Britain on Tuesday launched “super-priority” visa service in South India by starting the facility in its Chennai office.
Earlier, it was available only in Delhi and Mumbai.The “super-priority” visa service is a first-class service to facilitate urgent travel.
It complements the UK’s fast track service and online payment options.
The new service is available to customers applying for six-month to two-year multiple entry visit visa (excluding student visitors) who had previously travelled to the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or a Schengen country during the last five years. It is also available to visa applicants sponsored by companies which are members of the UK Business Express Programme.
For the first time, visitors in South India will now have the option of a same-day visa to the UK, said Thomas Greig, Regional Director (South Asia), UK Visas and Immigration.
The “super-priority” visa service is an optional service and incurs an additional fee. The fee for the service is £600 (Rs 57,000 at the current rate), plus the standard visa fee. Interested customers must fill up an online form and submit their applications, by appointment, before 9.30 am at the visa centre in Chennai.
Customers using this service will have their passport returned by 5.30 pm the same day.