Immigration Visits

We provide a home visit service for immigration/visa applicants who need to provide evidence that they have suitable housing accommodation within the United Kingdom. This evidence must show that the premises they intend to occupy doesn't have any Category One hazards under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (e.g. unfit accommodation) and will not become overcrowded when they take up residence. The British High Commissions in various countries will accept evidence from a private surveyor or the local authority.

What we need from you:

We must see the request from the relevant High Commission to enable us to verify the name of the person entering the country and the address they intend to occupy. It is also important that the request shows the High Commission's reference number as we need this for any correspondence.  

You need to contact Private Sector Housing on 01905 722288 or privatehousing@worcester.gov.uk to arrange for an invoice for the charge of the inspection to be carried out. Once the invoice has been paid an Officer will contact you to arrange a convenient date.

What we will do for you:

During the inspection the officer will ensure the property is suitable for the incoming applicant(s). They will also ensure that the incoming applicant(s) have the permission of the property owner and any relevant 3rd party, to occupy the property. Following the inspection Worcester City Council will provide the British High Commission with a report of the property, a copy of which will be sent to the sponsor. This again will normally be within 10 working days.

Contact Us

The Strategy and Private Sector Housing Team

Telephone: 01905 722233
Email: privatehousing@worcester.gov.uk