On 7 August 2013, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced that they had published new points-based system (PBS) guidance for dependants and application forms; these are for use on or after 7 August 2013.
UK Visa Application Forms
The UKBA has published new versions of the following:
- Tier 4 (Child) application form;
- Tier 2 Priority Dependant application form;
- Tier 1, 2 or 5 Dependant application form; and
- Tier 4 Dependant application form.
The UKBA are still obliged to accept applications made on previous versions of these forms up to and including 28 August 2013.
Passport returns for Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Visa Applications
The Home Office have recently launched a pilot scheme whereby applicants for Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) applying from the UK, can receive their passports back before a decision has been made on their visa. Applicants will have their passports returned to them within 7 to 10 days of their application being received by the Home Office.
This news will be welcomed by applicants as usually they would have to surrender their passports whilst their application is being processed; sometimes taking the Home Office weeks or months to decide. This way, applicants can continue to use their passports during the time their visa is being processed and travel overseas if they have valid leave that covers the period they intend to be out of the UK.
If the pilot scheme is successful, the Home Office plans to consider additional routes for early passport return service.