Maldivians wishing to travel to the United Kingdom may now apply for their visas through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a limited period of time.
The Temporary Enrolment Location (TEL) will operate on the 7th and 8th of August from 9AM until 5:30PM on the first floor of the Ministry.
Prior to this, Maldivians were required to travel to the British Council in Sri Lanka for such applications.
The UK have also agreed to waive routine interviews for potential students applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa via TEL. Maldivians will also enjoy a more streamlined application process.
The Maldives was recently designated an Appendix H country by the UK, which indicate that Maldivians applying for Tier 4 visas will not be required to show evidence of finances or evidence for their English language ability.
Stating that the country recognizes the ” intellectual and cultural” contribution of students from Maldives, UK’s foreign and Commonwelath Office stated that the streamlined visa processes hopes to provide greater access to Maldivian students wishing to access the UK’s higher education system.