The British High Commission in Nigeria on Wednesday announced a new
system of visa application whereby U.K. visa would be paid for online
in U.S. dollars.
In a statement signed by its Press and Public Affairs Officer, Mr Rob
Fitzpatrick, the commission said that the new system would begin on
"From Dec. 16, 2013, all applications for U.K. visa must be completed
using our online application system and paid for online in U.S.
"Payment can be made using a Verve debit card, Visa or MasterCard
credit or debit cards or the e-wallet PAGA.
"The move to online application and payment will deliver a streamlined process.
"It is consistent with a wider global trend to online transactions and
payments,'' it said.
The commission added that the new system had met the requirements of
the U.K. Government's Digital by Default Initiative.
It expressed optimism that the system would cut costs in the
management of visa operation as well as help to reduce visa fees.
The commission also said that the system would be safer for customers
as it would reduce the risk of handling large sums. (NAN)