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On the first day of his trade mission to India, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced details of a new ‘super priority’ visa service to enable Indian frequent travellers to have their UK visas processed in just one day.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) confirmed that the new fast track visa scheme will start in March and will be available at application centres in Delhi and Mumbai.

The new service has been set up following ‘feedback’ from prominent Indian business people, who complained about slow processing and the negative experience of having to visit visa centres, and will run alongside the current priority and standard visa services.

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The UKBA said:

“It is easier than ever before for Indian nationals to apply for a visa, with UKBA operating 12 visa application centres across India, more application centres than any other country.

“This service does not replace the process for expediting visas on compassionate grounds.”

Last week Mr Cameron said that prospective Indian students will be “incredibly welcome” if they come to the UK to study and work.

The news follows last month’s announcement of a simplified UK tourist visa process to encourage more visitors from China. 

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  1. […] New super priority visa service for India announced […]

  2. This is all about misleading innocent people who come here in uk for higher education.They promote in india about universities with lots of advertisements in all the major news papers.They dont tell anybody that they dont recognise degrees from private or american universities and yet they issue visa to students.Students who have no idea about their policies come here and after finishing their course they come to know that tens of thousands of pounds they spent on their education has no value.Another thing is they take admission in a college and that college is taken off from the list of ukba approved college they have to find another college but there is no guarantee if that college’s gonna be on the list or not for next year.Its UKBA’s responsibility if to check the institution before offering visa why to blame students if the colleges are closed or taken off from their list.end of the day poor students have to pay the price.and the response from the UKBA is they will not help you you just pack your bags and go back home.I want to know if these universities and colleges degrees have no value than why to issue visa at the first place.they are playing a very dangerous game with the lives of innocent students who come here to study and make their career and left with loosing money and precious years of their lives.I am one of them but nobody’s gonna raise this issue and people like me will have to suffer.

  3. I sympathise with your case, but should point out that Mr Cameron said last week that there were 40,000 Indian students studying in the UK, so many Indian students are getting Tier 4 visas. The Tier 4 Rules are very clear.
    See also: Indian students ‘welcome’ says Prime Minister David Cameron, but nobody told the UKBA

  4. baljit singh says : is all about cheating with innocent indian student who want to go uk for higher study.what mr camron said is all about lie.i am a double graduate.i applied for uk master degree program .i got admission in good university in uk.but uk boarder agency refused my visa application because visa officer office felt that money is neither me nor my mother which i showed in my application.but money is deposited in my mother account from last ten year in the shape of fixed officer did not belive on my words and refused my visa.I request to all indian student do not waste their time and money to apply uk student visa .uk boarder agency will not grant visa to genuine student.What mr camron said just a trap .be aware for another country for your hight education

  5. If you read the article you will note that people from India need a VISA. EU citizens do not.

  6. Ovidiu says :

    Well, I can see how UK immigration policies are not biased at all, they are fair to all people of the world. Thank you David Cameron for showing that you are not biased at all in your immigration policies. This is a fair country for everyone in it, except second hand EU nationals.

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