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British Embassy Manila Announcement on Student Visas | Immigration Matters

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With Effect 14 May 2008, Student applicants no longer need to submit a Student Questionnaire as part of the requirements in applying for a student visa.

With effect 30 April 2008, payment of visa fees can now be made through Standard Chartered Bank, RCBC/RCBC Savings, PhilTrust Bank and PBCom ATMs and through Bancnet online. Please refer to the Fees page for details.

The British Embassy accepts on line visa applications for all categories of UK visas. Links to the service is available on this page and our commercial partner’s website.

All applying for a UK visa must lodge their application through the British Embassy – Manila’s commercial partner, VFS Philippines Services Private Inc. at Unit 2501-2502, 25th Floor Phil. AXA Building, 1286 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue cor. Tindalo Street, Makati City 1200.

All visa applicants, irrespective of nationality, will have to apply in person to the Visa Application Centre (VAC) and have their fingerscans and digital photograph taken.

With effect from 01 September 2007, A new student visitor category will be introduced for short term students who wish to study in the UK for six months or less but who do not wish to take part-time employment or seek an extension to their student visitor leave; visitors will no longer be allowed to enter the UK to undertake a course of study. Please note that the new category only applies to applicant over the age of 18. For further details please see Guidance on Students .


As there is no certainty that a visa can be issued, applicants and sponsors are advised not to buy any air
ticket if delay or refusal of the visa application will result in financial loss.

No cell phones, bags including ladies handbags will be permitted inside the Visa Section of the British Embassy.
These items must not be brought inside the Embassy premises and should not be left with 2nd or 15th floor
guards or at the reception desks. Any person trying to bring these items will be refused entry to the Embassy.
Applicants who need to visit the Visa Section should bring some photographic identity other than their passport
or credit cards.

Beware of touts or “fixers”. They will take your money but no matter what they promise they cannot guarantee
you a visa. All cases involving touts or illegal operations will be passed to the Philippine authorities for whatever
action they consider appropriate.

The Honorary Consuls do not provide a visa service.

The Consular section of the Embassy does NOT deal with visa matters. Please go to the Consular page for
general information on the Consular Section.

THE UKVAC contact details are:

VFS Philippines Services Private Inc.

Unit 2501 –2502

25th Floor Phil. Axa Building

1286 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue cor. Tindalo Sts.

Makati City 1200



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09:00 – 15:00Monday – Friday

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08:00am – 08:00pmMonday – Friday

08:00am – 6:00pmSaturday

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One Response to “British Embassy Manila Announcement on Student Visas”
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  1. Anthony Ruanto says :

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Good afternoon.

    I am Anthony Ruanto, a future student visa applicant. I would like to inquire about the requirements needed from the bank as needed for the show money. Also, please include the requirements for the application of student visa.

    Your response will be truly appreciated. Thank you very much and God bless you.

    Very respectfully yours,

    Anthony Ruanto

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