UK visas & immigration news

Points-based system (PBS) update

UK Visas and Immigration have recently updated the guidance document for dependants.

The following application forms have been updated:

  • Tier 4 (Child) application form
  • Tier 2 Priority Dependant application form
  • Tier 1, 2 or 5 Dependant application form
  • Tier 4 Dependant application form

All these forms are for use by applicants who are already in the UK. Applicants should use the new forms if applying on or after 7 August 2013.

In line with paragraph 34(i) of the Immigration Rules, UK Visas and Immigration will continue to accept applications made on the previous version of these forms up to and including 28 August 2013.

Change to appointment booking process

From 18 August 2013, most applicants booking a premium appointment at a public enquiry office (PEO) will be asked to pay the full application cost and booking fee upfront, using a new online system.

The new process will help applicants access PEO appointments and at the same time tackle those who are abusing the booking system.

The automated payment system will collect the whole fee upfront. This includes the application fee, the premium fee of £375 and non-refundable appointment fee of £100. The £100 fee is to confirm the appointment.

If you do not attend your appointment or cancel it with 5 or less working days notice your £100 fee will not be refunded.

For more information on the new process, please visit the Home Office website.

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