Procedure for applying online in the UK

The following Immigration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Procedure for applying online in the UK
  • Key considerations
  • Key steps in the application process
  • Timing and problems with online form application procedures
  • Priority services
  • Submitting the form
  • Paying the application fees
  • Booking the appointment—applications not using an identity checking app
  • Applying using the identity checking app
  • Preparing the documents for submission at the appointment
  • More...

Procedure for applying online in the UK

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This Practice Note sets out the procedure for making an in-country online application to the Home Office. Since November 2018, the vast majority of applications are now made online. Such applications will generally be for:

  1. limited or indefinite leave to remain in the UK—now termed as permission or settlement in the simplified Immigration Rules categories and we have used these terms throughout

  2. registration or naturalisation as a British citizen

  3. applying under the EU Settlement Scheme (also known as the EUSS) found in the Immigration Rules, Appendix EU, or

  4. a new or replacement Biometric Residence Permit (or Biometric Residence Card issued under the EU Settlement Scheme)

The Home Office’s stated intention is to transition towards a ‘digital status’ system, where immigration status is proved via a digital ‘eVisa’ document which can be accessed by the holder (and third parties, using a ‘view and prove’ service), rather than a physical document such as a Biometric Residence Permit. The first steps that have been taken in this context are applications by EEA citizens under the EUSS, as

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