Launch of Passport Return Service
In response to feedback from UK businesses, the Home Office has today announced that they are piloting a ‘passport return service’ for Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer (ICT) applicants in the UK.
The Home Office has advised that Tier 2 (ICT) applicants will receive their passports back within 7-10 days before a decision has been made on their application. This way a Tier 2 (ICT) applicant can continue to use their passports during the application process and also continue to travel if they have valid leave that covers the period they intend to be out of the UK.
Individuals applying under this category can take note that applications may be submitted up to 3 months before their current leave expires.
The Home Office has further advised that if the pilot proves successful, additional routes will be considered for this service.