New UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services centres opening around the UK

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

On the 2nd of November, the UK Government announced that candidates applying for work, study, or settlement visas or for UK citizenship would be able to make appointments at new, modern service centres; effective immediately.

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These new, modern centres, [UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services centres (UKVCAS)] will allow applicants to submit important documentation such as biometric information, photos, fingerprints, signatures and other supporting evidence in one appointment.

This is a significant improvement on the old system, where applicants had to submit their applications and biometrics separately.

As an extra layer of protection and peace of mind for applicants, each centre will also allow customers to make digital copies of all their documentation so that all original copies can remain with the owner while their application is being processed.

The centre in Manchester is set to open on the 9th of November, closely followed with a number of other centres opening shortly after in

  • Birmingham
  • Glasgow
  • Cardiff
  • Belfast
  • Croydon

Additionally, 50 centres will be upgraded across the UK, which will be available to applicants for a small fee, and a premium lounge in London.

Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, stated, “We are committed to delivering a modern, convenient and easy to use service for UKVI customers. These new service centres located across the country are a key part of our vision for a system that supports its customers and provides peace of mind whilst they are making an application.”

Before attending one of the centres, a majority of applicants will be able complete their applications online through a new, “intuitive and easy to use system.”

This new online system is reported to be designed to make things easier for applicants; allowing them to see exactly what they need to do, which supporting evidence they will need to collect and provide, and where they will need to go in order to finish their application.

Appointments will be free and will be available for everyone, however, applicants can also buy “value services” should they need it such as ‘same day’ and ‘On Demand Services.’

7 new supplementary Service and Support Centres (SSC), will also be available to offer additional support for applicants who require extra assistance. Knowledgeable Home Office Staff will be available to help applicants better understand their situations and advise appropriate recourse.

The SSC locations are set to open January next year in the following areas:

  • Belfast
  • Cardiff
  • Croydon
  • Glasgow
  • Liverpool
  • Sheffield
  • Solihull

Talk to our OISC registered UK migration consultants to determine how these changes can affect your immigration plans.