UK BIOMETRICS APPOITNMENT UPDATE
Please keep in mind that if you make an immigration or nationality application from inside the UK, you may be obligated to attend a biometrics appointment as segment of the application process. At the appointment, you will be obligated to register your biometric information (fingerprints and photograph) and submit the backup documents for your application.
Please keep in mind that Biometric appointments in the UK are controlled and managed by Sopra Steria, a third party contractor of the Home Office, as segment of their UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS). There are appointment centres all over the UK which you can find in the links mentioned below in the comments and description below.
It seems from the online booking site, that Sopra Steria UKVCAS biometric centres will be shut from 24 December 2021 to 28 December 2021. Sopra Steria UKVCAS biometric centres will also be shut from 4pm on 31 December 2021 to 2 January 2022 (centres in Scotland will recommence their operations on 5 January 2022) which denotes that there will be no appointments available to reserve during these periods.
Sopra Steria UKVCAS gives a mixture of free and paid appointments. The UK Home Office in the past assured that there would be a significant number of free appointments accessible at all core centres (located in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow and Manchester). On the other hand, a recent report has exposed that there is a noteworthy shortage of free appointments available and applicants are in its place having to consider spending a hefty amount of money or travelling very far so as to attend an appointment. We will definitely talk about the difficulties UK visa applicants will face to secure appointments further in our video update.
Assuming these closures and the restricted number of appointments accessible in specific centres, appointments during the holiday period will be in high demand and consequently if you require to attend an appointment as part of your application process, you need to reserve an appointment as soon as possible. You may also desire to choose the VIP service which will permit you the suppleness of choosing the time and location of the appointment.