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:
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.