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 only use this service if you are in the UK.
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 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 60 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.
Apply within 24 hours of being accepted for the service.
Print the form and send it with the supporting documents to the address on the form by registered post or courier.
Apply on your own
- apply online - general visa
- apply online - Intra company transfer long-term staff
- apply online - Intra company transfer short-term staff
- apply online - Intra company transfer graduate trainee
- apply online - Intra company transfer skills transfer
- apply online - sports person
- apply online - minister of religion
- apply online - dependant partner application
- apply online - dependant child application
Apply as a family group
You can’t apply online. Fill out the relevant forms:
- Tier 2 priority application form for your own application
- Tier 2 priority dependants application form for family members
How long it takes
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.
|Who you’re applying for||ICT - Short Term, Skills Transfer and Graduate Trainee||General, Sportsperson, Minister of Religion, ICT - long term (up to 3 years)||General and ICT (over 3 years)|
|You (if you’re from Macedonia or Turkey)||£690||£896||£1,547|
|All dependants||£745 each person||£951 each person||£1,602 each person|
A shortage occupation is a skilled job where there is a shortage of workers in the UK.
|Who you’re applying for||Tier 2 General
(up to 3 years)
|Tier 2 General
(over 3 years)
|You (if you’re from Macedonia or Turkey)||£673||£1,101|
|All dependants||£728 each person||£1,156 each person|