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

Post by KathyR » Fri May 22, 2020 12:39 pm

The message on the official website has changed: https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/flash-message- ... sageId=950

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Post by irfanzafar » Sun May 24, 2020 9:11 pm

I submitted online applications (myself & wife) for Citizenship, paid fee and uploaded all documents. We were given dead line for Bio-metrics till 29/05/2020. But soon after bookings were stopped. So hopefully we will be able to book our appointment whenever they resume service without any additional costs. It is quite stressful situation but there is no other way around.

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Post by rozearo » Thu May 28, 2020 1:23 am

Recent announcement: UKVCAS Service Status - Reopening
Following government guidelines and Public Health England advice on COVID-19, UKVCAS, in conjunction with UKVI, will begin a controlled, phased re-opening of Service Points from 1 June 2020.

The government’s response to COVID-19 has meant that many customers who had an existing appointment, prior to the suspension of the service, have had their appointments postponed. With the agreement of UKVI, we will be sending all those customers an email explaining the next steps they need to take to rebook their appointment. If you are in this group and have not already received an email, you may receive one soon. We ask that you continue to check this registered email address for updates.

Unfortunately, if you did not have an existing appointment, prior to the suspension of the service, you will not be able to book an appointment at this time. Please be assured that every customer is important to UKVCAS and we will be reviewing the new approach regularly to assess when we are able to open bookings for all customers. For the latest information on implications for your Visa application, please check UKVI’s Immigration Guidance at GOV.UK

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

Post by zamanam » Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:45 pm

Any update on this when are they opening appointments for those who don't have existing appointment but have already applied for ILR

Thanks

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

Post by Zimba » Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:11 am

zamanam wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:45 pm
Any update on this when are they opening appointments for those who don't have existing appointment but have already applied for ILR

Thanks
This is the British citizenship subforum not ILR :!:
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Re: **** COVID19 Biometrics appointments and UKVCAS ***** (Discuss here ONLY)

Post by zamanam » Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:46 pm

Sorry I thought its ILR.

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Post by Imane » Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:39 pm

Hello,

Any news as to when centres will be open to those who didn’t book an appointment? I have emailed them but did get a generic response and as usual with no useful information or proper direct answer...
did anyone call them?

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Post by Sirjameso » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:26 am

Hi All,

I received the standard HO email (below) on 10th June.

Dear MR XX,
Case ID: XXXXXXXX
Thank you for your application to the Home Office. Your application has been received and is being considered.
It may take up to six months to make a decision on your case. If we are unable to process your application within six months we will tell you as soon as possible.
Our web page contains further information on our service standards and other information which may relate to your application.
Please note that this is an automated response confirming receipt of your application and does not accept responses. Please do not reply to this email.
If there is a change in your circumstances, we kindly ask that you only contact us using this link: https://www.gov.uk/change-circumstances-visa-brp
Permanent migration team



I assumed you only get this after completing your Biometrics at UKVCAS. Considering I submitted my application on the 5th June and got this email on Monday evening and not able to yet do the biometrics, has the HO changed their process due to Corona Virus issues?

I must stress I have uploaded all the relevant docs on the UKVCAS website.

Thanks

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

Post by CR001 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:29 am

Sirjameso wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:26 am
Hi All,

I received the standard HO email (below) on 10th June.

Dear MR XX,
Case ID: XXXXXXXX
Thank you for your application to the Home Office. Your application has been received and is being considered.
It may take up to six months to make a decision on your case. If we are unable to process your application within six months we will tell you as soon as possible.
Our web page contains further information on our service standards and other information which may relate to your application.
Please note that this is an automated response confirming receipt of your application and does not accept responses. Please do not reply to this email.
If there is a change in your circumstances, we kindly ask that you only contact us using this link: https://www.gov.uk/change-circumstances-visa-brp
Permanent migration team



I assumed you only get this after completing your Biometrics at UKVCAS. Considering I submitted my application on the 5th June and got this email on Monday evening and not able to yet do the biometrics, has the HO changed their process due to Corona Virus issues?

I must stress I have uploaded all the relevant docs on the UKVCAS website.

Thanks
It does clearly state that it is an automated message and many receive it. Nothing has changed in the process and you will still need to do biometrics.
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Post by Sirjameso » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:37 am

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It does clearly state that it is an automated message and many receive it. Nothing has changed in the process and you will still need to do biometrics.
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Thank you, That was a swift response. I tried to delete the post after re-reading the info but you were quicker to respond.

Have a good day. :)

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Post by alisattar09 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:02 am

I am looking to make an online application to apply for naturalisation. Should I still wait since due to COVID19 UKVCAS isn't giving any biometric appointments to the new applicants OR that situation has changed now and they are giving appointments to new applicants?

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

Post by Zimba » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:00 am

alisattar09 wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:02 am
I am looking to make an online application to apply for naturalisation. Should I still wait since due to COVID19 UKVCAS isn't giving any biometric appointments to the new applicants OR that situation has changed now and they are giving appointments to new applicants?
You can apply online and wait until UKVCAS opens the slots in their next phase.

https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/flash-message- ... geId=74833
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Post by Pazol Azel » Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:20 am

Hello,

I have (like every morning) just tried to log in to the UKVCAS website to check if new biometrics appointments can be booked. I think I can manage to log in, however I'm getting an error message saying "Unauthorised - Please login and try again".

I submitted my online application for naturalisation on 15th April and I was advised to attend the biometrics appointment by 17th June, after which they would send me a reminder (which I have not received yet).... Of course I could not even book the appointment due to the covid situation, but I am wondering if the error message is related to my deadline of the 17th June?...or is it just a temporary glitch in the system ?

Could anyone please advise?
Thank you

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

Post by Pazol Azel » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:29 am

Pazol Azel wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:20 am
Hello,

I have (like every morning) just tried to log in to the UKVCAS website to check if new biometrics appointments can be booked. I think I can manage to log in, however I'm getting an error message saying "Unauthorised - Please login and try again".

I submitted my online application for naturalisation on 15th April and I was advised to attend the biometrics appointment by 17th June, after which they would send me a reminder (which I have not received yet).... Of course I could not even book the appointment due to the covid situation, but I am wondering if the error message is related to my deadline of the 17th June?...or is it just a temporary glitch in the system ?

Could anyone please advise?
Thank you
Now it got even weirder: I can log in and select the UKVCAS centres. For some centres I can't see any appointment and I only get the "Unauthorised - Please login and try again" message. For other centres I can see the dates (no appointment available anyway) but as I scroll across to the latest dates I still get the error message. Is anyone else experiencing the same?

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

Post by Fendi » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:42 am

Getting the same message. Think it is a system error.. my deadline is sometime in August so don’t think this is specific to your account.

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Post by londuk1 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:56 am

Fendi wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:42 am
Getting the same message. Think it is a system error.. my deadline is sometime in August so don’t think this is specific to your account.
I get the same message, I think the system is down as I cant upload documents too.

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Post by dogcat » Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:12 am

Same here. :evil:

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Post by rozearo » Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:44 pm

Updated: 19 June 2020 from:
https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/flash-message- ... geId=74833

Making progress

We’re doing everything we can to offer as many appointments to as many people as possible. From Monday 22nd June 2020 onwards, we’ll be releasing more appointments, adding new service points and opening the booking system to more customers in phases based on registration dates.

Taking a phased and organised approach

In order to be fair to everyone, we are now opening up the booking system in date order starting with people who registered with UKVCAS before the 27th March but did not have an appointment. We are working from the earliest to the most recent registrations as we think this is the fairest and best approach to take. If you are one of these customers, you will have an email from us on the 21st or 22nd of June asking you to book an appointment. The email will have full instructions about next actions.

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Post by adatitan » Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:22 pm

londuk1 wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:56 am
Fendi wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:42 am
Getting the same message. Think it is a system error.. my deadline is sometime in August so don’t think this is specific to your account.
I get the same message, I think the system is down as I cant upload documents too.

Do you have an appointment?
I submitted my application but I can not upload any documents. I think after submission we need to book appointment first and then upload documents. Is that right?

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Post by londuk1 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:27 pm

adatitan wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:22 pm
londuk1 wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:56 am
Fendi wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:42 am
Getting the same message. Think it is a system error.. my deadline is sometime in August so don’t think this is specific to your account.
I get the same message, I think the system is down as I cant upload documents too.

Do you have an appointment?
I submitted my application but I can not upload any documents. I think after submission we need to book appointment first and then upload documents. Is that right?
I dont have an appointment but I have upload like half of my documents. You can upload everything and just wait for the appointment system to open for you.

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Post by londuk1 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:58 pm

rozearo wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:44 pm
Updated: 19 June 2020 from:
https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/flash-message- ... geId=74833

Making progress

We’re doing everything we can to offer as many appointments to as many people as possible. From Monday 22nd June 2020 onwards, we’ll be releasing more appointments, adding new service points and opening the booking system to more customers in phases based on registration dates.

Taking a phased and organised approach

In order to be fair to everyone, we are now opening up the booking system in date order starting with people who registered with UKVCAS before the 27th March but did not have an appointment. We are working from the earliest to the most recent registrations as we think this is the fairest and best approach to take. If you are one of these customers, you will have an email from us on the 21st or 22nd of June asking you to book an appointment. The email will have full instructions about next actions.
That is not good news for me since I applied a few days ago. Do you know if this process applies only to free appointments? What about the premium service in London that you can book on the weekends and out of hours for £275? I am sure there wont be the same demand as for the free ones so they should release these slots for everyone.

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Post by on_the_contrary » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:05 pm

Is there a deadline for to the UKVCAS appointment? I'm thinking about applying now, but doing the appointment in two months or so.. would there be any issues with that?

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Post by londuk1 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:07 pm

on_the_contrary wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:05 pm
Is there a deadline for to the UKVCAS appointment? I'm thinking about applying now, but doing the appointment in two months or so.. would there be any issues with that?
Yes there is. I applied two days ago and I have a deadline to attend the appointment by 19 of August.

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Post by dogcat » Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:56 pm

Mine is 19th Aug too.
I think they might need to extend that.

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Post by Pazol Azel » Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:18 pm

Also, from yesterday's update:

Returning to normal booking processes

We’re making changes to our systems this weekend so we can return to normal booking processes. These
changes will enable us to offer appointments to customers who have not previously booked with us.
Customers who have had access to the online booking system up to the 20th June have
been sent an email (to their registered email address) explaining what this means for them and outlining
next steps
.

Please check your email inbox as this explains the impact on you in more detail. The email subject line is;
Upcoming changes – book your appointment now’ or ‘UKVCAS -limited re-opening in Devolved
Administrations
’.


I have had access to the booking system up to the 20th June and I have not been sent any email... :?

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