In a welcome move, Sopra Steria - the UKVI’s partner for processing biometrics for immigration applications submitted within the UK, will be making more free appointments available from November. There have been well documented issues for migrants booking appointments and cases where they have had to pay a premium amount – up to £260 - for those with dependents it has meant paying the premium amount for each dependent and therefore added up to staggering amounts.
Also, free appointments will be available at all Sopra Steria locations apart from premium lounges. Free appointments were generally only available in city locations, which meant people have often had to travel long distances and, in some cases, staying at hotels has not been unheard of.
Finally, our representative body has advised there will be one flat fee of £125 inclusive of VAT, for chargeable appointments.
Our lawyers can of course assist with immigration applications. RLegal immigration solicitors are based in central London and deal with individuals from all parts of the world and the UK. If you would like to discuss your immigration issues you can do so by sending an email to email@example.com completing our online form or by telephoning us on +44 207 038 3980 and a member of our immigration team will respond to you.