United Kingdom: Internal checker down; some visas could be delayed

What is the change? British consulates have been unable to finalize the processing of certain points-based visa applications because their internal points-based system checker is temporarily unavailable. The problem arose Tuesday and appears to be affecting British consulates across the globe.

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What does the change mean? Issuance of Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 4 (non-YMS) visas may be delayed.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 4 (non-YMS) visas.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals applying for the visas listed above.
  • Impact on processing times: Applicants should expect delays, especially if the problem is not resolved soon.

Background: UK officials said in an email that consulates were having problems with their internal PBS checker, which is used to process certain points-based visa applications. The problem appears to be global and not isolated to any particular consulate or region. It remains unclear how long the checker will remain down.

BAL Analysis: Businesses may need to adjust schedules and start dates if delays are prolonged. BAL will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact BerryApplemanLeiden@balglobal.com.

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