‘De-risking’ and financial exclusion
The Home Office has started piloting a new same day super priority visa service which it hopes to roll out more widely including in the US. The first pilot has been introduced in India for the same day processing of business visitor visa applications for those meeting the eligibility criteria, see below. The fee for the service is equivalent to £600 (including local taxes) in addition to the standard visa fee. The Home Office has confirmed that its target is to process super priority visa applications on the same day that they are received. To use this service, applicants must book an appointment and attend either the New Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai visa application centre between 08:00 – 09:30, Monday to Friday and the appointment can be booked online. Biometric information will need to be provided during the appointment. In advance of the appointment it will be necessary to complete the online application form and ensure that all necessary documents to support the application are taken to the appointment.
In order to meet the eligibility criteria, applicants must be applying for a 6 month or 2 year multiple entry visitor visa (excluding student visit visas) AND have travelled without difficulty in the last 5 years to one of the following countries: UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or a Schengen country, OR are an employee of a company or business which is a member of the Business Express Programme (managed by UK Trade and Investment in India) and are travelling as an official business visitor.
Applicants are advised to read and sign the terms and conditions before applying and must submit the signed copy with their visa application. The Home Office advises that those with an adverse immigration history should not use this service, for example where a business visitor visa application has been refused in the past.
There are plans to roll out this service in the US later this year and we will update you once a date has been confirmed.
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