The biometric capturing for US citizens who want to migrate to the UK has been put on hold for over two weeks. Some sources privy to the info surrounding this bureaucratic glitch confirmed that this suspension happened because the UK government did not make a payment it was supposed to make to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
US citizens who have been applying for visas to study, work or study in the UK have been rejected at application support centers in the United States where the fingerprints and photographs of applicants are captured.
The Home Office of the UK termed the problem a ‘technical issue.’ The Home Office, however, did not give any more details on the matter.
According to a source familiar with the issue, a payment from the UK was yet to clear before its deadline was up. For this reason, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended the service at the end of March. Applicants were given the option of taking a private route to apply.
The government promises that the service will be back
A statement released by the Home Office on Monday confirmed that the biometric service of the DHS had been suspended temporarily following a technical problem. The Home Office, in the statement, made an apology to everyone inconvenienced by the break in service and reassured them that the service will be back as soon as possible.
The statement further revealed that the British government was making efforts to organize free appointments for affected American applicants. It also remarked that this biometric enrollment suspension will not affect Americans who are only travelling to the UK temporarily.
The USCIS and the DHS declined to give any further comments on the issue on Monday afternoon.
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