Same Day Visa Appointment FAQs

We are asked many questions from new clients regarding assistance with a visa application and getting their visa through the same day visa appointment service offered by the Home Office Premium Service Centres.

Below is a list of the most common questions relating to getting your UK visa fast through same day visa service

Q. Do I have to attend the appointment?

A. Currently all applicants which includes child applicants and partners must attend the Home Office Premium Service Centre. The main reason you have to attend is for the Home Office to take a new set of Biometrics to compare with their records and to add these new Biometrics results to your visa. Note: as of March 2012 all visa applications inside the UK including settlement will require Biometrics to be taken.

Q. I’ve had my Biometrics taken already, do I have to have them taken again?

A. Yes every time you apply for a visa you will have to have your Biometrics taken. This ensures the Border Agency know that the same person is applying to avoid fraud and also to cross reference their details with their databases.

Q. Is my visa stamped in my passport?

No. Your visa is now in the form of a Biometrics card otherwise known as a Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP). The Home Office don’t issue these cards at the PSCs during your same day visa appointment. They are sent by private courier usually within 3-7 days of the appointment.

Q. Will I receive my visa that day?

A. No. You will receive an approval letter from the Home Office which you can use for proof of status for your employer. You generally can’t enter the country with an approval letter so you will have to wait for your card to arrive in the mail. Most of our clients receive their cards 3 days after their same day visa appointment.

Q. How do I pay the Home Office?

A. Same day visa and ILR applications now require payment to be made at the time of booking the appointment.

Q. How long do I have to be at the same day visa appointment that day?

A. same day visa Applications are usually processed in 1-3 hours depending on factors such as complexity and number of family members.

Q. Will a representative be attending with me?

A. A representative for WM Immigration will always be with you. They will meet you at the entrance of the PSC.

Q. Can’t I just apply by mail?

A. You can certainly apply by mail but many people use the same day visa appointment service due to the many advantages it offers. These are:

  • No long waiting for your application which can take 2-4 months by mail
  • You can start work sooner once you have your visa approved through same day visa appointment service
  • You can apply for jobs sooner. Employers aren’t keen on interviewing someone who has “Application pending ” immigration status.
  • You don’t risk having to leave the country if your visa is refused. You can correct the issue and reapply. If you mail your application and it comes back refused after your visa expires you have to leave the country and will have a refusal on your immigration history.
  • If you mail your application and receive a refusal then the visa category closes or rules change such as the Tier 1 PSW then you can’t reapply.

Q. Why are the Home Office fees higher for same day service?

A. The Home office have to pay for the additional staff and associated costs with processing your same day visa quickly.

Q. Can my family attend with me?

A. Yes if they are also applying for a visa they will have to attend and can attend with the same appointment provided we are notified beforehand. If your family are not applying it is a better idea for them to stay at home as PSCs are not always that family friendly with no food services or TVs to keep them entertained. Though if you have no child care in place or other reasons you can bring your dependents along even if they are not applying.