Veda’s visa for the UK

11.11.2011 is Remembrance Day for the over 17,000,000 people who lost their lives in the First World War.  It is also a date that Veda won’t forget in a hurry.

We applied for his UK visa on the 3rd November and it was issued on the 7th November so we went to pick it up on Friday 11.11.  It is good to see that the UK consular division work slightly better the Belgian one, who took 6 months to end up refusing his visa because he was studying in Germany and not Belgium.

We will now be able to celebrate Christmas in the traditional English style with my family, quite a big new adventure forVeda and a chance to see another European country during the week between Christmas and New Year.

Visa4UK ripoff

I’ve just been looking at the cost and work involved to get Veda a visa for the UK.

You can do it online: good

They require your biometric data: bad!  Not ‘bad’ because it does prevent fraud but you have to go to Brussels to have you fingers scanned and a digital photo of you face.  No problem BUT you have to do this every time you apply for a visa and it costs 124€ on top of the visa application fee. Continue reading