The Home Office aims to complete 90% of non-settlement applications within 3 weeks and 95% of settlement applications within 12 weeks. However, for those who require a decision on their visa application sooner, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) offers a range of optional premium and priority visa services.

UKVI’s premium and priority visa services include a ‘Priority Visa Service’, ‘Settlement Priority Visa Service’, ‘Super Priority Visa Service’, ‘Premium Service’ and a ‘Super Premium Service’.

Applications for UK Visas from Overseas: Priority Visa Services

Priority Visa Service

If you are applying for a non-settlement visa from overseas, the UK Visas and Immigration’s Priority Visa Service will ensure that your visa application is placed at the front of the queue, once it has been received by the UK Visas and Immigration Decision Making Centre in your country of application. Processing will commence ahead of other non-settlement visa applications and, under normal circumstances, your visa application should be processed within 3-5 working days.

If you wish to apply for a non-settlement visa via the Priority Visa Service, you should book an appointment at the time of submitting your online visa application. The Priority Visa Service is not available in all countries and, where available, an additional fee is payable. For information on availability and fees in your country, please contact us.

Settlement Priority Visa Service

If you are applying to settle permanently in the UK then you may wish to consider UK Visa and Immigration’s Settlement Priority Visa Service. This service will ensure that your settlement visa application is placed at the front of the queue once received by the UK Visas and Immigration Decision Making Centre, to commence processing ahead of other settlement visa applications. Under normal circumstances, your settlement visa application should be processed within 10 – 15 working days.

If you wish to apply for a settlement visa via the Settlement Priority Visa Service, you should book an appointment at the time of submitting your online visa application.   The Settlement Priority Visa Service is not available in all countries and, where available, an additional fee is payable. For information on availability and fees in your country, please contact us.

Super Priority Visa Service

The Super Priority Visa Service is a premium visa service designed to facilitate urgent travel for those who are seeking to visit or do business in the UK. The service, which costs £600 per application in addition to the standard visa fee, ensures a decision on a visa application within 24 hours.

The Super Priority Visa Service is currently available in China, India, Turkey, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, the Philippines and the UKVI visa processing centres in New York and Paris.

The Super Priority Visa service is available to business visitors, family visitors and general visitors applying for a 6 month or 2 year visa who have previously travelled to the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or a Schengen country within the last 5 years. In India it is also available to Tier 2 visa applicants sponsored by companies who are members of UKVI’s Business Express Programme. In China, the Super Priority Visas service is additionally available to Tier 2 General and Tier 2 ICT applicants, plus Tier 2 dependents applying at the same time, as well as Tier 5 Sportspeople and Entertainers.

Applications for Further Leave to Remain or Settlement in the UK: Premium Visa Services

Premium Service

If you already have leave to remain in the UK and are applying to extend your stay or to settle in the UK, you may be able to submit your application in person and receive a decision on the same day, using UK Visas and Immigration’s Premium Service.

The Premium Service is available for applications in all immigration categories except the following: Tier 1 Investor, Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, EEA Residence Card and EEA Permanent Residence Card, Naturalisation and Registration as a British Citizen, Business person, innovator, sole representative or investor, Turkish business person, Self-employed lawyer, Seaman, Gurkha, Retired person of independent means, Elderly dependant and Victim of Domestic Violence.

The Premium Service is also not appropriate if your case is complex because of personal circumstances or if you are applying for leave to remain outside the Immigration Rules

The service costs £400, in addition to the standard application fee (no fee is payable if you are applying for an EEA registration certificate or to work in the UK as a Croatian national). You will need to pay the standard application fee and the Premium Service fee at the time of booking your Premium Service appointment.

When applying for further leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain via the Premium Service, you will need to submit your application in person at one of seven Premium Service Centres around the UK, located in Belfast, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield and Solihull.

Super Premium Service

UK Visas and Immigration also offers a Super Premium Service. Intended primarily for those applying for leave to remain or settlement as a Tier 1 Investor (but also available for all other immigration applications except those mentioned above), the Super Premium Service is a mobile application service.

A courier will collect your application forms and documents from you and Super Premium Service staff will visit you in order to record your biometric information (fingerprints and photograph) and your signature. You can choose the location and time of the visit (between 12 noon and 3pm, Monday to Friday) and, in most cases, should receive a decision on your application within 24 hours.

The Super Premium Service costs £6,000 per visit, plus the premium service fee for your application type. This fee covers up to 4 main applicants and a maximum of 10 people applying at the same time.

Tier 2 Priority Service

If you are applying to extend for your stay as a Tier 2 migrant, or switch into Tier 2 of the points-based system, the Tier 2 Priority Service will allow you to receive a decision on your visa application within 10 working days.

The Tier 2 Priority Service is available to all those applying for leave to remain under the Tier 2 General, Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer, Tier 2 Minister of Religion and Tier 2 Sportsperson categories of the points-based system.

The Tier 2 Priority Service is only available to applicants who have submitted a request to use the service and only 30 requests are accepted each day. If you are accepted for the service, then you will need to submit your application within 24 hours.

Premium & Priority Visa Services - Barristers & Lawyers London

For advice on, and assistance with, applying for a UK visa via a Home Office Premium or Priority Visa Service, contact our immigration barristers & lawyers in London on 0203 617 9173 or via email to info@richmondchambers.com.

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