Having announced earlier in the year that our fees would remain unchanged for 2019, the additional work and time involved managing Tier 2 visa applications here in the UK has now become more onerous even than managing out-of-country applications – which we charged a higher figure for previously.
It is with reluctance therefore that we have had to amend our Tier 2 visa fees for in-country applications to match those for out-of-country applications, so all Tier 2 visas will, with effect from 1 June 2019, be charged at £1150 + VAT.
However, we have also decided to reduce our fee for dependants from £350 + VAT to £250 + VAT, so for a family of three the cost will remain the same as before.
And additionally, as all service options involve the same amount of work for us now, our fee of £1150 + VAT will apply whether clients opt for standard, priority or super priority service.
In recent months UK Visas has strengthened its team of OISC accredited advisers – Kevin Carlin achieved OISC accreditation in May 2017 and Garima Arora, who is qualified to the equivalent of OISCLevel 3, joined us in January, so we now have five OISC advisers on the team.
We have also settled in to our new offices close by Horsham station and this provides us with a larger and lighter environment in which to work.
One reason for these changes has been to enable one of our directors, and senior case worker, Sarah Bryant to significantly reduce her working hours. Garima has successfully taken over most of her workload now, although Sarah will be available to cover any particularly busy periods, sickness or holidays.
Kevin Carlin has been promoted to Client Services Manager and he will now oversee the incoming workload as well as take on responsibility for issuing CoS and sponsor licence admin support. With this last point in mind, and as mentioned in our newsletter last year, we will shortly be adding him as a Level 1 user on all clients’ SMS. AO’s will receive notification as and when Kevin is added on their SMS.
It’s all change here at UK Visas this month as we move in to our new offices close to Horsham station and welcome Garima Arora who joins us as a senior caseworker on 2nd January 2018.
UK Visas new address is as follows:
8A Oakhill Road
Our telephone number remains the same: 01403 801801
Our existing office will also remain open until 31st January 2018 to receive courier/parcel deliveries and post.
Our new office is situated just 150 yards from Horsham station, which has direct and frequent train services to East Croydon (for the UKVIPublic Enquiry Office), Gatwick and London (Victoria and London Bridge).
Garima Arora joins us on 2nd January 2018, having just qualified as a solicitor this month. Garima has been working as a Level 2 IAASCaseworker for over two years which is equivalent to OISC Level 3, so has extensive knowledge and experience working in immigration which will further broaden our scope and client offering.
I am sure you will share with me in welcoming her to UK Visas and no doubt she will be speaking to many of you very soon!