Sopra Steria, the corporate partner of The Home Office, began to provide in person visa appointments within the UK for work and study visas, as well as settlement and citizenship applications, in Manchester on 9 November 2018.
Sopra Steria, there will be 6 core service centres offering free appointments, 50 enhanced service centres offering charged appointments, and 1 premium lounge.
The vast majority of the new visa application centres will be situated in local libraries. These centres will enable applicants to submit their biometric data (photographs, fingerprints and signatures) as well as lodging their supporting documentation with the Home Office in one visit.
As the continuation of modernising the immigration application process, The Home Office also introduced its new UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UKVCAS) with Sopra Steria on 2 November 2018.