New super priority visa service for Indian applicants

David Cameron, Prime Minister, India, Fast Track, Priority, Premium 20 February 2013
To make it easier and quicker for regular Indian visa applicants to visit or do business in the UK, a new visa system is being launched in March this year.

Announced during the Prime Minister's three-day visit to India, this super priority service will be open to regular visitors, trusted business visitors and skilled workers (Tier 2 applicants). Applicants can apply for a six-month, multiple-entry visa at the application centres in Delhi and Mumbai; their applications will be processed in just one day. At present, the UK Border Agency processes 95 per cent of applications within 15 working days.

The UK currently processes approximately 400,000 visa application each year from Indian nationals, which is the largest UK visa operation in the world. During his visit, David Cameron commented on these changes, saying that the UK wants to ensure it is attracting 'the best and the brightest and in terms of our visa operation here in India.'

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said that this new service will "provide our valued customers from India with the choices to fit their particular circumstances and needs." He said that the close links between the UK and India that have existed for some time would continue to be strengthened in the future.

The changes are being made following complaints from key Indian businesses that the UK was becoming hostile to foreign workers. The current priority and standard visa services will continue to be available alongside this service, as well as the existing optional extras for top business customers, like out-of-hours application appointments at visa application centres and premium lounges.

Please note that this new super priority visa service does not replace the application process for expedited visas on compassionate grounds.

Tags: David Cameron , Prime Minister , India , Fast Track , Priority , Premium

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