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UK launches new 24-hour Super Priority Visa Service in Istanbul
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On 16 March 2015 UK Visas & Immigration will launch a new 24-hour Super Priority Visa Service in Istanbul
The introduction of the Super Priority Visa Service in Istanbul will give customers, applying for most visit or work visas, the option to apply, receive a decision and collect their documents within24 hours.
In addition from 16 March applicants for all visit visas and most work routes will be able to use the paid for Priority Service, which gives customers a visa decision between 3 to 5 days. The service costs £100.
Extending the Super Priority Visa Service to Istanbul is another example of how the UK is leading the world in the provision of premium visa services for those coming to the UK to visit or work.
Welcoming the introduction of the Super Priority Visa Service in Istanbul, the Prime Minister said:
As part of our long-term economic plan, we are determined to do everything we can to back business, support investment and create jobs. The new 24 hour visa service will persuade more business travellers, investors and tourists to visit Britain, to trade with Britain and to expand in Britain.
This is good news for British business and tourism, helping us to build a more resilient economy and secure a brighter future for Britain.
Simon Hayes, UKVI International Director said:
I am delighted to see the Super Priority Visa Service being launched in Istanbul. This underlines our strong commitment to continuous improvement of our service and our offer to customers. We hope this new service will be particularly useful for business people who will be able to pursue short notice opportunities more easily.
HMA Richard Moore, British Ambassador to Turkey said:
Pleased that we are launching Super Priority Visa Service for visa applicants in Istanbul. Expect new service to be particularly useful for business as opportunities often arise at short notice.
The service costs an additional £600 and is available to customers applying in one of the following immigration routes:
- Tourist and short stay visit visas for those with authority to live in Turkey
- Points Based System Tier 2 applicants with authority to live in Turkey
- Points Based System Tier 5 applicants with authority to live in Turkey
Appointments are available Monday to Thursday from 08:30 until 09:30am. Once an application has been submitted at the Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, applications will be processed and a decision made in the usual way. Customers will then be able to collect their documents from 09:00 the next working day.
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