The British High Commission in Colombo has decided to close down its visa section soon and applications for visas will be diverted to its mission in Chennai, the Daily Mirror learns.
However, the High Commission in Colombo would only say there was an ongoing review in this regard.
`Once the review is finished and agreed the High Commission will announce the development,` High Commission Spokesman John Culley told the Daily Mirror yesterday.
He declined to give more details but said he hoped an announcement could be made by next month. `I cannot guarantee it, it may be by September,` he said.
Meanwhile, a diplomatic source told the Daily Mirror yesterday that the all local visa related matters would be handled by a private company named Visa Facilitation Service (VFS) at Duplication Road in Colombo, which handles visa operations for several other countries as well.
The reason for closing the British visa operation in Colombo is yet to be ascertained.
Currently the Colombo High Commission is receiving a large number of visa applications everyday.
It is also learnt that a large number of British officials are attached to the visa section of the High Commission.