Do I need to attend a Visa Application Centre each time I apply for a UK visa?

08 May 2024, 58 mins ago

When applying for a UK visa, a question often arises as to whether it is mandatory to attend a Visa Application Centre each time you apply. This blog shall explore the circumstances in which you would need to attend a visa centre, and when you would not.  

When applying for a UK visa, applicants are required to verify their identity as part of the visa application process. This can be done either by attending an in-person appointment at a UK Visa Application Centre, or by using the ID App. For out-of-country applications, the Home Office have outsourced this service to third-party providers TLScontact and VFS Global with visa centres located all over the world. Follow this link to find out which service provider is available in your chosen country of application. For in-country applications, the Home Office have outsourced this service to the third-party provider Sopra Steria.

If you have any of the following documents, you may be eligible to verify your identity using the ID App, which means you will not need to attend a UK Visa Application Centre:  

  • A passport with a biometric chip, from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
  • A biometric British national (overseas) (BNO), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) or European Economic Area passport if you are applying for the BNO visa
  • A Biometric Residence Permit (this is dependent on the visa you are applying for).

Biometrics registration is a key requirement for a UK visa application; without biometric information, you will not be able to make a valid application to the Home office, and your application will likely be rejected.

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