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Re: **** COVID19 Biometrics appointments and UKVCAS ***** (Discuss here ONLY)

Post by m_stram » Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:57 pm

Afternoon everyone!

I'm hoping I'm posting in the right place. I applied for my British Citizenship through the EU Settlement scheme this week. I've been trying to book an appointment for Biometrics and now I figured there's effectively a virtual queue thanks to COVID...

Is this virtual queue for the biometrics from the time I submitted my citizenship application or from the time I submit my documents on UKVCAS.co.uk?

And can I submit my documents online before I book an appointment? Everything is ready to go...

Many thanks in advance!

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Post by CULLINAN » Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:18 pm

m_stram wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:57 pm
I've been trying to book an appointment for Biometrics and now I figured there's effectively a virtual queue thanks to COVID...
Follow:

https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/flash-message- ... geId=74833
Is this virtual queue for the biometrics from the time I submitted my citizenship application or from the time I submit my documents on UKVCAS.co.uk?
From the date you registered an account on UKVCAS.
And can I submit my documents online before I book an appointment? Everything is ready to go...
Yes. You can submit documents to UKVI via the UKVCAS document upload page even before biometrics.
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Post by usmann » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:07 pm

Hi everyone im new to this forum i got some question regarding my ilr application and using idv app . i will realy appreciate if someone can help me.
i applied for ilr set m in may 2020 got email to reuse biometrics in august got invitatuon end of august
downloaded the app and uploaded facial image liveiness check and and travel documents .
now i need to upload all supporting documents
there are two categoris mandatory and optional documens
i need to know what documents i will upload in what category and also what to upload in proof of applicaton??
can anybody who already used app can help me plzz

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Post by m_stram » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:14 pm

CULLINAN wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:18 pm
m_stram wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:57 pm
I've been trying to book an appointment for Biometrics and now I figured there's effectively a virtual queue thanks to COVID...
Follow:

https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/flash-message- ... geId=74833
Is this virtual queue for the biometrics from the time I submitted my citizenship application or from the time I submit my documents on UKVCAS.co.uk?
From the date you registered an account on UKVCAS.
And can I submit my documents online before I book an appointment? Everything is ready to go...
Yes. You can submit documents to UKVI via the UKVCAS document upload page even before biometrics.
Thank you!

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Post by CULLINAN » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:53 pm

usmann wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:07 pm
Hi everyone im new to this forum i got some question regarding my ilr application and using idv app . i will realy appreciate if someone can help me.
i applied for ilr set m in may 2020 got email to reuse biometrics in august got invitatuon end of august
downloaded the app and uploaded facial image liveiness check and and travel documents .
now i need to upload all supporting documents
there are two categoris mandatory and optional documens
i need to know what documents i will upload in what category and also what to upload in proof of applicaton??
can anybody who already used app can help me plzz
Your passport goes in the proof of application. All other categories are generic. As long as you upload ALL your documents in whichever category you think they fit best, your fine. However, see the general generic guidance as follows:

https://www.immigrationboards.com/indef ... 96002.html

Note, in the above it mentions passport to be uploaded in the proof of identity category, but if you check passport is usually mentioned specifically in the proof of application.

Again, all categories are generic and not all apply in your case. Do not get confused with mandatory and optional categories. Just upload in whichever category as stated above.
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Post by russn » Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:02 pm

Hi everyone. I applied on 31 August, got the IDV invitation on 10 September and finished the IDV process on Friday 11 September. Hoping that all the details will actually go through to UKVI. It seems like people have been getting their decisions quite quickly these days, like within 1 month after having their biometrics done. Does it seem to be the case to everyone ?

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Post by CULLINAN » Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:41 pm

russn wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:02 pm
Hi everyone. I applied on 31 August, got the IDV invitation on 10 September and finished the IDV process on Friday 11 September. Hoping that all the details will actually go through to UKVI. It seems like people have been getting their decisions quite quickly these days, like within 1 month after having their biometrics done. Does it seem to be the case to everyone ?
Many applicants waited for a long time especially since March onwards to submit biometrics. Many submitted their documents to UKVI via UKVCAS (10th July onwards) so probably the interim processing was done even before submitting biometrics. Not sure how quick the new applications will be processed. There is still backlog for decisions. We will have to wait and see. Standard processing time can take up to 6 months. More or less depending on the individual case.
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Post by okigen68 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:24 pm

Hi all, I've just submitted my application and now registered on the Sopra Steria website. It looks like there is no appointment available and instead I should wait for the IDV app. Some silly questions...

1) Do I need to click any link to register for the IDV "queue"? So far all I have done is creating an account on Sopra website.

2) There is a link for "Document upload" on the Sopra website. If I upload my documents there , does it automatically link to my naturalisaton application? When registering for Sopra I didn't have to quote my application number.

Thank you so much!

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Post by CR001 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:25 pm

okigen68 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:24 pm
Hi all, I've just submitted my application and now registered on the Sopra Steria website. It looks like there is no appointment available and instead I should wait for the IDV app. Some silly questions...

1) Do I need to click any link to register for the IDV "queue"? So far all I have done is creating an account on Sopra website.

2) There is a link for "Document upload" on the Sopra website. If I upload my documents there , does it automatically link to my naturalisaton application? When registering for Sopra I didn't have to quote my application number.

Thank you so much!
1. No. You will be informed by email IF you are eligible for reuse or if you need to book an appointment.

2. Yes as you are logging into the portal.

Useful to read some of the posts in this topic too.
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Post by CULLINAN » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:43 pm

okigen68 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:24 pm
Hi all, I've just submitted my application and now registered on the Sopra Steria website. It looks like there is no appointment available and instead I should wait for the IDV app. Some silly questions...

1) Do I need to click any link to register for the IDV "queue"? So far all I have done is creating an account on Sopra website.

2) There is a link for "Document upload" on the Sopra website. If I upload my documents there , does it automatically link to my naturalisaton application? When registering for Sopra I didn't have to quote my application number.

Thank you so much!
1) As long as you have registered your UKVCAS account, you have joined the biometrics queue.

2) When you register an account with UKVCAS via UKVI “book an appointment” link, a code is sent to your registered email which is needed to register on UKVCAS. That links your UKVI and UKVCAS accounts. You do not need UAN to link your accounts.

Just upload your documents.
Also, you have an option to submit your documents directly to UKVI via the UKVCAS document upload page even before biometrics. That is the best approach to follow which may save you some processing time.

If you can not see the submit button, upload all documents first, sign out and sign in again. The submit button will appear at the end of the document upload page.
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Re: **** COVID19 Biometrics appointments and UKVCAS ***** (Discuss here ONLY)

Post by CULLINAN » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:07 pm

For all NEW applicants:
Steps to follow after completing the form online:


Step 1: Pay and submit application via UKVI.

Tip: Date of application is the date you pay and submit online, biometrics date is irrelevant.

Step 2: After payment, you will reach “further actions page.” If you click on “book an appointment,” system will reroute you to create an account on UKVCAS where you can upload your documents and book an appointment.

Tip: You are sent an access code to set up an account on UKVCAS which usually lands up in Junk folder.

Tip: Make sure you register your account on UKVCAS the same day you submit and pay for your application. This is VERY important to get in the biometrics queue.

Booking an appointment is opening up in phases. Check the UKVCAS flash message for updates.

https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/flash-message- ... geId=74833


Step 3: Booking an appointment/IDV app

Next step will be communicated to you via email; either you will be chosen to attend the biometrics appointment OR UKVI will reuse your biometrics from a previous application.

Tip: You are given a deadline to submit your biometrics on the further actions page. Since the backlog for biometrics has subsided, you should meet the deadline.

Step 4: Now you can submit your documents to UKVI via UKVCAS portal even before your biometrics. The option usually appears when you have uploaded all your documents, sign out and sign in again. The option can be found on the “document upload page” right at the bottom.

Note: You can only submit once, so make sure your documents are complete before you submit.
You will be able to add more documents via your appointment/IDV app on a later stage whatever your circumstance be.

Tip: The best approach would be to benefit from the new feature.

Note: For certain categories/cases, the CW may request for the documents to be submitted via email. It does not matter if you already have submitted via UKVCAS portal, you can still submit documents via email if requested.

Step 5: Once the process as stated above is completed, you should wait for a decision.

Tip: Be vigilant and regularly check your email as all communication for next steps will be sent via email.
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Post by hazemA » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:54 am

CULLINAN wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:07 pm
For all NEW applicants:
Steps to follow after completing the form online:


Step 1: Pay and submit application via UKVI.

Tip: Date of application is the date you pay and submit online, biometrics date is irrelevant.

Step 2: After payment, you will reach “further actions page.” If you click on “book an appointment,” system will reroute you to create an account on UKVCAS where you can upload your documents and book an appointment.

Tip: You are sent an access code to set up an account on UKVCAS which usually lands up in Junk folder.

Tip: Make sure you register your account on UKVCAS the same day you submit and pay for your application. This is VERY important to get in the biometrics queue.
Thank you for this information. Makes a lot of sense. However I registered an account with UKVCAS 3 years ago when I applied for ILR. The system recognised my old account and linked my application to it.

I am wondering if they're going by the date/time of registration for joining the queue where will mine fit in?

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Post by CULLINAN » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:03 am

@hazemA

Your fine then.
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Post by askmeplz82 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:07 pm

So you can use IDV app + in person appointment ? and you can get decision quicker ?
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Post by CULLINAN » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:08 pm

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You can go for dual submission if you like but it does NOT guarantee a faster decision. Some are still waiting who went for dual submission also. The case is processed on individual merits.
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Post by Helen123 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:51 pm

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted update you all that I received my approval today!
Applied: June 1
IDV biometrics submitted: Aug 28

I just want to thank everyone for their continued help and support! This forum helps so many people! I’m not finished yet but definitely a big step forward!

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Post by CULLINAN » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:54 pm

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Congratulations Helen123. Please can you share which email address is used to send the approval? Is it generic or CW specific email ad?
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Post by Helen123 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:08 pm

@CULLINAN

Thanks so much CULLINAN!
As far as I can tell the decision is sent from a generic email address but the email itself is signed by an individual CW.

NationalityCaseworkDecisionService@homeoffice.gov.uk

This is the address I received the decision from which included the attached approval letter!

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Post by CULLINAN » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:13 pm

Helen123 wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:08 pm
@CULLINAN

Thanks so much CULLINAN!
As far as I can tell the decision is sent from a generic email address but the email itself is signed by an individual CW.

NationalityCaseworkDecisionService@homeoffice.gov.uk

This is the address I received the decision from which included the attached approval letter!
Thank you 😊
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Post by Motherofcorgis » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:17 pm

Hi Helen123,

Did you receive a combined approval / ceremony invitation letter? I am on a similar timeline as you (applied June 20, IDV submission 30 August) so really pleased to see you got something (anything!) today.

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