The changes include an expansion of the Super Priority and Priority Services to include more applicants, the roll out of a simplified online application, and additional Visa Application Centres (VACs) are opening.
Expansion of Super Priority and Priority Service Options
Previously, the Super Priority and Priority Services were only offered to applicants who had successfully travelled to the UK and other specified countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or a Schengen country) within the past five years; however, these new changes now allow first time applicants to file visa applications using these expedited processing options.
Super Priority Service provides same day application processing and is available for applicants in India filing for:
- Visitor visas – now including first-time travellers (except overseas domestic workers or short term students)
- Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (ICT), Tier 5 (Sportspeople and Entertainers), and dependent visas (provided the primary applicant has a valid visa)
- 6 month or 2 year multiple entry visas (except student visas)
Super Priority Service is available at certain VACs throughout India for an additional fee of GBP £600 on top of the standard visa application fees.