Transcript of video message of British Ambassador Stephen Lillie on the opening of the new UK Visa Application Centre in Cebu, Philippines:
“Hello! I’m Stephen Lillie, British Ambassador to the Philippines. Welcome to the Visa Application Centre here in Cebu. If you’re planning a visit to the UK and you live in the Visayas or Mindanao, you may find that this is the best place, the most convenient place for you to make your Visa application. Increasing numbers of Filipinos visit the UK and with good reason. For the tourists, we have fantastic heritage, historical sites, beautiful countryside but also some of the most vibrant cities with great culture, great night life and of course fantastic shopping.
For the student, we have some of the world’s most historic and the world’s best universities and we’re an international business hub. Our companies are leaders across a whole range of sectors, in Architecture or IT, in Finance or Fashion, in Aerospace or Automotive.
Britain is genuinely open for business and we’re open to visitors, tourists, students from the Philippines. We want to make the Visa application process as convenient as possible. We have Visa Application Centres here in Cebu and in Manila. We have a Priority Visa service that allows you to get your Visa within two-three days on payment of an extra fee. We have Saturday opening in Manila.
For more information on all these services, you can visit VFS’ website and for information on applying for a UK Visa, you can visit the website of the UK Border Agency or UKBA.
We hope to see you in Great Britain very soon, thank you!”