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Postal applications

You can make an application to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI, formerly the UKBA), either by post or in person.

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.

Making 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.

Providing Biometrics

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.

White Rose Visas are authorised by The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner: Registration Number F201200452

White Rose Visas is a trading name of White Rose Visas Ltd, Registered in England & Wales, Company Number 7680391, Registered Office White Rose Visas Ltd, Wharf House, Victoria Quays, Wharf Street, Sheffield S2 5SY, United Kingdom