The UK Border Agency has introduced a service which allows frequent users of the Tier 2 system to submit their applications in person at the Public Enquiry Office in Sheffield, rather than via the standard postal route.
As of 4 April 2011, 50 slots will be released every week to a number of legal representatives, including Kingsley Napley. Appointments are booked in advance over the telephone and slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Applications will be submitted by a Kingsley Napley agent, but applicants may attend the appointment in Sheffield in person to submit their biometric information, if they wish. If the appointment takes place before 11 am, the application will be processed and available for collection on the same day, otherwise documents will be posted back to the applicant the following day by Special Delivery. Biometric residence permits will be issued within three to five working days. For clients who do not wish to attend the PEO in Sheffield in person, a reference number will be issued to them within 72 hours of submission of the application, which will allow them to submit their biometric information at a centre of their choice. The PEO will then complete the application procedure within 48 hours of receipt of confirmation that biometrics have been given.
We would advise clients to please only consider using this service where they are certain that they will be able to keep to the appointment allocated, as frequent cancellations are likely to impact on our ability to obtain appointments for clients in the future. We anticipate that appointments will be allocated at fairly short notice due to high demand.