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Visa Delays for Americans moving to the UK
Biometric enrolment for US Citizens moving to the UK has been suspended for 2 weeks

Published on April 16, 2019

In the last week, reports have emerged that Americans seeking to move to the UK are facing delays due to a suspension of Biometric Enrolment systems.

On April 12, VFS Global posted an update explaining that "Biometric enrolment services for UK visa customers as provided by US Dept. of Homeland Security Application Support Centers (ASCs) remain suspended and work is ongoing to bring this service back online as soon as possible."

On April 16, UK newspaper The Guardian provided a further explanation, indicating that "according to sources familiar with the bureaucratic glitch ... Biometric enrolment for American citizens seeking to move to the UK has been suspended for more than two weeks because the British government missed a payment to the Department of Homeland Security."

In a statement yesterday, quoted by The Guardian, the Home Office in the UK said "The biometric enrolment service provided by the Department of Homeland Security is temporarily suspended due to a technical issue ... We are working to restore the service as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

The Guardian's article also notes that "The statement said that the UK government was trying to organise free appointments at VFS for affected US applicants, and noted that US nationals making temporary visits to the UK are unaffected by the issue."

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