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UK visa applications in Uruguay will be decided in Bogotá

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 08:17 UTC
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As of 26 January 2015, applications for visas for the United Kingdom made in Uruguay will be decided in Bogota. United Kingdom Visas and Immigration, which has the responsibility for issuing UK visas overseas, is introducing a change to its network as part of a broader change program. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    This is yet another cost cutting stunt by the cunning stunts in the UK 'government' who claim 'no change in service levels’ even though they have centralised the operation for SA into one city.

    Well, if the passport fiasco is anything to go by I will be amazed if the whole scheme doesn't grind to a halt in a few weeks.

    It only took a few months for 'I May or I May not' to change her mind when the UK Passport Office were inundated with world-wide ex-pat applications and increase the staffing levels to cope.

    Had they increased the UKPO staff before the change, of course not?

    Camoron & Co are fast getting to the stage where they are making the Marxist commie bastards in the Broad Fraud look as if they know what they are doing.

    Jan 17th, 2015 - 11:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pytangua

    More madness and complication for foreign vistors. Another example - although the British Embassy has re-opened in Paraguay, all Paraguayans needing visas, including those on Chevening scholarships, have to go all the way to Buenos Aires for an interview at the 'Visa Application Centre'. It is such a waste of time and money as this could easily be done in Asunción itself - but guess what, although there is now an embassy, it does not provide consular services.

    Jan 17th, 2015 - 01:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Cruise ConTroll

    I thought Uruguay and the UK were buddy buddies. And the UK requires Visas of the Uruguayans?

    Why would I ever go to such a place? I wouldn't. Not worth the expense.

    Jan 17th, 2015 - 02:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    You do not need to worry about me. I will never use their services. Thank U.

    Jan 17th, 2015 - 02:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Another shift of the balance of economic and political power in Latin America to Colombia.

    It's why Australia recently opened a Consulate-General as a branch of our main Embassy in Chile there. In recognition that trade, students and tourists were growing faster there than our other branch embassy in BsAs.

    Jan 17th, 2015 - 03:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Of course, here in South America no one likes you. In a while you will leave Colombia as well. Colombia is also American. South!

    Get out of the Malvinas!

    Jan 17th, 2015 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 3 TTT

    Don't worry, we wouldn't let you in.

    AND, the reason Uruguayos have to have a visa is to weed out the argies in MVD who lie about their nationality: but heh, WTF would admit to being an argie?

    Jan 17th, 2015 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    You're clearly not up to speed with Colombian foreign affairs. Colombia has very good relations with the UK.

    Jan 17th, 2015 - 05:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    And post 6 means what exactly?

    Sure wish just one person would log into that account.

    Jan 17th, 2015 - 06:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    3 and 4

    You don't want to come???

    Nobody invited you two idiots!

    You are the sort we DONT want. :-D

    You are quite right - a waste of your time and money, even to apply - you are both unwanted.

    Thsts why there IS a Visa interview process - weeding out the undesirables BEFORE they take a flight to Britain.

    All the better to track you guys if you do pass.

    That's probably the same reason Aryentinians need a visa and confirmed hotel reservations before arriving in the Falklands.

    Jan 18th, 2015 - 12:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. I don't understand your problem.

    Why would the UK want any Uruguayans or any other SA nationals to be able to enter?

    Let's take a look at SA nationals. Brazil and Uruguay are headed by terrorists. Ecuador is headed by something that doesn't understand the rule of law. Bolivia is headed by a crackhead. Peru is 'unfriendly'. Argieland is an enemy. Anyone who supports argieland is an enemy.

    Ex-pats, of course, are in a different category. Mostly considered to be traitors, deserting their country for their personal benefit. Possibly with foreigners in an 'arrangement'. Frankly, when anyone boarded an aircraft or a vessel in order to live and 'work' in another country, I'd take their nationality and passport with their boarding pass. Unless they were posted abroad by the UK government.
    @2. Excellent. We need to keep dagos out. What's the difference between a dago and an African scrounger? The African scrounger probably speaks better English!
    @3 & 4. Good. Saves us money. You'd probably have to be shot on arrival.
    @6. Colombia has learned many things that the rest of SA and latam can't comprehend. Do you understand who controls the world? And there's nothing you can do about it. Just so's you know, the US and UK mostly control the world. The UK controls the money and the US controls the power. In London, one tap on a keyboard and the world suffers. Why do you think Germany wants that power? In Washington, one tap on a keyboard and............. Well, you get the idea. Do you have any idea of how many UK and US submarines are within range of Brazil's shores? How fortunate you are that the UK and US are responsible countries. China would probably have swamped you with immigrants, Russia would have sent Spetsnaz and North Korea would have nuked you. But the UK and US protect you.

    Jan 18th, 2015 - 12:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    Why should such a sensible decision to use the British Consulate setup in Bogotá to centralise visa applications and approvals be such a problem? Seems to very sensible to me.

    Jan 18th, 2015 - 04:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 12 gordo1

    Did you read post 1) and did you know about this?

    Renewing our passports in Uruguay before these changes (to passports) took just three weeks according to the British Embassy in MVD.

    The HO closed all the satellite offices who did this work for years without problems for applications to be sent to the UKPO.

    Nobody consulted with the UKPO (according to the staff unions) and just let it all happen with predictable results. May had to expedite new staff to carry on with UK applications whilst experienced staff took on the new (to them) work. It was an unmitigated disaster and May had to answer questions in The House about it.

    Now they are doing it with Visas at a time when May had to open up visas to the Chinese who spend more money on travel than they have ever done but the UK were still operating in the past.

    So answer the question: how much confidence have YOU got that things are not going backwards from here?

    I have NONE. And the UK will suffer again. I just hope my concerns do not materialise but given the recent poor record of doing these things I am not holding my breath. You do know that the Uruguayan Embassy in the UK does NOT rely on the Cerreo service in Uruguay: they use DHL at a minimum fee of U$D 100 per way.

    Jan 18th, 2015 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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