From April 2015, South Africans will be able to apply for the UK’s super priority visa service that promises a visa decision within 24 hours.
The service, which is already available in China and India, costs £600 on top of standard visa application fees. It is aimed at business travelers and tourists who may wish to travel to Britain, but want to reduce the paperwork and avoid long waiting times.
Applicants must still meet the UK’s strict immigration requirements and the super priority visa service does not guarantee that a visa will be granted.
South Africa is one of a handful of countries that will gain access to these visas early next year. The other countries are Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and the Philippines. The UK government will also be offering the super priority option in Paris and New York.
Speaking about Britain’s long-term economic plans, Prime Minister David Cameron said of the service, “It will persuade more business travelers, 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.”
Roughly 100 Super Priority Visa applications are currently processed in China per month and between 50 and 60 are processed in India.
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