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12.06.2003 General News

British High Commission Revises

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The British High Commission yesterday said it was revising its "drop box" facility for certain category of visa applicants as part of its continual efforts to improve the service offered to applicants. A statement issued in Accra said those who may use the facility are applicants who have travelled to the UK, USA, Canada or Australia within the last five years in "the same category they are applying, for example, as a visitor.

It said those who have travelled to a Schengen country or Switzerland (in the same category) within the last three years, have evidence of this travel and have not been refused a visa since their travel may also use the facility. Others are those who are aged 60 years and above and are visiting a parent, sister, brother, son/daughter or grandson/daughter in the UK, and a diplomat in the Ghanaian Foreign Service, or in a diplomatic mission in Ghana.

The statement said applications by diplomats, should be accompanied by an official note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and or the appropriate foreign mission.

Students in the UK who have previously studied in the UK on a student visa or have full British Council sponsorship, could also use the facility, but must include full supporting documents. The statement said those who meet the criteria might use the "Drop Box" facility.

It said applications might be submitted during opening hours from 07:00 to 10:00 hours from Monday to Friday (except public holidays). An applicant may drop off the application(s) in person or send a representative.

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