VFS Global Issues Update On Changes to Priority Services For UK Visas From July 15


VFS Global, the official partner of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) on Friday issued an update and announced changes to the availability of Priority Services (PV) for new visit visa applications.

In the update, VFS Global said that starting today (July 15th), the volume of PV appointments will be reduced to enable UKVI to process more standard applications and gradually reduce the overall processing time for all customers.

Please note that PV appointments for new visit visa applications must be purchased online during the appointment booking process and cannot be purchased in the Visa Application Centre or retrospectively. SPV appointments can be purchased online during the appointment booking process, VFS Further added.

It must be noted that the Priority and Super Priority services for new study, work, and family applications are still suspended. UKVI will continue to monitor this situation and will offer updates whenever these services are ready to restart.

changes to the Priority Visa services offered by UKVI

However, both Priority (PV) and Super Priority Services (SPV) is available for all other categories of the United Kingdom visas;

UK Visa Priority Service

If you verify your identity at a visa application centre and the service is available in the country from which you are applying, you can select the ‘priority service’ option when applying. This service will be charged you extra. And you will get a decision within 5 working days of your appointment at the visa application centre.

UK Visa Super Priority Service

UK Visas and Immigration intends to make a decision on your super priority visa application and contact you by the end of the next working day after you provide your biometric information.

UK Visas and Immigration Update Processing Times

The UKVI recently revised visa processing times for a variety of visa categories, including Visits, Transit, Study, Work, and Family Visas. The updated processing time for popular visas and services of UKVI will be as following;

Visa TypeWaiting Time
Visit the UK6 Weeks
Travelling through the UK6 Weeks
Study in the UK3 weeks
Work or invest in the UK5 Weeks
Join the family in the UK24 weeks 
Returning residents3 weeks
Replacing biometric residence permits3 weeks
Transfer your visa from your passport3 weeks
Certificate of entitlement3 weeks

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Manish Khandelwal
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Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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