Biometrics appointments booked up, delays possible

24 May 17



What is the change? Biometrics appointments for U.K. visa applicants in New York City, San Francisco and other biometrics hubs are currently booked up as much as three weeks in advance.

What does the change mean? While each case is different and some applicants may be able to book biometrics appointments more quickly than others, visa applicants should expect delays when applying for a U.K. visa in the U.S.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits: All U.K. visas.
  • Who is affected: Anyone applying for U.K. visas in the U.S.
  • Impact on processing times: Visa processing has been delayed, as U.K. authorities work through a backlog of biometrics appointments.
  • Business impact: Businesses may need to adjust start dates or timelines to account for the delays.

Background: The delays appear due to a rush on visitor and work visas as summer approaches. Delays may be particularly acute at main hubs, such as New York City and San Francisco, though applicants are advised to plan in advance and anticipate possible delays no matter where they are applying.

BAL Analysis: BAL is working with clients who may be affected to advise that employers may need to push back start dates or consider expedited options such as premium processing. Contact BAL with any case-specific questions.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact

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