We provide a home visit service for immigration or 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 Commission in various countries will accept evidence from a private surveyor or the local authority. There is a charge for this service.
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 will need to contact Private Sector Housing to arrange to pay the charge for the inspection to be carried out. Once the invoice has been paid an Officer will contact you to arrange a convenient date. Please note we are unable to undertake any inspection until the charge has been paid and we are unable to advise on how long it may take for you to be invoiced. Therefore, please allow sufficient time from application to Visa deadlines.
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 will normally be within 10 working days.
Private Sector Housing Team