No UK visa processing in Iran due to embassy closure

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The UK Border Agency announced they will no longer be processing visas at the application centre at the British Embassy in Tehran, Iran and the entire embassy will be closed until further notice.

"We have now closed the British embassy in Tehran. We have decided to evacuate all our staff and as of the last few minutes, the last of our UK-based staff have now left Iran," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The British Embassy is unable to accept or process visa applications from Iranian nationals in Tehran wishing to travel to the UK. Applications already submitted in Tehran are not currently being progressed, according to the UK Border Agency's press release dated 30 November.

Iranian applicants can submit UK visitor visa applications at any visa application centre worldwide. The UKBA suggested Iranian nationals submit their visa applications for all UK visa categories at one of the following UK visa application centres:
  • United Arab Emirates - Dubai and Abu Dhabi;
  • Turkey - Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa and Gaziantep.
The closure of the British embassy in Tehran is a result of the growing tension between the two countries following an attack on the embassy compound in Tehran on 29 November 2011.

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