DUBAI - A sizeable number of Emiratis head to the United Kingdom for summers and some of them face long delays in visa processing, causing them agony and mental stress.
Considering the same high demand of UK visas, the relevant authority UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has encouraged visa seekers to apply for visas three months before they depart.
The good news for holiday goers is that the authority has confirmed the decision waiting time for standard visitor visas to have returned to normal three weeks or 15 working days.
The UKVI has stated that visa seekers would get a decision within three weeks of attending their appointment at the Visa Application Centre (VAC); the standard turnaround time also applies to transit and short-term study visas and is a major relief for the Emiratis heading to the United Kingdom.
The authority has however advised the applicants to ensure that all the relevant documents are attached with the application to expedite the decision-making process.
The citizens of UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia also enjoy the privilege of an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) and a statement carried in the Khaleej Times implied that the turnaround time for Priority and Super Priority visas have likewise normalised.
The visa delays interrupted plans of many tourists last year as the higher demand as well as passenger cap imposed by the London Heathrow airport restricted many to their homes in UAE during summers.
As far as the eligibility is concerned, one can visit the UK as a standard visitor for tourism, business, study (courses up to 6 months) and other permitted activities and can can usually stay in the kingdom for up to six months. In case you have to get private medical treatment, you can stay longer.
Another important aspect is that the applicants are not required to book any travel before they apply or before a decision is made on their application. For those who want a refund, the authority has clarified that the money will only be refunded if application processing has not begun.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 27, 2023 (Monday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||345.5||349|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||35.92||36.27|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||177.56||179.56|
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,590.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Karachi||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Islamabad||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Peshawar||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Quetta||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Sialkot||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Attock||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Gujranwala||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Jehlum||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Multan||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Gujrat||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Nawabshah||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Chakwal||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Hyderabad||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Nowshehra||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Sargodha||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Faisalabad||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
|Mirpur||PKR 204,800||PKR 2,470|
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