For frequent travellers to the United Kingdom, the Registered Traveller Service offers a way to avoid lengthy waits at airport customs. The service caters to business travellers and those individuals who visit the United Kingdom on a regular basis, such as high-net-worth individuals or parents visiting their children studying at school or university. The Registered Traveller Service allows privileges and benefits that should encourage frequent fliers to join the scheme, and make their journeys to the United Kingdom smoother than before.
The Benefits of the Registered Traveller Service
With the expansion of the Registered Traveller Service, the United Kingdom is now open for business to more international travellers than ever before. Flying to the United Kingdom is now far smoother for nationals from Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay and the USA. This is because the Registered Traveller Service allows users to avoid queuing and other administrative formalities that can unnecessarily delay transit.
After signing up to the Registered Traveller Service, users disembarking at airports across the United Kingdom will be able to join the UK and EU passport holder entry lanes, which will allow them to go through passport control a lot faster than before. For added convenience, those users whose passport has a chip can also use the ePassport gates, and users who have joined the Registered Traveller Service can also avoid the formality of completing a landing card. Those users who are visa holders in the United Kingdom will not be interviewed upon their arrival, and they also will not need to have their fingerprints taken when entering the United Kingdom. Happily, the service is also available to be used at Eurostar terminals in Brussels, Lille and Paris, meaning that travelling to the United Kingdom by train can be just as convenient as flying.
Who Should Apply for the Registered Traveller Service?
For nationals of the countries listed above, there are two different ways to qualify for the Registered Traveller Service. The first is that the Applicant is over 18 and holds a valid passport, and has visited the United Kingdom a minimum of 4 times in the last 24 months. Each visit will need to have fallen in the category of Business, General, Academic, In Transit, Entertainment or Sports, Parents with a child in a UK school, member of a diplomatic mission, or a medical visitor. The second way is that the Applicant holds a valid visa, though holders of Tier 5 Sporting & Creative Concessions visas, EEA Family Permits, discretionary leave and leave outside the rules are not able to apply.
As the Registered Traveller Service allows users to enter the United Kingdom with far fewer formalities than before, it would be of great use to business travellers who do not want to waste time at the airport. Employers who frequently welcome international visitors should also look into the Registered Traveller Service for that same reason, as should retailers whose clients fly to the United Kingdom from overseas in order to enjoy the world class shopping and lifestyle attractions on offer in London and across the United Kingdom.
Using Legal Representation to Apply for the Registered Traveller Service in the United Kingdom
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to apply for the Registered Traveller Service in the United Kingdom.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully Apply for the Registered Traveller Service in the United Kingdom
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your visa and immigration application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration and visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
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