UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) are streamlining the way visa applications are submitted for people applying for a work or study visa, settlement or citizenship from within the UK. Under the new arrangements applicants will be able to scan their supporting documents to an online portal. Following this they would then appear at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VCAS) to have their biometrics taken. They can then leave the appointment with their passport in hand. The option to have a mobile biometrics team visit the applicants' residence for a priority fee will also be available. Key changes include:
This new service will start to launch on 5 November and appointments in some locations will be available to book from today, 2 November, when they will be launched online. Additional locations for applicants to submit their applications will become available throughout November. Appointments will be available for free, in centres located in 6 major cities. London will have an additional 50 local user-pay service centres located in libraries across the country and a user-pay premium service point in central London. As with the current visa application service there will be three main tiers of application:
During this transitional period, the majority of applicants can still choose whether to enrol their biometrics and submit their evidence via these new centres or use the existing processes, such as the Post Office.