VFS Global has unveiled the first-of-its-kind ‘Visa Application Centre on wheels’ for UK visa applicants in Bangkok.
The Mobile Visa Application Centre (MVAC) is equipped with end-to-end technology to enrol biometrics and accept visa applications remotely from any location for individual or group submissions.
VFS Global’s MVAC caters to applicants – including governments and authorities – who may face challenges accessing the nearest fixed Visa Application Centre and would therefore prefer the centre to come to them, it stated in a press release.
According to VFS Global, other benefits of the mobile facility includes the ability to schedule requirements on demand at short notice to service applicant-surges or emergencies at any location; and the capture and transfer of data through secure and certified systems.
Jiten Vyas, regional group COO, VFS Global, remarked: “With state-of-the-art technology for secure submission of biometric data, the MVAC is a cost-effective solution as it does not require a permanent physical infrastructure and acts as a reliable backup to a physical Visa Application Centre with its round-the-clock service capabilities.”
Nick Crouch, regional director for UK visas and immigration in South and South-east Asia, added: “By producing this innovative, technology-led solution VFS Global can now offer a more flexible and creative offer for customers, ensuring the 80,000-plus Thais who apply for a UK visa each year can now do so in a more modern and convenient way.”
To avail the service, applicants must choose Bangkok as the location and select ‘Mobile VAC- Crystal Design Center’ or ‘Mobile VAC- Thanya Park’ in the appointment category. Applicants can fill the online application form and book appointments at https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.
The mobile visa facilities are stationed at Crystal Design Centre (CDC) (Monday 09.30-15.00); and Thanya Park (Tuesday 09.30-15.00).
There is a minimal fee of 3,800 baht (US$120) per application which must be paid online through credit card.