UK extends 24-hour visa service to Pune, Bengaluru

ANI | Updated: Apr 19, 2018 22:02 IST

New Delhi, [India] Apr 19 (ANI): UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) services on Thursday announced an extension of Super Priority Visa service (SPV) to Pune and Bengaluru.

The decision will help Indians get a visa decision in 24 hours or less.

It will act as an optional service for citizens in India who need to travel to UK on urgent basis.

"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," stated an official British High Commission release.

Other than Pune and Bengaluru this specialized service would also be available in Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.

"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," said Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes.

Nokes also said that India is the "first country in the world to receive this service in 2013."

The British High Commission, in the release also stated 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 announcement is part of a wider package of measures from UKVI as it seeks to bring about a marked improvement of its visa service, which includes greater use of digital technology and additional optional services for customers.(ANI)

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