Croydon PEO: Tier 1 (General) application numbers (inperson vs legal representatives)

H Dave made this Freedom of Information request to UK Border Agency

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From: H Dave

1 July 2011

Dear UK Border Agency,

Hello,

UKBA provides in person application facility for variety of
application types:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/contac...

UKBA also provides facility for legal representatives to apply for
"inperson" applications on behalf of visa applicants:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/contac...

Can I request you to kindly provide the following numbers:

1. Can you kindly provide the following number of visa applications
submitted
TYPE : Tier 1 (General) (including dependents) (Extension and new
both)
PEO Office : Application submitted ONLY at Croydon PEO
SUBMITTED BY : In person applications, SUBMITTED BY APPLICANT
HIMSELF, NOT VIA LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES (This does not include
postal applications)
STATUS : Total number of application submitted (whether
successful/rejected/refused/invalid application, etc. is
immaterial)
TIME PERIOD : between Jan 2011 to May 2011

2. Can you kindly provide the same number as in (1) but which is
SUBMITTED BY LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES (i.e. any one other than
applicant himself).

3. Can you kindly also let us know if there is any difference in
fees paid for applications via LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES versus
applications submitted by APPLICANT HIMSELF? (E.g. for Tier 1
General extension application)

4. Can you also kindly provide information regarding UKBA policy
for following:
A. What is the rough number (or percentage) of caseworkers
allocated to applications submitted in person versus submitted via
legal representatives? This number from UKBA can be Tier 1(General)
and Croydon PEO specific.

For questions 1 and 2, it would be fine if the data is not
available up till May 2011, kindly provide whatever (maximum) data
available since the start of this year.

Yours faithfully,
H Dave

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1 July 2011

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Bob G left an annotation ( 8 October 2011)

Quote-marks I believe there are three ways to obtain an appointment at the Croydon PEO:
- legal representative (email booking 1 or 2 weeks before)
- personal: online booking (12 weeks before)
- personal: phone booking (6 weeks before, but can change depending on any cancelled appointments)

The original requester wanted to know the success rates of using a solicitor, and the UKBA said that about twice as many caseworkers deal with personal appointments compared to solicitors' appointments.

I would like to know how whether it is easier to get an appointment if you have a legal representative as well. I know that approximately 30 legal reps appointments are offered per day.

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