Online appointment system for visa applications
Starting from 19 September 2016, all visa applicants are required to book their appointments through our FREE online system.
Please note every applicant must book a separate time slot. For example, a family of 5 has to book 5 time slots if they all want to apply for a visa. Families and groups may book different time slots on one day, but will be interviewed within one time frame if possible.
Once you have made an appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your reference number, date and time of your appointment.
Please be on time for your scheduled appointment. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted.
We recommend you read the information below carefully in order to be fully prepared for your appointment.
If you do not have all the required documents with you on your appointment, you will have to schedule a new appointment through the online system.
All applications must be submitted in person.
If you wish to cancel your scheduled appointment, you will have to wait 24 hours after cancellation until the system allows you to book a new appointment.
Online appointment system
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