Immigration assessment form
You may print this form and bring it with you to Customer
Services reception at Bayard Place when you come to pay your fee
and book an appointment for in inspection.
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Immigration Assessment Form
(244KB, 1 pages)
Making an appointment
To make an appointment you must first complete the
above application form which you can either print and
complete, or collect one from our customer services reception
at Bayard Place. You must then pay your fee at the cash office
in Bayard Place, and obtain a receipt. Please be aware of the cash
office opening times stated on the above document.
You must then deliver all documents to Bayard Place as
stated within the above form so that an officer can contact you
to make an appointment to inspect the house where the
sponsored person will live when they arrive in
Peterborough. You are advised to make the
appointment as soon as possible, at least 28 days before the
anticipated visa application date to the relevant embassy,
consulate or high commission.
You should bear in mind that the inspection may take place up to
two weeks after the appointment is made. You should also allow time
to carry out any remedial works identified before the property
could be considered satisfactory. After the inspection has been
carried out a written report of the assessment will be sent to you
within 10 days of the visit. This will make sure that there will be
no delay in dealing with the visa application because you have not
submitted the documents relating to the residence. We do not take
responsibility for any late or incomplete applications made.
The property will be inspected against certain standards.
All deficiencies found during the Housing Health and Safety Rating
System (HHSRS) inspection will be recorded and
assessed for the risk they pose.
Where high risk (Category 1) hazards are identified, a
‘satisfactory’ letter will not be issued. The applicant, usually
the home owner, will be told of the defects. If the property is
rented, the landlord will also be informed.
All remedial works will need to be satisfactorily attended to
before the Council can confirm that the property is suitable. If
necessary, the council will take statutory action to ensure works
are carried out, whether or not the application proceeds. Where
lower risk (Category 2) hazards only are identified, the applicant
will be notified of the defects. Category 2 hazards alone will not
render the house unsatisfactory.
The overcrowding standards
In addition to the HHSRS assessment concerning
space, an assessment will be made against the
statutory overcrowding standards. In order to make this assessment,
the officer will measure the size of every habitable room such as
living rooms, dining, and study rooms as well as bedrooms. It is
essential that the officer has access to all these areas otherwise
an overall assessment cannot be made and the house will be judged
to be unsatisfactory.
When making this assessment, the sponsored
person will be included in the calculations as if they were already
living in the house. If the property would become statutorily
overcrowded as a result of the person/s moving in then you may have
to find alternative accommodation for the person/s being sponsored
to live in. In these circumstances a ‘satisfactory’ letter will not
The decent homes standard
The house must meet the decency standard set by the government.
If the house fails to meet the decency standard, a ‘satisfactory’
letter will not be issued. Many of the requirements for meeting the
decent homes standard are linked to the HHSRS, and in these cases,
meeting the requirements of one will generally satisfy the
requirements of the other.