UK Brings Back Priority & Super Priority Visa Processing
Today’s Blog update brings you updates on the resumption of priority and super-priority visa processing.
After halting the ongoing process because of Covid-19 and the crisis in Ukraine, the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) has resumed the priority and super priority visa applications.
According to reports, these services are only applicable for applications made after 12 August. The report further stated that, unfortunately, backdated priority and super priority visa services are not applicable if the application has already been submitted. The applicant, however, can make a withdrawal of the existing or in-progress standard work visa application and resubmit the application through priority or super-priority services if the services are available in the applicant’s location.
Priority services can only be obtained via the online booking system. This will allow UKVI to persist in delivering standard applications and slowly reduce the time taken for the overall processing…
The following are the visa routes that qualify for priority services:
- Innovator visa
- High Potential Individual visa
- Start-up visa
- Student visa
- Skilled Worker visa
What are the Fees and Processing Time?
According to reports, the UK priority visa fee is £500 along with a fee for application, and you’ll receive a decision within five working days, in contrast to the usual four-week processing time.
The group observed that there have been important hold ups in processing and some applicants have been waiting between 12 and 15 weeks for a decision on skilled worker visas.
The cost of Super priority service is an additional fee of £800 on top of the application fee, and you will receive a decision by the end of the following working day if your appointment is on a weekday, and following two working days if your appointment is on a weekend or a bank holiday.
For every family member applying along with the applicant, the following additional charges would be applied:
- £500 for priority service
- £800 for super priority service
If the application is made along with family members, the decision for all applicants would arrive together.
Migration experts observed that even though priority services are now open again, prospective immigrants should apply as soon as possible so they have ample time to attend their appointment and get their visa.
At present, some visa categories have a processing time of more than double the usual time. The Home Secretary acknowledged in July that the lag could stay for months. Priority and super priority were temporarily suspended for study, work and family visas and appointments for visit visas were drastically reduced.
Priority appointments can only be bought online during the appointment booking process. If they are accessible for your visa category, you will be given the option to make a booking when you make your appointment.
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