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Trial of simplified visa process launched

A new pilot allowing top business migrants to continue travelling whilst waiting for their visa to be processed launched on Monday 22nd July.

Applicants re-applying for a visa under the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) route will now receive their passport back within seven to ten days, after applying for their visa but before it has been approved.

It forms part of the Home Office focus to make the visa application easier for businesses and their employees.

The pilot will mean that applicants will be able to travel freely during the visa application process, providing that their existing visas have not yet expired and they have leave to remain in the UK.

The government has recently introduced a number of other improvements to the ICT route including increasing the maximum length of stay for senior staff earning over £152,100 from five to nine years and reducing the amount of documentation required for the visas.

Currently the pilot is available for Tier 2 ICT visa holders who are reapplying for their visa in the UK. If the pilot is successful there are plans to introduce it across other routes.

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