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UKVI to launch Priority Visa service for settlement applications in Africa

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UK Visas & Immigration will enhance its visa service in Africa by extending the existing Priority Visa service to those applying to settle in the UK.

UK Visas & Immigration will enhance its visa service in Africa by extending the existing Priority Visa service to those applying to settle in the UK.

Feedback has told us that many customers in Africa who apply for a settlement visa would like the option of faster processing. We have listened to this, and introducing the new Priority Visa service will provide this option. This is part of our continued efforts to improve the visa application process and provide our customers with greater flexibility and a wider range of added value visa products. Eligible customers applying to settle in the UK can now opt to purchase a Priority Visa service to have their application fast tracked. UK Visas & Immigration’s published service target for standard settlement applications is 60 working days. Use of this Priority Visa service guarantees that your application will be placed at the front of the queue for processing ahead of others. The Priority Visa service for settlement applicants costs £360 in addition to the visa fee. The service is available to customers across Africa who are applying to settle in the UK under family migration routes where a full settlement visa fee is payable. The service will be operational from 6 April 2015.

Use of this service does not in any way imply or guarantee that an application will be successful. All applicants must meet the requirements of the relevant UK Immigration Rules.

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