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Foreign & Commonwealth office
These are Britain’s diplomatic service and represent the UK government overseas. They are made up of 14,400 people working in over 170 countries. Around one-third of the workforce is made up of British civil servants and two-thirds is employed locally by our embassies and posts.

Passport office
Identity and Passport Service (IPS)
The Identity and Passport Service is responsible for issuing UK passports and for administering the civil registration process in England and Wales. It is an executive agency of the Home Office.

USA Esta
International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. All eligible travelers who wish to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorisation and then pay the fee.

Indian Visa
The India Visa Application Centre is officially authorised by the High Commission of India, London to accept applications for all categories of visa except Emergency cases or Diplomatic/Official visas and to return processed passports back to the applicants.

Chinese Visa
This is a link to the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre – once on the site select your region from the map.

Australian Visa Esta
The purpose of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is to ‘enrich Australia through the well managed entry and settlement of people’ it is this department that manages Visa applications for Australia.