Currently, the UK has put its flexi appointment or walk-in service visa applications in Nigeria on hold. People are now wondering about the impact that this will have on Nigerian students who wish to make applications for their UK student visas.
According to a statement released on Jan. 10, 2022, upon the temporary suspension of the Flexi Appointment application, people will not be able to book an appointment online and the same applies even if they come to the Visa Application Centre.
According to them, this is to guarantee the safety of customers outside the VAC.
UK Student Visas
Do not have the false assumption that the suspension of the flexi appointment service means that Nigerian students will no longer be able to apply for a UK student visa.
That is not true as students who wish to study in the UK can still apply for their Visa by making an appointment with a VAC in the country.
They are however admonished to be at the centre 15 minutes before their appointment. Take care not to come earlier than the 15 minutes stipulated otherwise you might not be allowed into the premises till the right time.
In some special cases such as UK Visa application for urgent medical attention, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will hasten the process. Be sure to reach out to UKVI to get more information regarding this.
Taking into consideration the large number of UK student visa applications received, they are making efforts to schedule more appointments so as to attend to students faster.
This will indeed help to reduce the queue that is always outside the VAC, formed by students looking to get a Visa appointment.
The amount of time it takes to process student visa applications in line with the customer service standard is 15 working days.
They equally added that they are working hand in hand with TLS so as to handle more VAC appointments.
According to the UK government data, Nigerian students have remained one of the top five cohorts to receive sponsored visas for September 2019, September 2020 and September 2021.
In another report we see that out of the majority (63%) of Sponsored study dependents for the year ending September 2021, 31% are Nigerian nationalities.