close menu

The UK’s in-country visa application process is about to change

by John Dunn | Nov 26, 2018
  • The way you apply for a visa extension, settlement or citizenship within the UK is changing. The new system aims to make the process quicker, easier and more secure for applicants.
    Passport-travel

    In November, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) launched a new system for visa applications made from within the country. There is a new, online, application process as well as the opening of new Visa and Citizenship Application Service (VCAS) centres across the UK.

    Over the coming months, the majority of paper application forms will be done away with and applications for permanent settlement or indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK must already be done online. By 30 November, all 57 VCAS centres will be open. The new centres will offer both free and fee-based services.

    What’s changing for applicants

    Under the new system, all visa categories will require a biometric appointment. The most notable change, and most welcome, is that you’ll be able to submit digital copies of most of your personal documents. These can either be uploaded online with your initial application or scanned at your appointment at a VCAS centre.

    Have a question about the new application process?

    Which UK visa applications are eligible for the new service?

    The new system is currently not available to all applicants yet. At present, only certain applications will have the option to use the new system.

    From 21 November, all indefinite leave to remain or settlement applications must be submitted online. All other applications will still be allowed to submit paper forms until further notice. If you are unsure of whether you need to submit your application online or by post, get in touch with our immigration advisors for assistance.


    If you have any questions about making an application for an extension, settlement or citizenship within the UK, contact our immigration experts on immigration@sableinternational.com or +44 (0) 20 7759 5330.

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

    • recruitment
      The UK reveals its new skills-based immigration system for EU and non-EU nationals
      Jan 22, 2019  |  by John Dunn
    • London-flag
      Why so many people moved to the UK in 2018
      Dec 12, 2018  |  by John Dunn
    • London-Eye
      Four of the most important things you need when moving to the UK
      Dec 12, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
    • Lisbon-castle
      The Portuguese language test for citizenship and permanent residency
      Nov 28, 2018  |  by John Dunn
    • pound-hand
      South Africans and Australians can expect to pay more for access to the UK’s National Health Service
      Oct 16, 2018  |  by John Dunn
    • School-girl
      Struggling to choose the right UK school for your child? We can help
      Oct 08, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
    • employee-hired
      UK employers are always liable for illegal foreign hires
      Sep 05, 2018  |  by John Dunn
    • plumber-electrician
      Up your pay Down Under: Plumbers and electricians needed in Australia
      Aug 16, 2018  |  by Sam Hopwood
    • CV-Hired
      Just landed in the UK? We’ll help you conquer the UK job market
      Aug 14, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
    • australia-multicolour-skyline
      An Australian visa for South Africans over 45
      Jul 26, 2018  |  by Sam Hopwood
     
     

    South Africa

    Cape Town

    Regent Square
    Doncaster Road
    Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120

    Durban

    25 Richefond Circle
    Ridgeside
    Umhlanga 4320 +27 (0) 31 536 8843

    United Kingdom

    Croydon

    One Croydon
    12-16 Addiscombe Road
    Croydon CR0 0XT +44 (0) 20 7759 7514

    Australia

    Melbourne

    9 Yarra Street
    South Yarra
    VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

    Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

    We use cookies to provide the best website experience for you. Using this website means that you agree to this. How we use cookies.