Applying from inside the UK
You may be able to pay for a faster decision on a visa or settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) application if you’re applying from inside the UK.
You can only pay for a faster decision on certain visas.
To get a decision within 5 working days
If you’re eligible you can choose the ‘priority service’ when you apply. It costs £500 in addition to the application fee.
You’ll get a decision within 5 working days. The time starts from either:
- the day of your appointment, if you prove your identity at a UK Visa and Citizen Application Services (UKVCAS) appointment centre
- the working day after you finished uploading your documents, if you use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app
You’ll be told whether you can prove your identity at a UKVCAS centre or using the app when you apply.
To get a decision by the end of the next working day
If you’re eligible you can choose the ‘super priority service’ when you apply. It costs £800 in addition to the application fee.
You cannot use the ‘super priority service’ if you apply using the UK Immigration: ID Check App to confirm your identity.
A decision will be made:
- by the end of the next working day after your appointment, if your appointment is on a weekday
- 2 working days after your appointment, if your appointment is at the weekend or on a bank holiday
Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.
After you’ve applied
You’ll get an email followed by a decision letter (either in the post or by email).
If your application is approved, the email will let you know the outcome. If your application is refused, the outcome will not be mentioned in the email.
When you might wait longer for a decision
You might wait longer for a decision if you need to provide more information. You’ll be told how and when to provide it.
When you’ll get your biometric residence permit
You’ll usually receive your biometric residence permit (BRP) within 7 to 10 days of your decision. If it does not arrive, you can report your missing BRP online.
Your BRP will be sent to the address you gave in your application. You need to update your address before your application is approved if you want it sent elsewhere.