Launch of online applications for Tiers 2 and 5 of the points based system

Information related to Visas and Sponsorship on our website is out of date – last updated in 2012. Regrettably, Visiting Arts does not have a staff member working in this area currently and we are not available for advice related to visas. A service to enable customers applying under Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points Based System and any dependants, who are already in the UK, to apply and pay on-line for further leave to remain has now been launched.

Online applications will help promote:
1) Improved efficiency - cases will be submitted electronically and payment taken on-line which will improve processing times and reduce our reliance on paper files.
2) Enhanced customer service - interactive forms will make applying for the correct type of leave easier, customers will only be asked to answer relevant questions and will only be able to submit where all relevant questions are completed thus avoiding rejection due to incomplete data.
3) Customer account - will allow customers to save, review and print their application before they submit and to book and re-schedule biometric appointments.
4) Customer notification e-mails - the customer will receive an e-mail to confirm that their payment has been received and that their application has been submitted

The UK Border Agency state "This is an important step towards modernising our systems and while an optional service, we hope it will prove an attractive option to customers. As we continue to modernise our systems further, we will extend on-line functionality to applications under other routes."

For more information and to view the online application please visit the UK Border Agency website at

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