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.
The UK has a long tradition of Indian immigration and investment, with the UK’s richest man, billionaire Laksmi Mittal residing in London.
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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