India – Visa Applicants in the United Kingdom Must Submit Application Materials in Person and Provide Biometric Data

What has changed

Beginning on March 16, 2015, all Indian Visa applicants in the UK will be required to submit applications at the jurisdictional India Visa Application Centre in-person and will soon be required to undergo biometric data collection. As a result , all applicants must schedule an appointment online prior to submitting their application.  During this appointment, biometric data will be collected, and all visa application materials will be submitted.

Previously biometric data was not a requirement and visa applications were able to be submitted on behalf of the applicants.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All India Visa applicants in the UK

India Visa applicants will have to apply in-person at one of the fourteen (14)  India Visa Application Centres throughout the UK. This must be done after securing the necessary online appointment, as walk in applications will not be permitted. At the time of the appointment, biometrics will be taken including fingerprinting data and facial imagery.

India Visa Application Centres have been asked by authorities to make necessary arrangements to accommodate these changes, however, applicants may experience delays at the start of implementation.

Diplomatic and Official passport holders, travelling on official purposes, are exempt from applying at India Visa Application Centres and may submit their applications directly at the High Commission of India in London or at the jurisdictional consulate.

According to the Indian Visa and Foreigners Registration and Tracking (IVFRT) Programme, Biometric data collection will eventually be a mandatory requirement for all Visa applicants worldwide. In addition to the UK, the Biometric Data requirement has been implemented in several other countries and will continue to be rolled out globally.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • At the point in time it is recognized that an extension of the Critical Skills/Green Card Employment Permit is required, Emigra Worldwide will assist our clients with the application for the Stamp 4 permission (subject to eligibility). We will provide exact process and guidance outlines following authorization from the client.
  • At this time, we do not anticipate a longer processing time, but do recommend an allowance of extra lead time to prepare the application.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.