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Second UK visa
center opens in Cebu

A second visa application center of the United Kingdom has opened in Cebu City yesterday in response to the continued growth in tourism and business visitors, a press release from promoters said.

The centre was opened by British Ambassador Stephen Lillie and Jonathan Sedgwick, the UK Border Agency’s International Operations and Visas director based in London. It will be run by the UK Government’s commercial partner, VFS Global, and whose chief executive officer, Zubin Karkaria, was present at the opening rites, the press release also said.

A growing number of Filipinos are choosing to visit the UK. In 2011, there was an eight percent growth in the number of visas issued to Filipinos – and the Cebu centre will help cater to the increase in demand, the press release said.

Applications filed in Cebu will be sent to the British Embassy in Manila for processing and returned to Cebu for collection. For more information, those interested may log on to www.vfs-ph-uk.com, or www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries/philippines, the press release added.*

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