The UK government has rolled out an online digital visa application process to 180 nations, marking a major milestone for the Access UK project which began life in 2014 solely for Chinese citizens.
It now covers 180 countries and is available in 10 languages. Over half a million applications have been made via the service so far, the government said.
“I’m delighted to report that this global rollout has been achieved on time and without compromising on the quality of the service,” said Simon Peachey, director of international visa operations at UK Visas and Immigration.
The Access UK service also works across mobile devices to make it as convenient as possible for those applying to work on the application from any location.
The government added that a further 13 “lower volume locations” will also get access to the service, although some unique locations, such as the Falkland Islands, will retain their own application processes.
The Home Office touted the availability of the service on Twitter.
The move to digitise the visa application process underlines the growing push among government and the wider business market to make it as easy as possible to access key services via the web and mobile apps.
For example, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is creating a digital version of the driving licence that could be stored in the Apple Wallet.
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