UK immigration’s ‘Registered Traveler’ service speeds up entry into the UK for Tier 2 Visa holders and those entering the UK via most other visa categories including the Tier 1, 4 and 5 visas at designated UK and EU ports. Originally introduced in 2013 the service has continued to expand and improve.
However, you need to be over 18 and a national of the following countries:
- New Zealand
- the US
You also need to be in one of the following UK visa categories:
- You can come under most visa categories. However, this scheme excludes the following visa categories discretionary leave, EEA family permits, leave outside the immigration rules and Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visas only for creative and sporting visas
- You must have visited the UK on at least four separate occasions as visitor during the past 12 months for business, education, medical treatment or tourism purposes
Tier 2 visa holders and others benefit
The Registered Traveler scheme may be of benefit to employees on a Tier 2 Visas and others who are frequent travelers. The service helps to cut down on queuing times allowing people to pass through border control faster and without having to complete a landing card.
Those entering the UK can make use of the e Passport facilities if they hold a bio metric passport, plus they can use faster entry lanes at Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heath-row, London City, Lu ton, Manchester and Stagnated airports, and Euro-star terminals at Brussels, Lille and the Paris. If you use this service you will no longer need to have a ‘credibility interview’, conducted by the UK Border Force each time that you enter the UK.
Government Fees for Registered Traveler Service
Signing up for the Registered Traveler service costs £70 per year. Should an initial application be rejected, £50 of the signing up fee will be refunded. To apply you will need to have your passport and a debit or credit card. You can expect a decision on an application within 10 working days.