The United Kingdom’s Home Office is once again allowing applicants for certain visas (including Skilled Worker, Intra Company and Student visas) and Indefinite Leave to Remain decisions to pay for faster decisions on their applications.

Key Points

  • Applicants who are inside the U.K. may be able to receive a faster decision on their visa or settlement application.
  • Eligible applicants can choose priority service, which returns a decision within five working days of the applicant’s U.K. Visa and Citizen Application Services (UKVCAS) appointment. In addition to the application fee, applicants must pay £500 for the priority service.
  • A super priority option is available for eligible applicants at a cost of £800 in addition to the application fee. Under this option, decisions are made by the end of the next working day after the UKVCAS appointment if the appointment takes place Monday through Friday or two working days after the UKVCAS appointment if it is a weekend appointment.
  • Applicants are notified of the decision by email or through the mail.
  • Only certain visas are eligible for expedited decisions at this time because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Information: In some cases, decisions may be delayed if additional information from the applicant is needed. Applicants should receive a biometric residence permit seven to 10 days after their decision.

Analysis & Comments: Individuals interested in an expedited decision should contact their Deloitte professional to check if their visa is eligible for the service and to gather the required documentation for a successful, faster decision.

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