UK Visas update
Whilst we are still locked down in the name of a global pandemic, it is important that visa applicants remain updated with the latest changes/updates to all aspects surrounding visa applications. These updates were released on 13th November 2020.
UKVCAS points and Service Points
Whilst the UK is in a national lockdown, certain essential services continue to operate. This includes asylum and immigration services such as UKVCAS points and SSCs that will stay open. This means that visa customers can still submit their biometric information for their application whilst in lockdown and in a COVID-19 friendly environment.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) are working to ensure that visa customers can get appointments on demand at their desired appointment site at a rate pre-COVID-19. So far, the presence of appointments has increased by 17% and this percentage is due to increase during the month of December.
Visa applicants are advised to plan by keeping updated with the appointments released 28 days in advance by UKVCAS. They must also remember that their immigration status will not be affected whilst their applications are still being processed and determined.
Visa Application Centres (VACs)
Unfortunately, the pandemic has caused 21 VAC closures. Individuals are encouraged to keep updated with the opening or closure of more VACs and which ones are currently shut.
This has also affected the service provided by VACs, whereby services are operating at a limited capacity. Applicants are required to bear this in mind when seeking to book appointments.
Biometric Residence Permits (BRP)
Unless arrivals from overseas must quarantine in line with government guidance for the country they are travelling from, they are advised to collect their BRP cards as soon as possible after they arrive at the UK border. Individuals who are required to self-isolate must complete their isolation period before seeking to collect their BRP cards. They will not suffer any adverse immigration consequences if they are unable to collect their BRP cards within 10 days of their arrival because they need to self-isolate.
BRP cards will be held at their stipulated collection point for up to 90 days from the start date on their vignette.
Should you have any questions regarding the above information or if you require legal assistance with your visa application, please get in touch with a professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone +44(0) 20 3318 5794.