- Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visa extension eligibility
- When do I need to apply for a Tier 2 ICT Visa extension?
- What are the required documents for a Tier 2 ICT Visa extension?
- How long can I stay in the UK with a Tier 2 ICT Visa extension?
- Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visa extension fees
- Tier 2 ICT Visa extension processing time
- Frequently asked questions
Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visa Extension
The Tier 2 ICT Visa is designed for employees of multinational companies who are looking to work in the UK branch of the company. After a certain period of time, those living in the UK under this visa can apply for an extension.
- Tier 2 ICT Visa Long-term Staff holders can apply for a Tier 2 ICT extension after five years
- Tier 2 ICT Visa Graduate Trainee holders can apply for a Tier 2 ICT extension after twelve months
UK Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visa Extension Eligbility
To be eligible for the extension you must have lawfully lived in the UK under a Tier 2 ICT Visa (as either a Long-term Staff member or a Graduate Trainee) until its expiration.
The basic eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Must have a similar job to the one you had when you were first given a Tier 2 ICT Visa
- Still work for the employer who provided your certificate of sponsorship
- Still be earning an appropriate salary (within the threshold)
- Already residing in the UK
In your ICT extension application, you will need to include any dependents who are on your current visa. This includes children who have turned 18 during their stay in the UK.
When do I Need to Apply for a Tier 2 ICT Visa Extension?
Anyone who wishes to apply for a Tier 2 ICT Visa extension ought to apply before their current Tier 2 ICT Visa expires.
If you remain in the UK after your Tier 2 ICT Visa has expired, the Home Office might consider you to be residing in the UK illegally, and this could affect your Tier 2 ICT Visa extension application.
The length of the original Tier 2 ICT Visa differs depending on which form of the visa the person is living under.
- Graduate trainee ICT Visas: maximum of 12 months
- Long-term Staff ICT Visas if earning less than £120,000 per year: maximum of 5 years and 1 month
- Long-term Staff ICT Visas if earning more than £120,000 per year: maximum of 9 years
What are the Required Documents for a Tier 2 ICT Visa Extension?
Certain documents will need to be submitted in a Tier 2 ICT Visa extension application.
Usually, you will need to provide:
- Documents proving your employment status and salary
- Bank statements showing your financial status
- New certificate of sponsorship
At the Immigration Advice Service, we can advise you on the documents which you will need to include in a Tier 2 ICT Visa extension application.
Our immigration lawyers are highly experienced and will do their utmost to help you receive a successful outcome on your application.
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How Long Can I Stay in the UK With a Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visa Extension?
The length of time you can extend your Tier 2 ICT Visa depends on which form of the visa you have been living under.
Long-term Staff ICT Visa Extensions
Long-term Staff Tier 2 ICT Visa holders will be able to extend their ICT Visa for the shortest of the following:
- Time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days
- The time which is needed to extend your stay to the maximum time permitted in the category
- 5 years if earning less than £120,000 per year
- 9 years if earning more than £120,000 per year
Graduate Trainee ICT Visa Extensions
Graduate trainee applicants can only extend their Tier 2 ICT Visas for a further twelve months.
What is the Cost of a Tier 2 ICT Visa Extension Application?
The cost of an extension of the Tier 2 ICT Visa depends on the specific circumstances of your application.
Long-term Staff (up to 3 years)
|Citizen of Turkey or Macedonia||£649|
|Dependents||£704 per person|
Long-term Staff (3 years+)
|Citizen of Turkey or Macedonia||£1,353|
|Dependents||£1,408 per person|
|Citizen of Turkey or Macedonia||£427|
|Dependents||£482 per person|
All applicants will also need to pay £19.20 for their biometric information to be taken. Also, if any of your documents need to be translated, you will need to take these costs into consideration.
Tier 2 ICT Visa Extension Processing Time
Generally, ICT Visa extension applications should be processed within eight weeks.
However, it is important to note that the process may take longer if immigration officials encounter problems when considering your application.
For instance, immigration officials will contact you if they require certain documents to be verified or if you have a criminal conviction.
You might also be asked to attend an interview if immigration officials deem it to be necessary.
The priority and super priority service are available if you would like your application to be processed as quickly as possible.
- With the priority service your application will be processed within five working days of the UKVCAS appointment at an additional cost of £500
- With the super priority service your application will be processed one working day after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment was on a weekday, and two working days after your appointment if it took place at the weekend at an additional cost of £800
You can remain in the UK (and continue working) until a decision has been reached on your Tier 2 ICT Visa extension, provided you applied for it before your UK Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visa expired.
You must not travel outside the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland until you receive a decision. If you travel outside of these areas, your application will automatically be withdrawn.
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You will need to provide your fingerprints and a photo (biometric information) as part of the Tier 2 ICT Visa extension application process.
You’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services service point for your biometric information to be taken.
After you have received your decision letter your biometric residence permit will arrive within 10 working days.
If you have been living in the UK under a Tier 2 ICT Long-term Staff Visa for at least five years, you will be eligible to begin the process of acquiring British citizenship after your Tier 2 ICT Visa extension has expired.
You will need to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain status first. After you have lawfully lived in the UK for one year under Indefinite Leave to Remain, you can apply for British citizenship.
Graduate Trainee ICT Visa holders can only remain in the UK for a maximum period of two years, which is insufficient for being considered for British citizenship. In almost all circumstances, a non-EEA national must have lawfully lived in the UK for at least five years before they can begin the process of becoming a British citizen.
Graduate Trainee ICT Visa holders can switch to the Long-term Staff Tier 2 ICT Visa if they fulfil certain requirements. Once they have lived in the UK legally for at least five years, they will usually be eligible to start the process of acquiring British citizenship.
If you believe that your Tier 2 ICT Visa extension has been unfairly rejected, you can appeal against the decision.
The Immigration Advice Service can provide full support in what will undoubtedly be a difficult time for you.
It is not possible to directly switch to a Tier 2 General Visa from a Tier 2 ICT Visa. In almost all cases, you will need to leave the UK for a cooling-off period of twelve months before you can apply for a Tier 2 Visa.
However, the cooling-off period will not apply to those earning at least £120,000 or more as a Tier 2 ICT Visa holder, or to those who will be earning at least £159,600 as a Tier 2 (General) Visa holder.