U.K. introduce new visa system, applications to be paid for online in dollars

By The Rainbow
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The British High Commission in Nigeria has said that henceforth applications for UK visa would be paid for online and in dollars.  announced a new method for making U.K. visa applications.

The commission's  Press and Public Affairs Officer, Mr Rob Fitzpatrick, announced the new measure in  in a statement on Wednesday.

He said, 'From Dec. 16, 2013, all applications for U.K. visa must be completed using our online application system and paid for online in U.S. dollars.

'Payment can be made using a Verve debit card, Visa or Master Card credit or debit cards or the e-wallet PAGA.

'The move to online application and payment will deliver a streamlined process. It is consistent with a wider global trend to online transactions and payments,'' he added.

According to the statement, the new system has met the requirements of the U.K. Government's Digital by Default Initiative. the commission  expressed optimism that the system would cut costs in the management of visa operation as well as help to reduce visa fees. It added  that the system would be safer for customers as it would reduce the risk of handling large sums.