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By mail, apply for Tiers 2 and 5

The non-European workers are invited to send their applications by mail 21 November 2008. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that between the 27 November 2008 and 1 April 2009, applicants for tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system will be able to apply using the postal route only. There will be no premium service.

The standard processing time for applications is six weeks until April 2009. Applicants who travel a lot out of the United Kingdom with work before 26 November and their permission to stay ends between now and April 2009, can apply for a new work permit using the existing process between now and the 26 November. If the work permit application is successful, the applicant can then apply for the permission to stay using the Premium Service offered at a Public Enquiry Office.

Applicants who need to travel a lot after 27 November and permission to stay ends between now and April 2009, can apply using the premium postal service only if they meet the following requirements:

  • they are paying by credit or debit card;
  •   they can show that they need to travel overseas regularly;
  •   they plan to travel within six weeks of submitting their application;
  • they are extending their stay in the United Kingdom doing the same job and working for the same sponsor;
  • they are working for an A-rated sponsor.


The UKBA considers to make a decision on the application within one week of the payment clearing, but this is not a guarantee.

If the application does not meet the requirements above, the UKBA will tell the applicant and aim to make the decision within time of six weeks.

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