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Cayman Islands Government

First Biometric Clinic

(From L) DHL's Area Sales Manager Rob Brown, Customer Service Agent Esther Rackley and Sales Manager Mark Woollard; Governor's Staff Officer Andy Holbrook and CSC's Account Executive Alexandra Stanley at the first biometric clinic conducted by the UK Border Agency, facilitated by the Governor's Office at Smith Road Centre on Tuesday, 27 July.

The United Kingdom Government unveiled a new service on Tuesday, 27 July, eliminating the need for UK visa applicants from Cayman to travel to Jamaica.

The first mobile biometric clinic that was held in the lobby of Smith Road Centre captured data from 49 applicants.

Organised by the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) and facilitated by the Governor's Office, the one-stop clinic was run by UKBA's commercial partner for the Americas Region, CSC.

Also, DHL was on hand to courier the documents to the British High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica.

Biometrics 1:</strong>CSC Jamaica Biometrics Operator Christina Vassil (left) captures an applicant's finger-printing data.

The 48 appointment holders and one walk-in included members of the Cayman Islands cricket team who are headed to Italy for a tournament. The main nationalities assisted were Indians and Jamaicans, according to Governor's Staff Officer Andy Holbrook.

An applicant from India commented, "This is really helpful. It saved me money from having to travel to Kingston to keep the appointment for a UK visa."

The clinic is to be provided on the last Tuesday of every month at the same venue on Smith Road in George Town. The next clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, 31 August. The fee is US$150 per applicant.

Persons wishing to attend the clinic are required to apply online by visiting www.visa4UK.fco.gov.uk and then book a biometric clinic appointment by visiting www.visainfoservices.com.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Bina Mani