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Thursday, 22 March 2018

AFF - Visa Success

AFF celebrates visa success on behalf of F&C Army families

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted that after five years of lobbying on their behalf, Foreign & Commonwealth (F&C) Army families should now find the process of applying for a visa to enter the UK much easier and fairer, thanks to the addition of an 'Armed Forces' option on the form.

Change needed
Since 2013, when the new Armed Forces immigration rules came into effect, all non-EEA family members of soldiers wishing to apply for a visa to enter the UK have had to use an online form.

Unfortunately, the form didn't have an option to apply as the spouse of a soldier, which created a number of problems.

Tackling unfair disadvantage
AFF has fought tirelessly for this to be changed and is pleased to learn that the form has now been updated to include an Armed Forces option.

AFF's Foreign & Commonwealth Specialist Katherine Houlston, who deals with Army families' visa related queries and concerns, said:

"This is a positive change for families and a great success for AFF. This should now mean less confusion over what type of visa applicants should select, which will lead to fewer rejected applications. Families should now find that completing the form is a much simpler process."

The charity, who last year dealt with over 2,000 F&C enquiries, 67 per cent of those relating to visas, says that the vital difference to families is that they will no longer have to pay the immigration health surcharge upfront and then wait months for a refund.

Find out more
All new visa applicants should now submit their applications via www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk.

To find more about AFF's work in support of F&C families, visit their brand new website, aff.org.uk.

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