The Home Office has announced that from October 2018 there were will be a new service to allow migrants in the UK to apply for work or study visas, settlement and citizenship. This will be offered by Sopra Steria at 60 locations, including 56 local libraries.

Applicants will submit their supporting evidence and give their biometric information at a single appointment. The Home Office has said this means applicants will then be able to retain their passport whilst their application is processed. There will also be increased use of digital services to upload files in advance.