New front end service for UK visa applications
The UK Home Office has announced that it will be changing its front end service for applications from within the UK. The new front end service will be very similar to the way the out-of-country applications are currently submitted.
During the course of the next months, most paper application forms will be withdrawn. Clients who are based in the UK will have to submit their applications online. Applicants will pay their visa fees and immigration health surcharge fees (IHS) online. Once these have been paid, applicants will then have the option of booking a standard postal or premium route. If applicants select the standard postal application, they will have to submit the application online. Then the applicants will have 15 working days to submit their documents to the Home Office. The biometrics invitation letter will also be released after submitting the online application which the applicant will have 15 days to enrol their biometric information.
If applicants choose to submit the application via the premium route, applicants will have to attend a UKVCAS centre in person to enrol their biometric information and hand in their documents. On the day of the appointment, the applicant will hand in their original documents which will be scanned to the caseworker and all originals documents will be returned back to the clients. The decision will then be posted/emailed to the applicant within a few days.
Front End Service Centres
The Home Office has also announced that the new front end UKVCAS centres will all be open by 30 November 2018. Sopra Steria, the commercial partner of the Home Office will manage these centres. There will overall be 57 UKVCAS centres across the UK.
New Front End Service and Breytenbachs Clients
Clients do not need to be concerned about this change-over. Breytenbachs will still prepare the full application, cover letters and checklists, and advise clients during the entire process. Fortunately, our consultants have experience with the new front-end service from out-of-country applications.
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