We need your support to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can continue to hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder


Home Department written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of David Ward David Ward Liberal Democrat, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what the average wait for in-country applicants waiting to be sent biometric enrolment invitations from the date their application is acknowledged is;

(2) what her Department's service standard is for the issuing of biometric enrolment invitations for in-country applications once the application has been acknowledged.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 10 June 2013

The average waiting time to dispatch a biometric enrolment invitation letter in the three-month period from 1 January to 31 March 2013 was 65 calendar days for temporary migration cases, and 28 calendar days for permanent migration cases.

With reference to the second question, the Home Office does not have a service standard for the issuing of biometric enrolment invitation letters for in-country cases.

As part of its commitment to transparency the Home Office publishes its performance against service standards on a quarterly basis. The latest publication can be found at:



1. The figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols.

2. Figures relate to main applicants only.

3. Figures relate to postal applications only.

4. Figures relate to permanent and temporary migration biometric applications with a case created date between 1 January and 31 March 2013.

5. Waiting time based on average number of calendar days between application raised (received) and case creation date, as biometric enrolment invitations are sent when the case is input on the Case Information Database (CID).

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.