Cookies

This website puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • keep track of your online application

This website’s cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

You will normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on this website

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use this website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on this website 
- how long you spend on each page on this website

  • how you got to the site 

  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We do not collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can not be used to identify who you are.

We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga Used to distinguish users 2 years

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Our introductory message

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit this website. We will store a cookie so that your computer knows you have seen it and knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message 3 months

Your progress when applying

When you apply using the service, we will set a cookie to remember your progress through the forms. These cookies do not store your personal data and are deleted once you have completed the transaction.

Name Purpose Expires
UKV&I_SESSION Stores an ID for your application while you are applying When you close your browser or when you click the sign out link