UK Immigration temporarily closes New Zealand biometric enrolment centre

- Posted in United Kingdom by Visa Bureauon 24 February 2011

The UK immigration will be closed until further notice to ensure the safety of customers and staff. All UK Visa  applicants with biometric appointments this week will be contacted in the next two days by phone or email. For further guidance please email

If you are applying in New Zealand please check the British Embassy in Wellington website for details of the impact on visa services and regular updates.

A state of emergency has been declared after a powerful earthquake struck Christchurch yesterday, causing widespread damage and the deaths of 65 people.

The New Zealand immigration centre in Christchurch is closed until further notice.

The 6.3 magnitude quake - classed by experts as an aftershock to last September's 7.1 quake - struck at 12.51pm New Zealand time, during the busy time of the day.

The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their  UK immigration applications to the British Embassy.