The UK Border Agency have introduced a new system that will enable applicants applying under Tier 2 and 5 and their dependants who are in the UK to apply online for permission to stay (further leave to remain) in the UK
This service will be launched on 14 February 2012.
If you want to apply online you should complete the online application form, make an online payment and if you want to use the premium service, make an online booking for an appointment at a public enquiry office.
In order for your application to be valid you will need to meet the following requirements:
If you are applying under the non-premium postal route, you must:
- submit any required supporting documents specified as mandatory within 15 working days; and
- book and attend an appointment at a public enquiry office to provide biometric information. You must attend this appointment by the date we request 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 enrol your biometric information when requested, within 45 working days.
If any of the above requirements are not met, your application will be rejected.
SUMMARY – So, whilst the application form and fee can all be paid online, the application documents then need to be posted in. Maybe, one day an actual “online” application will be available, similar to Australia, where the whole application (including documents) can be made online.