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I am from Myanmar. I will be in Belgium on 3rd October till 30 October 2014. During my stay in Belgium, I would like to visit to London for three days. Is it easy and quick to get visa from Brussels? Or can we apply by online?

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    Apply online gov.uk/apply-uk-visa – DumbCoder Sep 29 '14 at 12:31
  • You cannot apply from Belgium, as you're not resident there. – Aleks G Sep 29 '14 at 15:48
  • @AleksG I thought I remember such a rule too, but I can't find an explicit reference to it on the website. If you know one, it could be a valuable answer. – Relaxed Sep 29 '14 at 18:35
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    @AleksG, there is no such requirement to be a resident to apply for a UK visitor visa. It's misinformation. You too, Relaxed. The rules are explicitly stated on this point. – Gayot Fow Sep 29 '14 at 18:40
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Based upon what you wrote, the governing authority is Paragraph 28 of the UK immigration rules. It states in part...

An applicant for an entry clearance must be outside the United Kingdom and Islands at the time of the application. An applicant for an entry clearance who is seeking entry as a visitor must apply to a post designated by the Secretary of State to accept applications for entry clearance for that purpose and from that category of applicant.

The UK has a designated post in Belgium that can accept entry clearance applications for VISITORS, and your category is 'Visitor'. It means yes, you can apply there.

You need to apply online and take your application to a Visa Application Centre.

For your other questions: is it quick and easy? It is easy, just complete the form online, print it out, and take it to a VAC. Is it quick? No, not in your case because you are a visa-national, which means your application will probably get referred to the Super Hub in Paris and they will have to get the consulate in Myanmar to look you up. You also need a full set of biometrics (even if you already did one) to accompany your application.

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    Nice new tools available; From Brussels, for August this year, approximately 48% of all general visit visas were approved in 10 days. None took more than 30 days. – CGCampbell Sep 29 '14 at 19:24
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    @CGCampbell, indeed. It's the 'visa-begats-visa' phenomenon at work. But still best to assume there may be complications. Does it say 48% approved? Or processed? – Gayot Fow Sep 29 '14 at 19:29

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