• Passport Return Service Expands to Additional Tier 2 Applicants
  • May 13, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Individuals applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain, the UK term for permanent residence, under Tier 2 of the Points-Based System will now have their passports and biometric residence permits returned to them within seven to ten days of submitting their applications. The Home Office expanded the Passport Pass-Back pilot program to cover these applicants on May 6, 2014.

    Passports and biometric resident permits will be returned automatically. Applicants do not need to request that these documents be returned.

    The passport return service launched as a pilot in July 2013 for applicants in the Tier 2 (ICT) category. The pilot is being expanded to additional Tier 2 applicants following positive feedback from individuals and Home Office staff.

    What This Means for Foreign Nationals

    The pilot program is a significant benefit to eligible Points-Based System migrants who travel frequently for business and work. By having their passports returned quickly, these applicants may travel abroad or apply for visas to other countries while awaiting adjudication of their UK application, provided that their current UK visa remains valid and that they have valid immigration status to remain in the UK.