UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics:Written question - 271542

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Asked by Jo Stevens
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Asked on: 01 July 2019
Home Office
UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for local spikes in applications for UK Visa and Immigration biometric services by international students.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 04 July 2019

Sopra Steria Limited (SSL) deliver the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UK VCAS) on behalf of UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

UKVI are currently working closely with SSL, and in consultation with the education sector, to plan effectively for the increase in student applications in the Autumn. To manage the high volume of applications successfully, SSL plan to take the following measures:

 Increasing capacity at core and enhanced service points during the surge period
 Student-only appointment days at some service points including the Premium Lounge
 University-hosted enhanced service points
 Customised services for smaller institutions

UKVI have provided SSL with historical data based on in country demand for student applications to assist planning and will work with the education sector to extend the period for making applications.

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