Flexible IT systems for VISA verification

About Client

The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and police.

Introduced the IPT (Immigration Platform Technologies) Programme

Deliver flexible, digitally driven IT systems and processes that support UK visas and immigration, enforcement and border force.


Selected Mastek to deliver two key processes, the Biometric Residence Permit and the Biometric Travel Document components of the core IPT Programme infrastructure which comprised:

  • SSB (Shared Service Bus), a software component supporting communication between immigration and enforcement systems
  • CDP (Common Data Platform), a single data platform addressing various data sharing needs of the Home Office and other government departments.


  • Mastek designed, built, tested and delivered the SSB and the CDP systems in line with the UK Government’s Digital Services (GDS) recommendations
  • Focused on business outcomes by adopting IPT processes into Mastek’s proven Enterprise Agile approach.


Data Quality

  • Resolved previous case-centric identities with a person-centric, single identity view of customers.
  • Reduced data inconsistencies and risks.


  • Helped fast track verification for UK work permits and visas by providing a consolidated view of customer’s biometric data.
  • Ensured quick decision-making through efficient and timely data sharing with other government departments and with partners’ and stakeholder systems.

EU Compliance

  • Enabled the UK to comply with the 2008 EU Council regulation.

User Experience

  • Delivered a reliable user experience by ensuring secure messaging and service orchestration between various systems.
  • Enhanced customer experience, reduced costs and lowered opportunities for fraudelent applications by enabling visa applicants to both apply and pay online.