ETW STAFF – New Delhi
In a recent communication to Guldeep Singh Saini, president, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Sir James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India has confirmed that there will be no visa bond scheme. “This decision comes on the back of a number of new measures to make the UK visa service even better for Indian travellers to the UK. As well a range of new services for business, we have introduced new measures to benefit other visitors,” mentioned Bevan. He stated that the same day visa has proved so successful and popular in Delhi and Mumbai, and has been extended to the third visa processing office in Chennai. “Also in Chennai, we have decided to pilot a passport passback system. This service will allow applicants to keep their passport while their visa is being processed. This means they can travel or apply for another visa if they need to, reducing the time it takes to get two visas. I am sure these steps will be seen as good news by you, your members and all Indian visitors. You all remain most welcome in the UK,” added Bevan.