Get a faster decision on your visa or settlement application

You may be able to pay for a faster decision on a visa or settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) application if you’re applying in the UK.

Whether you can pay for a faster decision depends on which visa you’re applying for. Read the guidance for the visa you’re applying for to check whether you can get a faster decision.

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.

A decision will be made within 5 working days of your UK Visa and Citizen Application Services (UKVCAS) appointment.

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.

A decision will be made:

  • by the end of the next working day after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is on a weekday
  • 2 working days after your UKVCAS appointment if your appointment is at the weekend

Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.

What happens next

You’ll get an email when a decision has been made, followed by a decision letter in the post.

The email will only give you the outcome of your application if it’s been approved. If it’s refused, you will not find out until you get your letter.

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. If you want it to be sent elsewhere, you need to update your address before your decision is made.

When you might wait longer

You might wait longer for a decision if you need to provide more information. You’ll be told how and when to provide it.