The Home Office introduced a pilot program on July 22, 2013 for Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer migrants who apply to extend their visas in the United Kingdom. The new passport return service will allow Tier 2 ICT applicants to have their passport returned within seven to ten working days of his or her application being received by the Home Office.
This will allow individuals to travel for business or personal reasons while their application is under consideration with the Home Office, provided their current visa is valid beyond the date by which they intend to return to the United Kingdom. For this reason, Tier 2 ICT migrants are encouraged to submit their extension applications as early as possible within the three month period prior to their visa expiring.
If the pilot program is successful, additional visa categories may be considered for this service.