UK govt extends 24-hr visa service to Pune, Bengaluru

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 21 April 2018

“Apparently, India was the first country to receive this service in 2013 and now once again the cities receive this first class visa service,” said Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes.

PUNE: To support the UK-India technology partnership, the UK government has extended its 24-hour visa service, Super Priority Visa (SPV) to Pune and Bengaluru. This means that Indians can get a visa decision in 24 hours or less than that.

The announcement was made on Thursday, which will give customers the opportunity to receive a visa decision within 24 hours or less if needed. “Apparently, India was the first country to receive this service in 2013 and now once again the cities receive this first class visa service,” said Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes.

SPV is an optional service for customers in India, who need to travel to the UK urgently. After Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai, now this service has been extended to Pune and Bengaluru.

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.

The extension of this service aims to support the UK-India Technology Partnership, which will include establishing ‘tech clusters’ in these strategically important cities. This brings the number of locations Indian nationals can use the SPV service to five, supporting the ‘Living Bridge’ between the two countries and facilitating the movement of talent in key sectors.

This announcement is part of a wider package of measures from UKVI, as it seeks to transform and improve the visa service, including greater use of digital technology and additional optional services to improve customers experience.

During 2017, over 5,25,000 Indian nationals were granted a UK visa, a 10 per cent increase from 2016. By end of 2017, UKVI granted 52,500 Tier 2 skilled work visas, more than all other countries combined. 

The UK welcomes Indian students, who want to study at its world-leading educational institutions. By end of 2017, 14,500 Tier 4 student visas were granted, a 27 per cent increase over last year.

ABOUT SPV SERVICE
- 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. 
- Customers in Pune and Bengaluru can apply for SPV from May 1, 2018.
- Further information on the SPV service can be found on https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/india/user_pay_services.html#application-and...

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