Which UKBA office will decide on my application?

Which UKBA office decides on my application?

The days that you could walk into, queue up or make an appointment at, a British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission to submit your visa application, and return to that same office to collect your passport, frequently the same afternoon, have long gone. Since 2007, UKBA operates on a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model overseas. A Hub is a regional centre where decisions are taken, a Spoke is an application centre where applications and Biometrics are taken but where no decisions are made. A Spoke can be a so-called in-house spoke in a British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission and staffed by UKBA staff (but not decision-making staff) or, nowadays more likely, an application centre that is run by one of UKBA’s commercial partners (WorldBridge, VFS Global or Gerry’s). You can compare Spokes with post offices. They accept your application, take your Biometrics, and then forward your documents to the UKBA decision-making Hub in your region. No decisions are made at UKBA Spokes or commercial partner run application centres, and their staff has no influence on the decision.

So where will my application be decided? The table below shows the application centres with their corresponding decision-making hub in the countries where most of our blog visitors are resident. If you are missing yours, please contact us and we will add this to the table.

Abbreviations used: BCG: British Consulate-General, BE: British Embassy, BDHC: British Deputy High Commission, BHC: British High Commission

Country Application Centre Your decision is made in Hub:
Afghanistan
One of the application centres in Pakistan, or New Delhi, India BHC Islamabad or BHC New Delhi depending on whether you submitted your application in Pakistan or India
Algeria
Algiers BE Paris, France
Australia
Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney BE Manila, Philippines
Austria
BE Vienna BE Warsaw, Poland
Bangladesh
Chittagong, Dhaka or Sylhet BHC Dhaka
Belgium
Mobile clinic Brussels BE Paris, France
Canada
Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto or Vancouver BCG New York, United States
Cyprus
BHC Nicosia or Lefkosa UKBA Hub in Croydon, UK
Czech Republic
BE Prague BE Warsaw, Poland
Denmark
Mobile clinic Copenhagen BE Stockholm, Sweden
France
Paris – Asnières Sur Seine BE Paris
Germany
Berlin, Düsseldorf or Munich UKBA Hub in Croydon, UK
Ghana
Accra BHC Accra
Hong Kong
Hong Kong BE Manila, Philippines
Hungary
  Budapest BE Warsaw, Poland
 
India
 
Ahmedabad BDHC Mumbai
Bangalore BDHC Chennai
Chandigarh BHC New Delhi
Chennai BDHC Chennai
Cochin BDHC Chennai
Hyderabad BDHC Chennai
Jalandhar BHC New Delhi
Kolkota BHC New Delhi
Mumbai BDHC Mumbai
New Delhi BHC New Delhi
Pune BHC New Delhi
Ireland
Dublin UKBA Hub in Croydon, UK
Italy
Rome UKBA Hub in Croydon, UK
Jamaica
BHC Kingston BHC Kingston
Japan
Osaka or Tokyo BE Manila, Philippines
Jordan
Amman BE Amman
Korea, Republic of
Seoul Be Manila, Philippines
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Sarawak BE Manila, Philippines
Mexico
BE Mexico BE Bogota, Colombia
Moldova
BE Chisinau BE Warsaw, Poland
Nepal
Kathmandu BHC New Delhi, India
New Zealand
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) offices in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington; BE Manila, Philippines
Nigeria
Abuja BHC Abuja
Lagos – Ikeja Applications are split between BHC Abuja and BDHC Lagos
Lagos-Lekki Applications are split between BHC Abuja and BDHC Lagos
Pakistan
Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore or Mirpur BHC Islamabad
Philippines
Manila BE Manila
Romania
BE Bucharest BE Warsaw, Poland
Saudi Arabia
Al Khobar, Jeddah or Riyadh BE Riyadh
Singapore
VFS Singapore BE Manila, Philippines
Slovak Republic
BE Vienna, Austria or BE Budapest, Hungary BE Warsaw, Poland
South Africa
Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth or Pretoria BHC Pretoria
Spain
Madrid BE Madrid
Sri Lanka
Colombo BDHC Chennai, India
The Netherlands
Mobile clinic Amsterdam UKBA Hub in Croydon, UK
Turkey
Ankara, Bursa, Gaziantep, Istanbul orIzmir BE Istanbul
Ukraine
Kiyiv BE Warsaw, Poland
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi BE Abu Dhabi
Dubai BE Abu Dhabi
United States of America
Biometric Enrolment Centres via the US Department of Homeland Security BCG New York
Vietnam
Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city BE Bangkok, Thailand
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