I haven't heard back anything yet from either UKBA (FrontEndServicesTeam@homeoffice.gov.uk
) or to my enquiry Sopra Steria website. Basically there are two issues which we are lost at the moment. First is whether UKBA will consider payment date on their website or the actual appointment date when the biometrics will be taken via Sopra Steria. Second is how far in advance one can book an appointment with Sopra Steria. From the Sopra Steria website atleast it mentions 28 days in advance for booking an appointment. https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/help-support/o ... ppointment
I am not sure what neilajgaonkar and Avy18 think about the payment date as potential application date not the actual appointment and biometric date. As it can be seen below from official gov website,the actual premium service appointment was taken as relevant date and therefore had to fall within 28 days of completing qualifying period. Now as discussed after 29th Nov the premium centres will not exist anymore and biometrics and documents will be handled through Sopra Steria only I still think the actual appointment date is the relevant date and therefore should be within the 28 days before completing the qualifying period. It could be that instead of 45 business days Sopra Steria isn't taking appointments for more than 28 days in advance but its still not very clear. In that case one shouldn't apply until atleast 56 days before completing 10 years. The process and application format on UKBA website is still exactly the same whether its Sopra Steria appointment or Premium Service Centre. When you book an appointment at PSC you still have to complete the application for and pay the fees in advance of actual appointment date which could be 45 business days ahead of payment date. Therefore if the below was applicable on PSC appointments it should be the same for Sopra appointments. The biometrics and evidence were still taken on the appointment day and hence it was the relevant date for application. This should be the same for new service centre appointments unless they are treating them differently now as they are outsourced privately. I doubt the application submission and payment date on UKBA website is the relevant one as t doesn't make any sense and they haven't announced any changes to previous policy for PSC. Fingers crossed anyways.
https://www.gov.uk/ukvi-premium-service ... ligibility
If you’re applying for settlement, your premium service appointment must be:
at least 48 hours after your Life in the UK test
within 28 days of you completing your qualifying period
neilajgaonkar wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:20 pm
Avy18 wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:42 pm
I am using a new system UKVCAS I will be eligible for ILR long term as on 26/11/2018.
I made a premium service appointment for 27/11/2018 at Manchester.I made a payment and book apointment on 10/11/2018.
However today I received an email from HO saying thanks for your application they have received it and will be considered.
I am very worried if they considered it from 10/11/2018. I will not be eligible.
Paid approx £3000. No one seems to know whats going on.
I think Avy18 response answers everyone's question, if you pay the fees and submit the form online, it is considered as 'Application made'. Now the caseworker will wait for documents to arrive and biometrics to be be done before making a decision which happens only after appointment date. In this case the date of application will be date of payment completed. 45 day rule was for appointment only. You never made an application before appointment date so the problem never came up. But the new system works akin to the old postal system. So be careful. @Avy18 I suggest you include a cover letter explaining the situation to the caseworker, it will work in your favor since it is a new system. Good luck!