When someone makes an immigration application to come to the UK, they have to confirm they are moving into accommodation that is of a suitable standard that will not be made overcrowded by their arrival.
A named individual normally has to sponsor the person moving into the area and this individual or sponsor is asked by the immigration authority for proof that the property being moved into is suitable. The British High commission usually ask that this work is undertaken by a suitably qualified Officer.
What is the inspection designed for?
To ensure that the accommodation meets the following criteria:-
- Is acceptable for occupation under the Housing Act 2004
- Is in a responsible state of repair, and
- Will not become overcrowded if they live there
- The Property Services Team provide this service. It is not a statutory function, therefore a fee is payable for the inspection and a letter to be produced
The Property Services Team provide a service by carrying out immigration inspections to properties to ensure the above criteria is met. The property is required to meet both the Housing Standard and the Overcrowding Standard.
If you require this service, please complete the Immigration application form (pdf) and return it the address in the contact information at the bottom of this page.
The current fee for this service is £125.00, it is important that you provide all of the information requested on the form. If you do not fill the form in correctly there is a possibility that the High Commission will not accept the letter or that the contents will be in accurate.
Once we have received your completed form and payment, an officer from the Property Services Team will contact you within 14 working days to arrange a convenient time to visit to carry out the inspection.