UK visa application centres reopen on June 1st, 2020

Domestic UK immigration application centres

The government has announced that there will be a regulated, “phased” reopening of UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) from June 1st, 2020. For the moment, appointments will only be available to those who already had a date before the suspension took place due to COVID-19.

If the Coronavirus affected your UK visa application and you had an appointment before the UK lockdown began, you should receive an email telling you exactly how you can rebook your appointment. Once you receive this email you should rebook as soon as you can due to demand and the restricted service in place. If you had already paid for an appointment previously, you will not be charged when you rebook.

The following centres reopened on June 1st, 2020

Birmingham (Core)

Birmingham – Premium Lounge




London – Croydon (Core)

London – Premium Lounge (Mark Lane)

London – ESP (Mark Lane)

London – Victoria

Manchester Fountain Road ESP

Manchester – Costs Lounge



UK visa application centres abroad

UK visa application centres abroad are also starting to resume service. If you are applying from abroad, our team of immigration lawyers London advise that you check on the TLS or VFS worldwide web sites to find out more about the schedule of appointments for your relevant country. Additionally, please be aware that there will be a restricted service both in the UK and abroad so once you are offered an appointment do not wait around, make sure you book it as soon as possible. 

When your visa is granted, and you are allowed to travel to the UK, please note that the UK government also introduced a new 14-day quarantine rule where almost everyone arriving in the UK from June 8th, 2020 onwards will require to self-isolate for these two weeks. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice, and our team of immigration lawyers will keep you updated every step of the way.

If you have applied for a visa to visit, live or work in the UK, you will first have to have an interview as part of the application process at one of the UK’s visa application centres. We share five tips on how to prepare for your UK visa interview here.

For expert UK immigration legal advice on the current situation whether you are applying within the UK or from abroad do not hesitate to reach out to our team who can consult you in the lead up to your interview so that you are more confident on the day.

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