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Saturday 02-Sep-2017
【信報】英國留學簽證災難

以前覺得辦英國留學,最繁複的是揀學校和報學校,獲學校取錄後基本上便可放鬆心情,之後都只是恆常手續。不料今年領取留英簽證多災多難,很多申請非但要跨越重重險阻,有人甚至留英夢埋門撲空。這陣子我每日起床率先check學生的簽證狀況,心情跟家長們一樣焦急如焚。

 

根據網上資料,英國留學簽證申請手續須時十五個工作天,但過往經驗快證更可五天完成,然而今年能在十五日內visa到手的都只是極少數幸運兒。有家長七月上旬申請,八月尾仍未有回音。最叫人懊惱是無直接途徑可得知申請進度,家長即使肯付費打電話或傳電郵,最終仍沒有實質答覆,查詢服務形同虛設。

 

也有家長向我反映,收到電郵要求補交明明早已遞交過的文件,更駭人聽聞是有同學再三被要求補交同一份文件,然後最終竟因「文件從未收過」 緣故被拒簽。

 


相比之下,能有驚無險,已算還得神落:不少家長忐忑苦侯護照到港通知多時,待親身前往護照中心查問,才發現護照其實已到埗經日,只是無人處理。

 

嚇到鼻哥窿無肉的例子,是同學翌日便起行,護照影也沒有,我同事十萬火急領著家長到護照中心追涉,才發現證件剛交予了郵差!家長聽罷即飛撲郵局企圖截取郵件,最終在同學出發前不足12小時拿回護照,化險為夷。

 

就是次災難,我跟英國學校簽證顧問Mark Taylor不斷跟進。據了解,英國簽證部門因近日有不少越南人赴英以讀書為名行打工之實,收緊了簽證要求,亦有指英政府削減成本,將簽證手續外判,礙於人手、經驗和資源等限制,導致錯漏百出,受災的還不止香港學生。

 

不論原因為何,我已多番敦促有關部門不能讓這次災難重演。須知三兩個星期的延誤,對一個機構可能微不足道,但對一個學生,特別是A Level的學生,損失可以非常重大。在此,我還特別想跟這段日子擔驚受怕的香港家長致歉,可憐天下父母心!即使我盡了力,在這非常時期我能提供的協助始終有限,未能分擔之處,還望大家見諒。

 



本文作者為英識教育創辦人陳思銘。

原文:
https://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/culture/article/1647956/%E7%95%99%E5%AD%B8%E7%B0%BD%E8%AD%89%E7%81%BD%E9%9B%A3

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