If you are wishing to get a visa to the UK, extend your stay or settle in the UK you may wish to fast-track your application. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) can take several weeks or months to process applications. Current estimates are to complete 90% of non-settlement applications within 3 weeks and 95% of settlement applications within 12 weeks. However, for those who need a decision sooner, UKVI offers a range of optional premium and priority 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. 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.
- 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.
- Overseas Applications for UK Visas: Priority
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.
- Overseas Applications for UK Visas: Settlement Priority
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.
- Overseas Applications for UK Visas: Super Priority
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.