UK Resumes Priority Visa Services
Last March, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) suspended the priority services for new applications made from outside the UK. After 5 months, UKVI has reinstated “priority services” for new work visa applications.
The suspension was UKVI’s response to the large influx of applications under the Ukraine Family Scheme as those applications were to be prioritised.
Effective August 12, 2022, foreign nationals who are applying for sponsored work visas or student visas can purchase Priority Visa (PV) and Super Priority Visa (SPV) services.
It should be noted that the priority service is not available to those applying for Innovator, Start-up or High Potential Individual visas. Additionally, priority services for new family applications remain suspended. UKVI will provide an update when these services are resumed.
Priority Visa Processing Time
Priority visa services like PV and SPV may be purchased to reduce the processing time for visa applications. The processing time for priority visa services is as follows:
- Priority Visa application is usually processed within five days
- Special Priority Visa application is generally processed within one day
Priority services are not available at all UKVI locations. Applicants are encouraged to visit the official website and check if the centre is offering priority services.
If available, priority visa services can be purchased when booking a visa appointment. The services are available for limited appointments and can’t be bought if the appointments are full. Fresh Priority Visa appointments are released weekly.
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