PRESS RELEASE: Sitel has been awarded a contract to deliver the UK Visa International and Domestic Customer Service operations. The new contract will see the transition of what has historically been two separate contracts into a single contract to deliver the International and UK service.
The Service will focus on delivering cost-effective multilingual services to provide information and support for UK and international citizens when submitting visa applications. The contract will see Sitel providing additional innovative digital and self-service capabilities that will support Government in delivering its wider objectives.
Ian Conduit, Sitel Business Development Director, said: “This is a testament to the strength of this strategic partnership and tremendous news for Sitel and UK Visa and Immigration that will provide a platform working in partnership with Government to improve user experiences in support of Visa applications into the UK.”
About the partnership (taken from the GOV.UK website)
From 1 June, all customer enquiries will be handled by a new commercial partner Sitel UK.
The new contract will see a number of changes for customers. These changes help the government reduce costs and ensure those who benefit directly from the UK immigration system make an appropriate contribution.
The main changes for customers applying from outside the UK are:
- All phone numbers and opening hours will change
- The number of languages offered is reducing to 8 including English
- Customers who contact UK Visas and Immigration by email will be charged £5.48
You will need to pay using a credit or debit card for contacting us by email. The charge includes the first email enquiry you send and any follow-up emails to and from the contact centre relating to the same enquiry.
The way you pay to use the telephone service will remain the same using a credit or debit card.
If you do not have access to a credit or debit card, you may choose to use a trusted 3rd party such as an agent or sponsor.
There are no changes to services if you are contacting us from inside the UK.