22 May COVID-19: UK Visa and Immigration Services
COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the UK’s Visa and Immigration Service.
After nine weeks, the UK government has finally started easing the lockdown slowly and cautiously. The UKVCAS, led by Sopra Steria on behalf of UKVI, currently remains closed for the safety of its customers and staff. However, following the changes in the Public Health England guidance, Sopra has announced that they are working on plans to support a controlled and phased restart of its operations in conjunction with the UKVI. Further information will be provided in the next few weeks.
For those applicants who have an appointment scheduled, please do not attend until you are contacted by Sopra to confirm that the UKVCAS service has resumed.
All UK Visa Application Centres have been temporarily closed until further notice.
New appointments will not be able to book whilst the processing of current applications will be delayed.
In light of the current Coronavirus alert, the UK Visa Application Centres in Russia are closed until further notice. For instance: Ekaterinburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, and St. Petersburg.
Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO)
Coronavirus (Covid-19): registration services are currently suspended.
If you have an appointment you should have received a notification by email. There will be no penalty action taken against anyone who is unable to attend an appointment or book a new appointment.
Contact Our Immigration Team
For expert advice regarding any aspect of the UK visa application, please contact our immigration team on 0203 384 3075.