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Visa Updates

Thursday, 19 April, 2018, 22 : 18 PM [IST]
UK Government extends 24-hr Super Priority Visa service to Pune and Bengaluru
TBM Staff| New Delhi

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has announced an extension of the Super Priority Visa service (SPV) to Pune and Bengaluru, meaning that more Indians can get a visa decision in 24 hours or less. SPV is an optional service for customers in India who need to travel to the UK urgently.  

Pune and Bengaluru add to the three locations this service is already offered – Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. 

This service will be available for customers of these cities from May 1, 2018.

 SPV applications are assessed to exactly the same high standard as all other applications but are handled by UKVI at the highest priority, with dedicated staff members processing cases at the front of the queue and an express courier service ensuring quick return to the customer. This means that the 24-hour turnaround is achievable and secure.

 “I am pleased that the Super Priority Visa service is being extended to even more Indian cities, giving many more UK visa customers the opportunity to receive a visa decision in 24 hours or less if needed. India was the first country in the world to receive this service in 2013 and is once again leading the way as two more cities – Pune and Bengaluru – receive this first class visa service. This is further proof of the strength of the UK-India relationship and of the focus by UKVI on providing a convenient, world-class experience for Indian visa applicants,” said Caroline Nokes, Immigration Minister, UK. 

The SPV service in India costs INR 91,733. This fee reflects the high level of management, logistics handling and staff resource required to receive, assess and return the decision on the visa application in 24 hours. 

During 2017, over 525,000 Indian nationals were granted a UK visa – a 10% increase on 2016.