Expansion of priority visa services
Early passport return for Tier 2 (intra-company transfer) applications


Expansion of priority visa services

The Home Office is 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 in most cases will process the application within five working days.

Below is a table setting out a number of key countries which offer this service. The fee quoted is in addition to the standard visa fee.

Country

Fee

Processing time

United States

$150 (£98)

48 hours for Tier 2

$300 (£196)

5 to 10 working days for settlement

Singapore

S$158 (£82)

3 to 4 working days for Tier 2

India

Rs57,000 (£625)

Same-day service for business visitors

China

Rmb520 (£55)

5 working days for Tier 2 and business visitors

Japan

Y12,100 (£79)

3 to 4 working days for Tier 2

Y37,205 (£243)

10 working days for settlement

Russia

Rb7560 (£153)

3 working days for business visitors

Hong Kong

HK$990 (£83)

3 to 4 working days for Tier 2

HK$3,100 (£260)

10 working days for settlement


Early passport return for Tier 2 (intra-company transfer) applications

On July 22 2013 the Home Office announced a pilot programme for the early return of passports for Tier 2 intra-company transfer applicants using the postal route to submit their application for further leave to remain. Passports will be returned within seven to 10 days of the application being received by the Home Office. The Home Office has clarified that any biometric residence permit that was also submitted with the application will be returned at the same time. This will enable applicants to continue to use their passports and travel until a decision has been made on their application, provided that they still have valid leave which covers the period in which they intend to be out of the United Kingdom. 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.

For further information on this topic please contact Ilda De Sousa at Kingsley Napley by telephone (+44 20 7814 1200), fax (+44 20 7490 2288) or email (idesousa@kingsleynapley.co.uk). The Kingsley Napley website can be accessed at www.kingsleynapley.co.uk.