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Pakistan: Entry Clearances

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the convenience of the location of UK diplomatic posts in Pakistan for people submitting visa applications who have family ties with the UK. (159740)

Applicants for visas to the UK in Pakistan no longer need to travel to our High Commission in Islamabad or our Deputy High Commission in Karachi.

With effect from 27 September 2007 applicants can submit their applications and have their biometric data collected at the Visa Applications Centres run by our commercial partners—Gerry’s International (Pvt.) Ltd. located in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Mirpur. The location of these centres reflects demand for UKvisas in Pakistan, in particular from those with family ties in the UK.

Full details of the location of the offices and application procedures are available on the Gerry’s International website: www.ukvacpk.com/.