FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918

On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of the First World War, on 11th November 1918, the British Honorary Consulate in Bhutan would like to extend its sympathies to the families all over the world of the more than nineteen million soldiers and civilians who died in that War. Bhutan was most fortunate in that the First World War had minimal impact on the Kingdom; however many thousands from our neighbouring countries in South Asia were casualties of that War. The First World War changed the World we live in, and we live with its effects today, even in Bhutan

 

 
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP

Apply Now for a 2017/18 CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP
The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarships and some Chevening Fellowships via www.chevening.org/apply from

8 August until 8 November 2016. (NOTE THE CLOSING DATE!!)

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers financial support to study for a master’s degree at any UK university and the opportunity to become part of an influential global network of 46,000 alumni. Continue Reading →

UK visa application centre to open in Thimphu

The UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) at Thimpu will open on Monday 16 May 2016. This is the first time customers will be able to apply for their UK visas in Bhutan instead of needing to travel to India.

The VAC will be located at:
Etho Metho
Thimpu Plaza
5th Floor, Chang Lam Thimpu
Kingdom of Bhutan

The VAC will be open Monday to Friday – timings: 09:00 – 14:00.
Customers wishing to use this new VAC will need to pay an extra charge of £55 on top of the cost of the visa. This charge, along with the visa fee, will need to be paid for when the application is submitted online. All visa decisions will be made in Delhi and will be processed within UKVI’s global 15 working day service standard. Customers needing a UK visa urgently will still be able to apply for them in Kolkata or Delhi and use the priority or super priority visa services if eligible.

Customers can make use of number of user pay services at the VAC including:

  • Walk-in Appointments – for customers who need to travel urgently or who have missed their appointment
  • Online Payment Assistance –where customers can pay for their visa by cash at the VAC, using VFS Global’s credit card to make the online payment.
  • Certification – customers can keep hold of their original documents using this service. They need to bring original documentation to the VAC to show VFS staff, who then photocopy the documents to send off with their applications
  • Get it Right Service - Customers who have completed and printed their application form can pay an additional fee to have the documents checked by VFS staff before it is sent to UKVI for processing.

For more information on the new VAC and the costs of the user pay services go to -www.vfsglobal.co.uk/Bhutan/

Announcement

Immigration update on recent immigration and visa changes have been announced recently in the following areas:

• Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) - UKVI is rolling out BRPs to applicants applying for entry
clearance for more than six months. When these changes are in force, scholars will be issued with a 30
day travel vignette to travel to the UK, and they will then need to pick up their BRP at a specified post
office within ten days of arrival. This is being implemented for Bhutan on 15th April, 2015
 English language tests - UKVI has issued a new list of Secure English Language Tests (SELTs), however
universities can choose their own method of assessing the English language ability of students, and can
use their discretion to accept alternative English language tests. Scholars should contact their universities
to check what they accept, and take a test which is accepted by both Chevening and their university.
 Immigration health surcharge - From 6 April 2015, anyone coming to the UK for more than six
months will be subject to an additional charge as part of the application process, this is to allow access to
the National Health Service. The costs for Chevening Scholars are being covered centrally and they will still
be able to apply for their Tier 4 visa gratis.

UK Visa

Note that requirements for documentation in support of your application must be followed precisely. Specially note that:

a. All bank statements (EVERY page) MUST be printed on Bank headed paper carrying the Bank Logo and stamped at the bottom (of EVERY page) with the Bank Seal. Bank statements must cover a continuous period of three months, and must not be dated more that 28 days before the date of submission of your application. If you are funding your visit yourself, sufficient funds to cover your travel, accommodation and maintenance must have been present in your Bank.

b. All letters of invitation, letters confirming scholarships and financial arrangement, etc, MUST be submitted as originals. Scanned or photocopies documents are NOT accepted. If you have confirmed admission for studies at a UK university, they will provide you with a CASS Statement (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies). You need to enter your CASS number on your Student Visa Application Form. You do NOT need to submit the CASS statement itself. The CASS statement should include details of any scholarships, fees paid, etc.

c. Make sure you download and complete the correct Visa Application Form from the website.

d. The appropriate visa fee MUST be paid online by Credit or Debit Visa or Mastercard. It CANNOT be paid in cash or by bank transfer.

Note that holders of Bhutanese Diplomatic Passports travelling on official business, confirmed by a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, do not have to pay a visa fee.