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Tier 2 & 5 Priority Service for Sponsors

15 December 2017 #Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Last year, UK Visas & Immigration launched the Tier 2 and 5 priority change of circumstances service for business sponsors. UKVI’s current processing time for requests via the SMS is 18 weeks – which as our clients know is 18 weeks too long.

For an additional fee of £200, sponsors can ask for a faster consideration of the following types of SMS changes: 

  • In year CoS allocation
  • Follow on CoS allocation
  • Adding new level 1 user
  • Replacing the Authorising Officer
  • Adding a representative

SMS users will first need to make the change on the SMS and then call UKVI and ask for their request to be processed via priority service. Payment is taken by card and decisions processed within 5 working days.

Only a maximum of 50 priority service requests are accepted per day (Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm) so it’s wise to call in the morning.

The service is particularly useful for sponsors who wish to assign an unrestricted CoS to a recruit switching in the UK or an employee who needs to make an extension visa application.


Clarkslegal, specialist Immigration lawyers in London, Reading and throughout the Thames Valley.
For further information about this or any other Immigration matter please contact Clarkslegal's immigration team by email at by telephone 020 7539 8000 (London office), 0118 958 5321 (Reading office) or by completing the form on this page.
This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full General Notices on our website.

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