White Rose Visas offers a complete postal application service, including providing an assessment of your options, answering your questions, completing your application form(s), providing a complete document check, and managing all aspects of the process on your behalf, including biometrics. Do get in touch if you'd like help.
Alternatively, you can make the application yourself, in which case we hope you find the following information useful.
Make a postal application
You can find the correct form for your application on the Home Office's Apply Online web page. After submitting your application, you will receive an Acknowledgement Letter from the Home Office, and two to four weeks after that, a Biometrics Invitation Letter.
Postal applications take between three weeks to over six months to be resolved, dependent on the type of application. The UKVI/ Home Office publishes current processing times for some applications on their website. Useful anecdotal information on processing times can also be found on the forum trackitt.com.
Migrants making a postal application can provide their biometrics at selected Post Offices across the UK, at a cost of £19.20 per person. This needs to be done within 15 working days of receiving your Biometrics Invitation Letter. (Or 2 days for Priority Postal.) You do not need to book an appointment to use this service. You must, however, take the bar-coded sheet that the Home Office sent to you: this bar-code will allow your biometrics to be matched with your application on the online system.
When you arrive at your chosen Post Office, a member of staff will assist you by:
- Scanning the barcode on your Home Office Biometric Letter
- Taking a photograph of you inside the booth
- Capturing the thumb print followed by the four fingerprints on your right and left hands
- Making an electronic copy of your signature
Alternatives: Premium and Priority Postal
Given the typical long delays when posting an application, and the fact that your passport and other important documents will be unavailable throughout this delay, many people decide that it is better to apply in person. See our guide to Premium applications for an overview.
You can upgrade your Postal application to a Premium application by filling out this form.
As an alternative, if you are applying for Tier 2 (only), you are able to make use of the Priority Postal service. Using the Priority Postal service, you are guaranteed a decision within 10 working days.
Super Premium Service
As an alternative to regular Postal or Premium applications, you are able to use the Home Office's 'Super Premium' visa application service. The advantage of this service is that Home Office's case workers visit you at a time of your choosing. As the Home Office comes to you, you therefore save the time that you would have had to spend travelling to, and waiting at, a Premium Service Centre.
An additional advantage is that certain types of application are available under the Super Premium service, even though not under the regular Premium service: for example, Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Tier 1 Investor.
White Rose Visas can assist with this process, including arrangement of your Super Premium appointment, and in person assistance on the day of the application - wherever you are located in the UK.