New priority visa services around the world

A new range of priority visa services have been opened in a range of countries. The priority services allow people to ensure their visa application gets processed faster. The services are optional and an additional fee must be paid to use them.

To use the service you will need to pay the fee to your local visa application centre and you must do this when you make your application.

The UKBA aim to process non-settlement priority visa applications within 3 to 4 working days and all settlement priority visa applications within 10 working days. These processing times assume that the application is routine and correct so it may take longer if any of the following apply:

  • do not include the receipt confirming that the priority service has been purchased with the application
  • submit the priority service receipt after the application has been submitted
  • have previously been refused a visa for the UK
  • have previously been refused leave to enter the UK
  • have previously been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK
  • have overstayed a period of leave in the UK
  • have previously been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America or the Schengen countries
  • have been convicted of a criminal offence in any country

Which countries have new priority visa services?

Below is a list of the recent additions to the priority visa system announced by the UKBA. This is not a complete list of all countries offering the service. You can check the details of local services for your country on the Visa application centres overseas page of the UKBA website.

  • Hong Kong: Service available from 8 February 2013 for a fee of $990HKD
  • Brunei: Service available from 8 February 2013 for a fee of $155BND
  • Philippines: From 1 February 2013 service available to business and seafarer applicants, as well as general and family visitors who have travelled in the previous 5 years to the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or a country in the Schengen area
  • Russian Federation: From 25 February 2013, service available to for any short-term visa applicants (12 months or less) who have travelled to the UK in the last 2 years

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