According to the VFS-Global Philippines, it will resume their services this coming Monday.
The visa application centre further reported that, “Customers who were unable to attend an earlier appointment, will be able to log into their account to book a new appointment. Customers who have completed their application on GOV.UK, but didn’t previously book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre, can do so from today.”
This means that all applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa may continue with their application which was left pending when the covid-19 pandemic hit the Philippines and a total lockdown was declared on 17 March.
Despite the resumption of operations, however, the visa application centre cautioned the UK Visa applicants to practice established covid 19 protocols, and reminded the public to follow strict rules for physical distancing.
“Your safety is our priority, so customers visiting our Visa Application Centres may be asked to observe physical distancing, undergo temperature checks or be required to wear facemasks, subject to local authority guidelines. Please note; customers must have an appointment to visit the Visa Application Centre, and we advise customers to confirm their chosen centre remains open on the day of their appointment.”
“Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius), cough or difficulty breathing will be helped to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.”
The visa application centre also noted that some of their special services will not resume since there are other remaining restrictions that are still being implemented in other countries.
“Please also be aware, that due to restrictions still in place globally, we are not currently able to offer the following services: Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa Service (visit), Priority Visa for settlement or migration Service and Walk-in services’” the VFS added
Regarding UK Spouse Visa and UK Fiancée Visa applicants with pending applications lodged with the visa application centre and are waiting for decisions, the VFS said that, “If a decision has been made on your application, and you need to collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre, we will be contacting you to arrange this.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates on this page.
“There are new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check the latest information before you travel at gov.uk/uk-border-control.”
There was no mention, however, if the Cebu branch of the VFS-Global Philippines will be opening on the same day.
Cebu City was one of the hardest hit areas in the Philippines lately as the DOH recently issued a statement saying the increase in the covid-19 patients in Cebu is “very much alarming.”