COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, February 3, 2008: The Visa Section of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka will be closed, and the High Commission will stop issuing visas from April 1. Instead, any Sri Lankans wishing to travel to the United Kingdom will have to obtain visas from the Mission in Chennai, India.
"The Colombo office will continue to issue visa application forms but the completed forms will have to be sent to the Chennai office for approval," High Commission sources said. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has also announced an increase in their immigration fees.
The British Government expects to fund its programs to improve border security in 2008. The fees for Highly Skilled Migrant T1 (General) program, popular among many migrants from the South Asian region, will be increased from 400 to 600 pounds.