Belfast (Northern Ireland) Service and Support Centre
The in-country UK immigration application system is known as UKVCAS (UK Visa and Citizenship Application System). Click here to read our overview of UKVCAS.
If you would like the assistance of White Rose Visas in preparing and presenting your application at the Belfast Service and Support Centre (SSC), do get in touch. We welcome your questions and enquiries, and offer a free initial consultation. Alternatively, you can book a premium appointment and attend the Belfast SSC independently. For independent visitors, we hope that the following information and tips are useful.
Belfast Service and Support Centre is situated in the Law Society House, 90-106 Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 3GN.
As of 1 April 2019, the opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday and Tuesday, 11.30am to 7.30pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9am to 4.30pm Saturday.
Belfast SSC is easily accessible from Central Station. Walking from Central Station would take approximately 10 minutes or you could use a taxi which should take 5 minutes and cost approximately £5.
If you wish to travel from Great Victoria Street Station, from the bus station to the SSC takes approximately 15 minutes.
If you wish to drive, there are a few parking options. The Q Park Victoria Square car park is found on Victoria Street, BT1 4QG. Alternatively there are car parks on Montgomery Street, Lanyon Place and Eliza Street. Each of these options is approximately a 15-20 minute walk away from the SSC. There is no on street parking nearby.
When you enter the building you will go through security checks, your bags will be scanned and you will have to walk through a metal detector. They will ask you to remove your coat and belt, but not your shoes. You will be asked to remove any sharp items such as scissors, nail files or flammable materials such as lighters and perfume. You will be asked to leave them with security staff to collect on your way out. You may also be asked to open the cover of your mobile phone to check for concealed weapons. It is not permissible to use a mobile phone inside the building.
There are few facilities at Belfast SSC. There are toilets, baby changing and mother's room, a multi-faith prayer room and a photograph booth. Drinking water is NOT provided. There is no television or entertainment at the SSC and so it may be advisable to bring books and games for any children. There are no refreshment facilities in the SSC but there are plenty of cafés, takeaways and shops nearby.
We would recommend that you only take a ticket once you've met your Representative, because you tend to get called to the desk promptly after taking a ticket. If you are attending without a Representative, do take a ticket immediately.
You will need to stay in the building until your biometrics have been completed, and you have a decision. If you have a Representative, it should be possible for them to remain in your place. This whole process takes roughly four hours, though of course can vary depending on the workload of the Belfast SSC staff on that day.
Staff at Belfast SSC are extremely helpful and polite,and overall the experience should be enjoyable for you.
If you have a few hours between your biometric appointment and a decision being made on your application, you may wish to explore Belfast a little. For ideas, see Visit Belfast.
White Rose Visas provide same day visa service/ premium visa service at the Belfast Service and Support Centre (SSC). We have an excellent and long standing relationship with the staff at the Belfast SSC. All of White Rose Visa's premium clients are accompanied and assisted by one of our experienced, OISC-registered advisers on the day of the appointment. Contact White Rose Visas using the following details.