You can get a decision on your visa within 10 working days if you apply to extend or switch to a tier 2 visa using the Tier 2 Priority Service.
You can use the service for the following visas:
- Tier 2 (General)
- Tier 2 (Minister of religion)
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
- Tier 2 (Intra company transfer)
Before you apply
You’ll first need to send a request to use this service.
Fill in the request for inclusion form and send it to the email address on the form.
Only the first 30 requests received each day after 8:30am (Monday to Friday) are accepted - you’ll get an email saying if you’ve been successful.
If your family member is also applying, their application will be counted with yours if you apply at the same time.
You should send your visa application and all supporting documents within 24 hours if you’re accepted for this service.
To apply, fill in the relevant form:
- Tier 2 priority application form for your own application
- Tier 2 priority dependants application form for family members
Send your application and documents to the address on the form by registered post or courier.
You’ll get a decision on your application within 10 working days of your application being received - you’ll be contacted if it will take longer.
Family members (‘dependants’)
You should send applications for family members (‘dependants’) who’ll be staying with you in the UK in the same envelope as your application.
Dependant applications sent in different envelopes will be considered separately - they’ll be charged the full application fee if their applications don’t arrive on the same day as the main application.
You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a Post Office as part of your application - this will cost £19.20.
You and any dependants must do this within 2 working days of receiving the biometric notification letter.
You’ll receive the letter after your application is accepted onto the priority application scheme, you’ve paid the fee and sent your application.
The fees are the same for all Tier 2 visas except Tier 2 Inter Company Transfer (ICT) under 12 months.
|Who you’re applying for||Tier 2 Priority applications except ICT under 12 months||ICT under 12 months (Tier 2 Priority)|
|You (if you’re from Macedonia or Turkey)||£796||£646|
|Partner or child under 18 (applying at the same time as you)||£709 each person||£584 each person|
|Partner or child under 18 (applying later), or child aged over 18||£853 each person||£687 each person|