Changes to UK visa services in Finland

On 8 March 2012 the UK Border Agency will be closing their visa application centre at the British Embassy in Helsinki. This will be replaced with a visa service that will be available weekly from 8 March 2012, in partnership with WorldBridge Service.

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On 8 March 2012 the UK Border Agency will be closing their visa application centre at the British Embassy in Helsinki. This will be replaced with a visa service that will be available weekly from 8 March 2012, in partnership with WorldBridge Service.A mobile biometric clinic will be set up in Helsinki to allow customers to continue to supply their biometric information, required to apply for a UK visa, without having to travel to another UK Border Agency office outside Finland.

Using the new mobile biometric clinic will be simple. Applications can be submitted online. After the visa application fee has been paid, the option will be given to book an appointment at the biometric clinic at Hotel Scandic Marski, Mannerheimintie 10, 00100 Helsinki.

The clinic will be open every Thursday from 09:30 to 16:00. An appointment&#x;must&#x;be booked online before going to the clinic. The service will cost &#x;146.17 plus local taxes in addition to the visa application fee.A pre-addressed envelope will be supplied for the posting of the application. Passports and supporting documents will be returned, by courier, directly to the customer once a decision has been made about the application. The visa processing time for applications submitted in Stockholm or at the clinic in Helsinki will remain in line with UK Border Agency published processing times.If it is not convenient to use the clinic in Helsinki, one can apply at the free-to-use visa application centre at the British Embassy in Stockholm. If applying for a visitor visa or an EEA family permit, one can also apply at any UK visa application centre across the world.The British Embassy in Helsinki is unable to answer general enquiries about UK visas or requests for an update on your application's progress. Please contact WorldBridge Service, by email or telephone, for this information.Information provided courtesy of the&#x;UK Border Agency.