What is the change? The U.K. has made its priority service available for Tier 2 (General)-based applicants applying for permanent residence (“indefinite leave to remain”).

What does the change mean? For an additional fee of 500 pounds, applicants who are already in the U.K. applying for permanent residence based on the Tier 2 (General) route may request the priority service which provides for a decision within five business days. The Priority service was not previously available to Tier 2 (General)-based applicants applying for permanent residence.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and on-going
  • Visas/permits affected: Indefinite leave to remain (ILR).
  • Business impact: ILR applicants applying from within the U.K. through the Tier 2 (General) route have an additional option for expedited service.

Analysis & Comments: The priority service is an additional option for companies sponsoring Tier 2 (General) employees for permanent residence. The priority service fee is in addition to the standard government fees required to file the permanent residence application.

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