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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many locations in Wales provided UK Visas and Immigration biometric services in (a) 2016 and (b) 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
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Jo Stevens remove filter
star this property uin 271539 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
unstar this property answer text <p>In 2016, there were four locations in Wales providing UK Visa and Immigration biometric services. These were branches of Post Office Limited, in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Llandudno and Port Talbot.</p><p>We are transitioning to new arrangements for biometric capture and so there are currently seven locations in Wales providing UK Visa and Immigration biometric services.</p><p>These consist of: <br>• two Post Office Limited branches (Llandudno and Port Talbot);<br>• four locations run by our commercial partner Sopra Steria under the name of UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (one free to use (Cardiff) and three enhanced and fee-paid centres (Llandudno, Newport and Cardiff Bay); and<br>• one UKVI office known as a “Service and Support Centre” (Cardiff).</p><p>The two Post Offices are scheduled to stop offering this service in the coming weeks as the contract between Post Office and UKVI will end.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T15:33:53.553Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T15:33:53.553Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1135993
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Home Office more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of trends in the availability of appointments at UK Visa and Immigration biometric services in each year from 2016 to 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
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Jo Stevens remove filter
star this property uin 271540 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
unstar this property answer text <p>It is not possible to assess trends in availability of appointments at UK Visa and Immigration biometric services in each year from 2016 to 2019. In 2016, applicants to UKVI did not make an appointment to provide biometrics to UK Visas and Immigration. UKVI sent a letter to customers which asked them to attend a branch of Post Office Limited at a convenient time, within 7 working days.</p><p>From November 2018, the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UKVCAS) was launched. This new service requires applicants to make an appointment. Appointments are available for free in 6 major cities, and there are an additional 56 local user-pay service centres located in libraries, and 1 premium lounge.</p><p>In March 2019, the Service and Support Centres (SSCs) began capturing biometrics, again requiring an appointment to be made. There are seven SSCs located in major cities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T15:36:01.303Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T15:36:01.303Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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4425
unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1135994
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Home Office more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he had with the university sector on the demand for UK Visa and Immigration biometric services by international students before the contract for those services was awarded to Sopra Steria. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
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Jo Stevens remove filter
star this property uin 271541 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
unstar this property answer text <p>The Home Office regularly engages with the education sector on a range of operational issues, primarily through the Education Advisory Group.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T15:24:57.5Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T15:24:57.5Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1135995
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Home Office more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Home Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for local spikes in applications for UK Visa and Immigration biometric services by international students. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff Central more like this
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Jo Stevens remove filter
star this property uin 271542 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
unstar this property answer text <p>Sopra Steria Limited (SSL) deliver the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UK VCAS) on behalf of UK Visas &amp; Immigration (UKVI).</p><p>UKVI are currently working closely with SSL, and in consultation with the education sector, to plan effectively for the increase in student applications in the Autumn. To manage the high volume of applications successfully, SSL plan to take the following measures:</p><p> Increasing capacity at core and enhanced service points during the surge period<br> Student-only appointment days at some service points including the Premium Lounge<br> University-hosted enhanced service points<br> Customised services for smaller institutions</p><p>UKVI have provided SSL with historical data based on in country demand for student applications to assist planning and will work with the education sector to extend the period for making applications.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T15:34:13.75Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T15:34:13.75Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this