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UNITED KINGDOM: New Super Priority Visa Service Launched for Business Visitors

The Home Office has begun piloting a new same-day super priority visa service, which it hopes to roll out more widely, including in the United States. The first pilot was introduced in India for same-day processing of business visitor visa applications for those meeting the eligibility criteria. 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 they are received. To use this service, applicants must book an appointment and attend either the New Delhi, Mumbai, or Chennai visa application center between 8:00 and 9:30, Monday to Friday. The appointment can be booked online. Biometric information must be provided during the appointment. In advance of the appointment, it is necessary to complete the online application form and ensure that all necessary documents to support the application are taken to the appointment.

To meet the eligibility criteria, an applicant must be applying for a six-month or two-year multiple entry visitor visa (excluding student visit visas) and must have traveled without difficulty in the last five years to one of the following countries: United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or a Schengen country, or must be an employee of a company or business that is a member of the Business Express Programme (managed by UK Trade and Investment in India) and be traveling 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 applications. 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 United States later this year.

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