UK opens Mobile Biometric Clinic in Goa

PTI, PANAJI | 12 March 2013 15:04 IST

The UK government opened its first ever Mobile Biometric Clinic (MBC) in Goa on Tuesday, which will save the locals from travelling to distant places like Mumbai to apply for visas to the country.

British high commissioner Sir James Bevan and Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar were present at the function held in this regard at a city hotel Tuesday morning.

The MBC is a new and optional service, which, for an additional fee, allows applicants who are residing in Goa to submit their UK visa application and biometric data using a mobile facility in the state.

"All visa applicants previously would have had to travel to Mumbai to lodge their applications. The new MBC service now offers the option to do this much closer to home. The Goa MBC is part of UK Border Agency's proactive approach to constant improvement in customer service," a senior official said.

Addressing the gathering, Parrikar said the MBC is a welcome initiative by the UK Border Agency providing convenience to the citizens of Goa with the localised option of applying for a UK visa.

"Britain welcomes Indian students, visitors, investors and business people. We aim to offer them the best visa service in India. Our visa operation here is the biggest in the world. We have the largest number of visa application centres of any country in India -12. Most Indians who apply for a visa get one - nine out of ten," said Sir James Bevan.

Last month, the UK prime minister had announced a new same day visa service for businessmen, he said.

"Today we launch another new service - a mobile facility which allows Indians to submit their visa application and biometric data outside our current network of Visa Application Centres," he added.

The MBC uses the UK Border Agency's mobile Biometric Enrolment System (BES) equipment to take biometric data (finger scans and digital photograph).

The service is delivered by the UK Border Agency's commercial partner, VFS Global.

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A Pinto::::

Here is he website.

It will deal with applications from Goa.

http://www.vfs-uk-in.com/Mobile_biometric_clinic.html

VFS Global are the agents in Goa.

The service will be introduced in Goa on 11 March 2013. The location will be the Taj Vivanta Hotel, Panjim.



You can call on +91 22 30690201 between 08:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00 hrs Monday to Friday and speak to the operator.

Hope this will assist you & others

Best of Luck.

- N.Fernandes, London | 13 th March 2013 00:44

 

Can anyone give me the address and the telephone number where you can get this visa to Britain in Goa please.

- A. Pinto, Goa | 12 th March 2013 23:40

 

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