DO NOT TRAVEL OUTSIDE UK WITHOUT YOU NEW VISA
The Home Office newly started implementing a new facility for processing UK work, study and settlement visa applications made in the UK, alongside citizenship applications.
As covered by our videos a few weeks ago, the new service will be executed step by step throughout November 2018 and is intended at unifying and refining the competence of the visa application process, as well as digitizing it as much as on can imagine.
As part of the new procedure, applicants will be able to upload online scans of all their paperwork, including their passport, after submitting their visa applications online. Applicants will then be obligated to go to an appointment at one of the 57 Service Centres, where they will submit their biometrics and be provide their original documents for review. Favourably, applicants will no longer be obligated to submit their current passports to the Home Office while their applications are in process and will be able to keep them following their appointments.
However, it is essential that applicants should not travel outside of the UK until they have acquired a decision on their visa application. If an applicant leaves the UK (outside of the Common Travel Area – comprising the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey) before they have acquired their new visa, their application will be withdrawn automatically. This can have relentless effects on their immigration status and ability to come back to the UK.
This basically means that applicants have to remain in the UK while their application is in process by the Home Office, although under the new government policy they will be able to recollect their original passport, which can resume to be used for any purpose other than travel.