Increase in Free UKVI Appointments


The number of free appointments available at Sopra Steria Centres has been increased. The change applies to all centres, except for premium centres.


Update in Free Appointment Availability


The updated booking calendar now shows 28 days of appointments, with both free and chargeable appointments. A new date is added each day. Free appointments are released onto the booking system at 9am, while chargeable appointments are released at midnight.

Free appointments typically book up quickly, meaning applicants may have to book a later date to secure a free appointment.


What are UK Services Centres?


Services centres are operated by Sopra Steria, a private company, on behalf of the Home Office. These centers don’t handle the application itself, but provide in-person support for visa and citizenship applications submitted online. This includes collecting biometric data (fingerprints and photograph), verifying supporting documents, and ensuring your identity matches your application. Attending an appointment at a Sopra Steria Centre is mandatory for most visa and citizenship applications submitted within the UK.

If you have a question about a UK visa application, contact our experts.




Founder and Managing Director Anne Morris is a fully qualified solicitor and trusted adviser to large corporates through to SMEs, providing strategic immigration and global mobility advice to support employers with UK operations to meet their workforce needs through corporate immigration.

She is a recognised by Legal 500and Chambers as a legal expert and delivers Board-level advice on business migration and compliance risk management as well as overseeing the firm’s development of new client propositions and delivery of cost and time efficient processing of applications.

Anne is an active public speaker, immigration commentator, and immigration policy contributor and regularly hosts training sessions for employers and HR professionals

About DavidsonMorris

As employer solutions lawyers, DavidsonMorris offers a complete and cost-effective capability to meet employers’ needs across UK immigration and employment law, HR and global mobility.

Led by Anne Morris, one of the UK’s preeminent immigration lawyers, and with rankings in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, we’re a multi-disciplinary team helping organisations to meet their people objectives, while reducing legal risk and nurturing workforce relations.

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