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Applicants: Service disruption at public enquiry offices

04 May 2012

Our public enquiry offices (PEOs) have experienced disruption over the past few weeks. We are working hard to ensure that we return to a normal service as quickly as we can.

If you have been affected by the technical problems at one of our PEOs

If you have recently attended a 'premium service' appointment at one of our PEOs and were unable to provide us with your biometric information; we will contact you today (Friday) or tomorrow to offer you a new appointment.

The new appointment we offer you wil...

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Guidance: Removing concealed blades from detainees

Updated: Updated guidance.

UK Visas and Immigration detention service order about how it takes steps to remove blades when detainees conceal them about their person to disrupt their lawful removal from the UK.

 
Applicants: ‘Apply online’ service in the UK – technical problems
 
Applicants: Child experts recruited to Family Returns Panel

25 April 2012

Child welfare experts have been appointed as full members of a panel advising the government on the removal of families found to have no right to be in the UK.

The Independent Family Returns Panel makes recommendations to us on the best method of returning individual families to their home country, ensuring the specific welfare needs of children are met.

Following an open recruitment process, Immigration Minister Damian Green has appointed 11 panel members including the chair, Chris Spencer, a former director of Education and Chi...

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Applicants: Premium service online appointment booking service in the UK unavailable
 
Applicants: Biometric enrolment appointments cancelled 23 April 2012

24 April 2012

Our online booking system for premium service applications is currently unavailable because of technical problems.

If you are applying under the postal route you can book an appointment online as normal.

If you cannot book an appointment online, please do not phone us to report this problem. We advise you to wait and try to use the service again later.

We are working to solve the technical problem as quickly as possible, and will make an announcement on this website when the service is working normally again.

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Employers: Tier 2 certificates of sponsorship allocations for 2012/13

20 April 2012

We are currently experiencing high volumes of requests from sponsors who have applied to renew their allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) for 2012-13. Processing time for requests has increased and you may experience a short delay in receiving your new allocation. We are working to keep delays to a minimum. Our aim is to have the majority of allocation requests, submitted before 6 April 2012, concluded by Friday 4 May 2012.

If you are currently sponsoring an overseas worker whose leave to remain expires on or before 4 May ...

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Employers: Online applications unavailable on Saturday 21 April

20 April 2012

Our online applications in the UK will be unavailable from 16:00 on Saturday 21 April until 10:00 on Sunday 22 April.

This is to allow us to carry out essential maintenance.

During this time the following systems will be unavailable:

  • Online points calculator
  • Online appointment booking in the UK
  • Sponsorship management system
  • Sponsorship application

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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