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501. Posted by sajidali (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

6. From 4 April 2005, the UK Visa Application Centre and the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur are no longer accepting applications for Working Holidaymaker (WHM) visas. The indefinite suspension of this service in Kuala Lumpur follows a worldwide survey on the use of the WHM scheme and is due to a significant rise in demand for WHM visas. Demand is outstripping capacity and this is adversely affecting the wider entry clearance operation. No outstanding applications will be processed further. Where an application fee has been paid, this will be refunded. Find out more in our press release.

502. Posted by yapkh (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y

Dear All,

Im so upset when i read that article, It is fair if they stop accepting the application but at least continue processing the existing applications. We have been waited patiently for mths and this is wat they gonna treat us

common, this is so unfair

damn damn damn
Is this mean they are encouraging us to do it illegally

damn it

This is so stupid

503. Posted by yapkh (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y

so this mean they change the rules so that they can reject all the applicants at 1 shot

504. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting yapkh

Dear All,

Im so upset when i read that article, It is fair if they stop accepting the application but at least continue processing the existing applications. We have been waited patiently for mths and this is wat they gonna treat us

common, this is so unfair

damn damn damn
Is this mean they are encouraging us to do it illegally

damn it

This is so stupid

It's the amount of people coming in illegally that have contributed to this decision!! I can understand your frustration though.

Plus we have an election coming up and this is a topic us Brits feel strongly on, so it's probably a temporary, token effort by our government to say they are doing something about the amount of people coming here to work (from certain countries people enter with a visa and tend not to leave)!!!!

505. Posted by yapkh (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y

Well guest this might not work but still have to try hope the rest of you out there will help by forwarding this to VFS or BHC

Thanks

To whom it may concern,

I had just come across this article where BHC had suspended all the new applications for working holiday visa and it is sad to know that this decision also applied to those who had applied it way before the new rules set by BHC on Feb 1, 2005. I do believe that many of us who had applied under this scheme are disappointed with the decision make by the BHC and hoping that BHC will reconsider and reprocess those applications which had been submitted.

Put into the consideration the amount of efforts we have made before we manage to applied for the scheme and it is not easy for some of us to drop our dream to visit the UK as we have a keen interest on educating ourselves of the different world cultures and lifestyles.

Kindly do reconsider the decision

Thanks

Regards,

Mike Yap

506. Posted by ccOH (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

it's like the thunderstorm for me when I know about the new announcement that the WHV has been suspended. I dont want the refund! I just want my application to be processed!

507. Posted by danamaree (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

Could someone give me a link to this press release?

508. Posted by anada (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Quoting danamaree

Could someone give me a link to this press release?

SUSPENSION OF WORKING HOLIDAYMAKER SCHEME IN KUALA LUMPUR (04/04/05)

From Monday 4 April 2005, the UK Visa Application Centre and the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur are no longer accepting applications for Working Holidaymaker (WHM) visas.

The indefinite suspension of this service in Kuala Lumpur follows a worldwide survey on the use of the WHM scheme and is due to a significant rise in demand for WHM visas. Demand is outstripping capacity and this is adversely affecting the wider entry clearance operation.

The unprecedented number of applications for this scheme has resulted in an 18 month waiting time for interviews in Kuala Lumpur, with 1,000 applications still pending. This huge volume of applications, which now form at least 50% of the applications received each day, has adversely affected our capacity to process visa/entry clearance applications from other important categories of applicant. We have therefore had to suspend visa services to Working Holidaymakers.

This suspension will enable us to provide a more efficient and quicker service to important time-sensitive categories of applicant such as students and business visitors.

The survey on the use of the WHM scheme worldwide has also led to other changes where the scheme is still operating, for example a decision to limit total periods of work during the working holiday to 12 months.

Why have visa services been suspended?

Visa services have been suspended following a worldwide survey of usage because there has been a significant rise in the number of WHM applications at the UK Visa Application Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

This has resulted in an 18 month waiting time for interviews, with 1,000 applications still pending. This huge volume of applications has adversely affected our capacity to process visa/entry clearance applications from other important categories of applicant. It has also prevented us offering Working Holidaymaker applicants the level of service we would wish.

This suspension will enable us to provide a more efficient and quicker service to important time-sensitive categories of applicant such as students and business visitors.

What about Working Holidaymaker applications already lodged?

No applications will be processed further. Where an application fee has been paid, this will be refunded.

Customers with an application outstanding should contact the High Commission (tel: (03) 2170 2355) to arrange an appointment to collect their refund. The High Commission will be writing to each applicant individually to tell them that the Scheme has been suspended and to advise them on how to claim their refund.

New enquiries on the WHM scheme should continue to be addressed to the UK Visa Application Centre (tel: (03) 2164 9323 or 2168 8603), not the British High Commission.

Is Malaysia being singled out?

No. Visa services to Working Holidaymaker applicants have also been suspended until further notice in several other countries, for the same reasons. The suspension is not based on the race or nationality of the applicant.

When will services be restored?

The scheme is being suspended indefinitely.

Can WHM applicants prevented from applying in their country of residence apply at Posts in neighbouring countries?

No. Applications must be made in the country where the applicant is legally resident. WHM applications will not therefore be accepted at neighbouring Posts.

Why are you not suspending the scheme in other countries where the demand for the WHM scheme is much greater?

We continually monitor the impact of the WHM scheme on our visa operations worldwide. However, it has only been necessary to suspend operations in countries where there has been a significant rise in the number of applications, and where that rise has adversely affected visa operations.

Why can you not put more resources into those Posts to cope with the demand?

We cannot always meet unexpected and overwhelming surges in demand by putting in place more resources. Even if we were able to train sufficient staff, the physical size of Embassy and High Commission buildings limits the number of staff we can put in place. We have therefore had to take the decision to suspend operations at these Posts, although the decision to suspend will be subject to regular review.

Why suspend the scheme now when the number of applications at those Posts has been rising for some time?

The revised WHM scheme, which was introduced on 8 February 2005, allows us to suspend the scheme where there are operational difficulties which meet defined criteria. We have had to introduce this measure because of the unprecedented demand for the scheme in some countries, including Malaysia.

We consider that suspending the service to WHM applicants is the only way in which we can meet our service delivery targets to other applicants.

509. Posted by danamaree (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

I wonder if this will affect New Zealand and Australia.

510. Posted by mmuzamir (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

Shocked with the new regulation. But not to be sad so much about guys! heard that USA is starting to relax the immigration law and there are bountiful green cards up for grab. All the best in your quest.

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