Commission offices in Nigeria are unable to help because they are not part in the visa decision-making process and do not possess passports, according to the statement.”

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