Migrant workers under Tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system can apply and pay their application fees online if they are already in the UK, the UK Border Agency announced this week.
The new online application system is also available to these workers’ dependants who are in the UK and seeking permission to extend their stay (known as ‘further leave to remain’).
Applicants can use the online system to complete and submit their application, pay their application fee and (if they want to use our ‘premium service’) book an appointment at a public enquiry office.
It is not yet compulsory to apply online and you can still download and complete a paper application form.
The online application can be accessed through links on the UK Border Agency website.
If your dependants are applying at the same time as you are, they do not need to create a separate customer account or submit a separate application.
If you experience technical problems while completing or submitting an online application, you can contact the Apply online e-Support team.
During your online application, you will be asked to state your previous address in the UK. If you have only lived at 1 UK address in the last 5 years, you should restate your current UK address and the period that you have lived there.
If you need to provide evidence of an English language test to support your application, please check the evidence specified in the List of approved English language test providers (PDF 346KB opens in a new window).
For full details on how to apply visit the appropriate section of the UK Border Agency’s website. Source: UK Border Agency.
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