New in-country visa application system

It has now been officially announced that from November 2018 UK Visas and Immigration (”UKVI”) is introducing a new application process for in-country applications.


According to the UKVI, the new service “will offer a range of benefits to customers, including a streamlined online journey for most application types, a modernised, digital and more secure process of submitting documentary evidence, fast and convenient self-service, more flexible on-demand, mobile application services and enhanced support for vulnerable customers.


The UKVI’s new partner Sopra Steria will have their appointment booking tool live as of 2nd November 2018. During the period from 9th November to 30th November 2018, the majority of applicants will have a choice between applying using a new or existing visa application process. After 29th November 2018 Premium Service Centres will be closed.


As for the new system, having submitted an application online, applicants will be required to book an in-person appointment at one of the new UK visa centres in order to provide their documentary evidence and biometrics (fingerprints and facial photograph). The new UK VCAS centres will start opening from 9th November 2018.


Should you have any questions regarding the new submission process please do not hesitate to contact us.


Please note that the information on this page is for general purposes only and is not intended to replace legal advice.

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