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UNITED KINGDOM: Early Passport Return for Tier 2 (ICT) Applications

On July 22, 2013, the Home Office announced a pilot for the early return of passports for Tier 2 intra-company transfer (ICT) applicants using the postal route for submitting their applications to remain in the UK. Passports will be returned within 7-10 days of receipt by the Home Office. Any biometric residence permit that was also submitted with the application will be returned at the same time. This will enable applicants to continue to use their passports and to travel until a decision is made on their applications, provided they still have valid leave that covers the timethey intend to be out of the UK. With the advent of the priority postal submission route, the need for this new service will be of limited value, although if the pilot proves successful, additional application types will be considered for this service.

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