UK Visa Centre Opened in Erbil

The UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, Lord Marland and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Interior Minister, Abdul-Karim Sinjari, have officially opened the new UK Visa Application Centre in Erbil.

The opening of the centre marks the first time that Iraqis in Kurdistan are able to apply for a UK visa from Erbil and further strengthens UK-Iraq relations.

In his speech at the opening of the new centre Lord Marland said:

The new Visa Application Centre in Erbil reflects a further strengthening of the relationship between the UK and Iraq.

The ability to travel between countries is key to any prosperous relationship. In the past, If Iraqis in Kurdistan wanted to visit the UK for business, tourism or to simply meet with friends and family they had to travel to Baghdad or outside the region to obtain a visa.’’

Lord Marland was visiting Kurdistan as part of a programme that included attending the Erbil International Trade Fair.

All applications for a UK visa must be made online through the UK Visas website UK Visas Website Applicants must then make an appointment at the Erbil Visa Application Centre which is operated by Gulf Bridge at Visa Info Services

Applicants must pay an application fee of $375 per person in addition to the visa fee which varies depending on the type of visa being applied for. Visas currently take around 15 working days to be processed.

(Source: UK FCO)

9 Responses to UK Visa Centre Opened in Erbil

  1. samar whitticombe October 18, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    This is great news in building the gap and strengthen the relations between the UK and Iraq. This will lead to increase UK-Iraq trade and investment activities and supporting us as an SME

  2. Murtadha Nasralla October 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    We welcome this piece of news, we believe this will strengthen the relationship between Iraq and the UK for the benefit of two cuntires.

  3. samar whitticombe January 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    I attended the meeting at the Middle East Association (MEA) for welcoming & hosting the delegation of business people and officials from Erbil.

    As per Padraig O’Hannelly article re visas, we believe from the series of these great events that will be a development& progress and positive results for processing visas as it is costing the UK valuable business. We look for better future & relationship in 2014 for the two countries ( Iraq & UK)

  4. Maan March 8, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    Great news, this will strengthen the already good relations between Iraq& UK.I was very pleased