UK Visa

VFS Global gives Update on UK Priority Visa Service

Published on : July 18, 2022


Key update for those applying for a visit visa for the United Kingdom through VFS Global. Applicable to all VFS Global visa application centres worldwide.

On July 15, 2022, VFS Global announced an update regarding changes to be made to the Priority Visa (PV) service offered by UK Visas and Immigration, a part of the Home Office of the UK Government.

As per the update, changes have been made to the availability of Priority Visa (PV) service for new UK visit visa applications. The number of PV appointments have been reduced by VFS Global from July 15, 2022. Less slots for Priority Visa (PV) service for new UK visit visa applications will lead to more standard applications being processed, reducing the overall processing time for all applying for a UK visit visa.

The reduction in the availability of Priority Visa (PV) services will not affect Super Priority Visa (SPV) services. As per VFS Global, the appointment availability for SPV for new UK Standard Visitor visa applications will not be reduced.

What is VFS Global?

A visa outsourcing company, VFS Global represents various governments globally. VFS Global handles the administrative aspects related to visas, passports, etc. Representing 65 client governments across the world, VFS Global has 3,500+ Visa Application Centres (VACs) in 143 countries.

Operating under a partnership with UK Visas and Immigration, VFS Global provides support services for individuals applying for UK visas.

What can I do at VFS Global Visa Application Centre?

At a VFS Global VAC, you can submit your -

  • Completed visa application form,
  • Biometric data, and
  • Supporting documentation.

Priority Visa (PV) and Super Priority Visa (SPV) services are generally offered for faster processing.

Can I get priority services for my UK Visa?

As of now, priority and super priority services are only available for UK visit visas. As per VFS Global, priority and super priority services remain suspended for new -

Updates will be provided once resumed.

What is the expected processing time for a UK visit visa?

Currently, visit visas for the UK are taking around seven weeks for processing. Some applications might take longer. However, three weeks is the processing standard. Under usual circumstances, you can expect a decision on your visa application within three weeks of attending a VAC appointment.

What are priority and super priority services for UK visas?

Priority and super priority services are available for UK Visitor visas on an appointment basis.

 

UK Visit Visa - Get a Faster Decision

Kind of Service

Decision in

Priority Services

Within 5 working days

Super Priority Services

By the end of the next day

NOTE. -

●       Available at an additional cost.

●       To be purchased online when booking an appointment.

●       Priority and super priority services cannot be purchased at the Visa Application Centre or at a later date.

 

As of now, priority and super priority services remain suspended for new study, work, and family visa applications.

How many UK VACs are in India?

UK VACs are available in 14 cities in India.

 

UK Visa Application Centres in India

City

Working Hours

Hyderabad

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

Mumbai

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

Bengaluru

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

Chennai

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

Pune

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

Goa

Additional £55 to use, opens from 09:00 to 17:30 as per the following schedule -

August 13, 2022

September 10, 2022

October 8, 2022

November 12, 2022

December 10, 2022

New Delhi

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

Kolkata

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 17:00

Gurgaon

An additional fee of INR 4100 to use, opens from 09:00 to 16:00 as per the following schedule -

August 12, 2022

September 9, 2022

October 14, 2022

November 11, 2022

December 9, 2022

Jaipur

Additional £55 to use, opens from 09:00 to 16:00 as per the following schedule -

August 6, 2022

August 20, 2022

September 3, 2022

September 17, 2022

October 1, 2022

October 15, 2022

November 5, 2022

November 19, 2022

December 3, 2022

December 17, 2022

Chandigarh

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

Cochin

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

Ahmedabad

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

Jalandhar

Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 16:00

 

Access to the VAC is restricted to visa applicants only. Children below 18 years of age should have a guardian or parent with them.

Topics: UK, Visit

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