You may be able to get a decision on your visa within 5 working days if you’ve sent your application by post and the payment has cleared.

If you’re applying for limited leave to remain (using Tier 4 or FLR forms for example) then you won’t be able to get a faster reply using this service.

You can also use this service to apply for a biometric residence permit (BRP) if you’re settled in the UK with no time limit.

Who can apply

You can only use this service if you made your application from within the UK and used one of the following forms:

  • SET (AF)
  • SET (F)
  • SET (LR)
  • SET (M)
  • SET (O) - apart from exceptions

SET(O) exceptions

If you use the SET(O) form you won’t get a faster reply if you’re:

  • a Tier 1 (Investor)
  • a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • a self-employed lawyer
  • a seaman
  • a Gurkha
  • a Turkish business person
  • an elderly dependant
  • someone whose case isn’t covered by immigration rules

If you’re applying for discretionary leave to remain or humanitarian protection you can only apply through the SET(O) form if you’re:

  • under the transitional arrangements to extend your discretionary leave after 3 years
  • applying to settle in the UK after 6 years discretionary leave


You must pay £400 per person, in addition to the application fee you’ve already paid.

How to apply

Download and fill in the request and payment forms.

Send them to the email address on the request form.

What happens next

Only the first 5 requests received each day between 8am and midday (Mondays to Thursdays only) are accepted.

You’ll get an email by 5pm the same day if you’ve been accepted.

If you’re accepted for the faster service

You must give your fingerprints and photo (biometric information) if you haven’t already done this.

You’ll be told if your application will take longer than 5 working days. This could happen if:

  • extra checks are needed
  • you need to go to a premium service centre in person - you’ll have to pay a £100 booking fee

Getting your documents back

Your documents and BRP will be sent to you separately within 7 to 10 days. You’ll need to sign for them.