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Notice for holders of expired visas and update on disruption caused by volcanic ashes

20 April 2010

The UK Border Agency has confirmed that there will be transitional arrangements in place for migrants who have been unable to leave the UK and whose visas have now expired due to exceptional circumstances caused by the volcanic ashes. The UKBA has advised travelers to ensure that they retain evidence of their planned travel that would have enabled them to leave the UK before the expiry of their visa.

In addition, due to the ongoing closure of airspace in most European countries, processing times for visa applications from certain countries are being affected. This is because the flight cancellations are causing disruption to courier schedules, leading to delays in transporting passports and visa applications in processing centres in Europe.

The Visa section of the UKBA has also announced that delays are currently occurring at the following visa processing centres:

• Warsaw - This is affecting visa applications from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

• Stockholm - This affects visa applications from Norway and Helsinki. All visa decisions will be delayed by up to one week.

• Belgrade - This is affecting visa applications from Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia.

• UK - This is affecting visa applications from Algeria and Pakistani settlement applications only.



Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.