Immigration Update: Expansion of Priority Visa Services

19 July 2013

The Home Office is currently introducing a range of priority visa services in many visa application centres around the world, including business visitor and Tier 2 visa applications. On payment of the appropriate additional fee, the relevant centre will place the application at the front of the queue and will in most cases process the application within 5 working days.

Below is a table consisting of a number of key countries which are offering this service. The fee quoted is in addition to the standard visa fee:-

Visa Fee table


Early Passport Return for Tier 2 (ICT) applications

On 22 July the Home Office announced a pilot for the early return of passports for Tier 2 Intra company transfer (ICT) applicants using the postal route for submitting their further leave to remain applications. Passports will be returned within 7-10 days of the further leave to remain application being received by the Home Office. We have received clarification from the Home Office that any biometric residence permit which was also submitted with the application will be returned at the same time. This will enable applicants to continue to use their passports and to travel until a decision is made on their application, provided they still have valid leave which covers the period they intend to be out of the UK. However, with the advent of the priority postal submission route the need for this new service will be of limited value, although if the pilot proves successful, additional application types will be considered for this service.

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