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There is inevitably a high demand for same day processing at regional Public Enquiry Offices (PEO’s). With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and bear in mind the following:
- Whilst there may be no appointments available at your local PEO there are other offices around the UK which may have spaces.
- Not all PEO’s are currently able to offer same day processing but may be in a position to offer a much quicker service than the postal option.
Question: Can CARDIFF VISA SERVICES (CVS) get me a same day appointment?
Answer: CVS may be able to lodge a representative’s request for a same day appointment slot for your application subject to: sufficient notice (the earlier the better), availability, and -
- Our mutual agreement to do so after conducting an initial CVS assessment of your immigration history, current visa status, situation and requirements
NB: CVS makes a one off charge of £30 for assessments.
Always check that the specific application type you wish to make can actually be handled via the same day service. The current UKBA website states:
Public Enquiry Offices cannot consider your application if you are:
- a person who has been given discretionary leave to remain or humanitarian protection;
- a person with a poor immigration history;
- applying for permanent residence on the basis of 10 or 14 years’ residence;
- applying for an extension of your visa on the highly skilled migrant programme;
- a business person, innovator, sole representative or investor;
- a seaman;
- a Gurkha; or
- an elderly dependant.
Also, they cannot consider your application if:
- your case is complex; or
- your case is not covered by the Immigration Rules; or
- your sponsor is a staff member of the Home Office or the UK Border Agency. To protect the confidentiality of your sponsor and to prevent any possibility of corrupt behaviour, these applications must be made by post. You should send your application to the address on the application form, with a note stating that the sponsor is a serving member of staff at the Home Office or the UK Border Agency.
Applications for settlement or extension of stay
Public enquiry offices can accept applications for permission to extend your stay (known as ‘limited leave to remain’) or to settle permanently (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK, in the categories below.
- husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner – forms FLR(M), SET(M), FLR(O) and SET(O)
- children – forms FLR(O), SET(O) and SET(F) (only if the child entered the UK with the correct entry clearance)
- visitor – form FLR(O) (for medical visitors, academic visitors and parents accompanying children under 12 years of age who are receiving private education in the UK)
- (some offices only) transfer of conditions into a new passport forms NTL (for transferring indefinite leave to remain) and TOC (for transferring temporary permission to stay)
If you are applying on form SET (M) (to extend your stay or settle in the UK as the spouse or partner of a person who is settled here), both you and your partner must attend your appointment. If your partner cannot attend, you must take a letter they have written to say they support your application. They must sign and date the letter and give a daytime phone number so UKBA can contact them, if necessary.
- Tier 1 (Post-study work)
- Tier 1 (General)
- Tier 2 (General)
- Tier 2 (Intra company transfer)
- Tier 2 (Minister of religion)
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
- Tier 4 (General)
- Tier 4 (Child)
- Tier 5 (Temporary worker – creative and sporting)
- Tier 5 (Temporary worker – charity worker)
- Tier 5 (Temporary worker – religious worker)
- Tier 5 (Temporary worker – government authorised exchange)
- Tier 5 (Temporary worker – international agreement)
- dependents of migrants under the points-based system – form PBS (Dependant)
Work outside the points-based system
- domestic worker in a private household – forms FLR(O) and SET(O)
- offshore worker – form FLR(O)
- work permit applications – form FLR(IED)
- UK ancestry – forms FLR(O) and SET(O)
What will it cost?
Another consideration is of course the fees for same day processing. The current application charges for all application types may be found here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/fees-spring-2012.pdf