The UK Border Agency’s ‘Apply online’ service for applicants in the UK will be unavailable between 18:00 on Thursday 27 September 2012 and 06:00 on Monday 01 October 2012 while they carry out essential maintenance.
UK applicants will not be able to submit applications, book appointments or pay for their applications online, or use our ‘application form finder’ tool.
Appointment booking will be completely unavailable, so do not telephone the UKBA to try to book an appointment. Normal service will be available again on Monday 1 October.
This does not affect appointments already booked for Friday 28 September. If you have one, please attend.
‘Apply online’ in the UK is the only service that will be affected. Applicants outside the UK will still be able to apply online using the Visa4UK service.
The UKBA apologises for any inconvenience this may cause you. Source: UKBA.
Bulgarian and Romanian yellow card and blue card applicants have been struggling to obtain ‘same day service’ appointments in Croydon for most of this year.
Only a handful of appointments for Bulgarians and Romanians are made available each day, which turns the process into a lottery.
The EU student yellow card applicants are particularly vulnerable as they cannot apply until they are in the country and must wait over six months, without work authorisation, if they apply by post.
Joanna, a student administrator at Majestic College, which has helped hundreds of Bulgarian and Romanian students come to the UK to study and work on NVQ vocational courses, said the rules are putting some applicants off from coming to the UK, although many still want to start a new life here.
‘Bulgarian and Romanian Students can study and work full time by taking an NVQ course and applying for a yellow card permit. However, in order to apply for the yellow card, you should have started the course and be living in the UK.
‘You also need to have a work placement with an employer which we arrange through the college, but cannot start working until you receive the yellow card.
‘You can apply for the same day service at Croydon, but appointments are limited to just seven per day.’
UK and six other EU countries have also maintained labour market barriers for workers from Bulgaria and Romania. France and other EU countries are mandated to open their labour markets to Romanians and Bulgarians in January 2014.
If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed down, Visa, ILR, Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a UK Border Agency or British Embassy refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email:
Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.
For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org