Tier 2 and 5 applicants, along with their dependants in the UK, will be able to apply online for permission to stay, also known as further leave to remain, in the UK from 14 February 2012
This follows changes to the Immigration Rules laid before Parliament. The Home Office said the service will be launched on 14 February 2012.
Those wanting to apply online need to complete the online application form, and make an online payment. If you want to use premium service, you need to make an online booking for an appointment at a public enquiry office.
If you are applying under the non-premium postal route, you must submit any required supporting documents specified as mandatory within 15 working days.
You also need to book and attend an appointment at a public enquiry office to provide biometric information. You must attend this appointment by the date you are requested you to.
If applying under the premium route you must attend an appointment at a public enquiry office to submit any required supporting documents specified as mandatory, and enroll your biometric information when requested, within 45 working days.
If any of the above requirements are not met, your application will be rejected.
The UK Border Agency said: `Your application date will be the date when you submit your online application using our website.
`Your application fee will be the fee that is in place on the date when you submit your application online. You will not pay a different fee if the fee changes between the date when you submit your application online and the date when you are required to submit your documents or attend an appointment at the public enquiry office’.