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Press Statement from British Consulate General in Hong Kong on UK Student Visas

07/09/2017

The British Consulate General in Hong Kong is aware of delays to Hong Kong students receiving their visas to study in the UK. The Consul General has spoken to both the Chief Executive and the Chief Secretary about the issue and we will continue to work closely with them in the coming days.

We greatly value the decision by Hong Kong students to study in the UK and understand that preparing to study overseas is a stressful time and getting a response to visa applications within the timeframe that you are expecting is a fundamental part of that process. The British Consulate would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these delays. The overall picture is that 99% of student visa applicants in Hong Kong are successful and the vast majority receive a decision within 15 days.

This is the busiest time of the year for UK visa applications and for some cases recently – not just in Hong Kong - it has not been possible to process these within the usual timescales. The UK Consulate General does not handle visas, but is in constant contact with the relevant authority, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and has been assured that they are looking into these individuals’ cases as a matter of urgency and that they are working flat out to ensure that outstanding applications are resolved as quickly as possible. Many visas have been issued in recent days.

UKVI will be in touch directly with applicants as soon as an application has been processed or if further information is required. Applicants should keep an eye out for communications from UKVI, including checking spam folders.

We encourage any students planning to take up a course in the UK to submit their visa application in good time.  Prospective students should be assured that UKVI is still committed to delivering an excellent service for visa customers in Hong Kong and are working hard to ensure that all cases submitted now are dealt with as quickly as possible.

 


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