020 3372 5125 Email us today
Enquire today

The sense of certainty is invaluable, especially when it comes where we will live and work.  For those waiting for decisions on UK visa applications, however, the wait can be deeply unnerving, as they are unable to make firm plans regarding their future.  The standard processing times for immigration visa decisions, depending on the type being applied for, maybe as long as 6 months (for Indefinite Leave to Remain), or even more if the matter does not progress smoothly.  There is another way, however. For an additional fee, the Super Priority Service can remove the wait almost entirely. In this article, we will outline the options available, who can use this service, the process and costs, and how fast you can expect to receive a decision.

What is the Super Priority Service?

The new Super Priority Service is a ‘user-pays’ visa application option (within the UK), which was launched at the end of 2018.  The application process is handled by the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) (by a third-party company called Sopra Steria) and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).  There are two priority services available:

  • Priority service – for £500 + the standard application fee, a decision will be received within 5 working days of your appointment with UKVCAS.
  • Super-priority service – for £800 + the standard application fee, the super-priority service provides a decision by the end of the next working day following your appointment with UKVCAS.

Not all visa applicants are eligible for priority application services; those that are (currently) include (but are not limited to) those seeking:

  • A tier 2 visa
  • A tier 4 visa
  • A dependant visa for tier 1, 2, 4 or 5 visa holders
  • Leave to remain in the UK (under family or private life)

You will be required to attend a meeting at a UKVCAS service point, where you will be asked to provide your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph), and provide any supporting documentation to be digitally scanned for your application.  This will then be sent to UKVI to process your application.  

While most people do tend to receive a decision within the timeframe requested, it should be noted that there is no guarantee of this.  As such, if time is of the essence, consider seeking the services of an immigration Solicitor who will do all they can to overcome any barriers to receiving a quick and positive decision, and alert you of any possible challenges which need to be addressed.

When can I arrange an appointment with UKVCAS?

There are a range of appointment options available to applicants:

  • Out of hours
  • Next day
  • Same day

Each of these services are subject to availability and incur an additional fee, from £100 per person in addition to the standard appointment fee.  It may be that your preferred service point has early availability of appointment slots, negating the need to pay extra for same or next day services, and hence saving you money.  Regardless of which appointment service you choose, you will need to pay £19.20 to enrol your biometric information.

How will I receive my SPS visa decision?

Once a decision is made, you will typically receive an email (if approved) within the priority or super-priority service timescale, followed by a formal letter explaining the outcome (whether approved or declined).  If there is a problem with your application, you will be contacted within the timescale to discuss the matter. It is important to understand that the next day or within 5 working days decision targets will only apply a) from the date of your UKVCAS appointment and b) if your application is complete.  Any ommissions which need to be rectified may extend the decision timeframe.

If applying for UK residence, you will typically receive your biometric residence permit (BRP) within 7 to 10 days of the decision being made.

How do I make my application using SPS?

When making your online visa application, one of the final stages (payment) provides the option to choose the standard or priority service.  This will then show the full application cost in addition to the SPS fee. Once the payment has been made, and the application accepted, you will then be given a list of additional tasks which must be completed, including booking your appointment, and preparing the necessary documents.  It is recommended to ensure your evidence/documents are scanned and uploaded before the appointment to avoid any delays (and take all originals with you to your appointment).

Summing up

The availability of the super-priority service can provide great certainty for individuals seeking to live and work in the UK.  If time is truly of the essence for your application, it is crucial that no mistakes are made during the process; even a small oversight may mean you need to wait longer for a decision.  A specialist UK immigration Solicitor can take care of the process for you, ensuring that every stage is completed to the standard required of UKVCAS and UKVI, and will accompany you to your appointment.  This provides the ultimate peace of mind that your visa application is fully in hand and you are closer to being able to continue the next stage of your life in the UK.

If you require advice on any of the issues mentioned in this article, please call us on 020 3372 5125 to make an appointment.

Please call us on 020 3372 5125 or get an online consultation




    Contact our experts in Paralegal
    Paralegal
    For legal advice
    call us today
    020 3372 5125
    Or complete our online enquiry form to make an appointment




      What Our Clients
      Say About Us
      Testimonials
      Dealing with Rakhi was more like having In house counsel than hiring a law firm
      So Rakhi Singal of RVS has just handled my divorce, it was a very complex case and I came to Rakhi at the very last minute on a friend’s recommendation. My case was a mess and I stood to lose everything.

      Dealing with Rakhi was more like having In-House counsel than hiring a law firm, she does not approach her clients as a cash machine like many law firms do, she works with you to manage and minimise your costs and de-escalate conflict rather than throw wood on the fire.

      She took a huge personal interest in my case, she was always available on the phone, very quick to respond to emails and is very honest and trustworthy.

      My ex had huge spending power and used a team of high profile solicitors against me, Rakhi literally saved me from complete ruin and helped me get a very fair deal with me spending 6 times less than my ex on legal fees.

      Thank you, my new family and I will be forever grateful!!!!
      What Our Clients
      Say About Us
      Testimonials
      Rakhi’s passion for her profession supersedes the norm
      On dealing with a very stressful and emotional situation involving my young child. I was personally directed to Rakhi Singal. From the very outset of my situation, Rakhi identified the immediate difficulties I faced and offered me a sympathetic and rational approach to my situation, ensuring that she had a full understanding of my issues and concerns. Rakhi’s approach to my case was monumental and customary to my needs and that of my child, which was a fundamental point for me.

      The communication and support I received in and outside of court was nothing short of extraordinary. Rakhi’s passion for her profession supersedes the norm and is clearly demonstrated through her results.
      What Our Clients
      Say About Us
      Testimonials
      Really impressed with Rakhi’s dedication to our case
      Could not be more pleased with the results!

      I approached RVS solicitors as they were highly recommended and now I completely understand why. Soon as I contacted Rakhi I knew I wanted to use her, she was so professional and easy to get along with. I was faced with clients who were refusing the pay invoices, Rakhi immediately reassured me that she was able to help me and recoup these costs. She dealt with the whole process very professionally.

      Really impressed with Rakhi’s dedication to our case and her knowledge and experience on dealing with the case. She communicated with us throughout the process, providing me with regular updates. Thank you so much, I cannot vouch for her work enough and RAW Invites are happy for you to continue to act for all their matters in the future.
      What Our Clients
      Say About Us
      Testimonials
      Very detailed advice, friendly and approachable
      Excellent service for my wife's spousal visa from Lusine: very detailed advice, friendly and approachable. Also flexible in contact by email and provided an excellent cover letter.
      What Our Clients
      Say About Us
      Testimonials
      She is professional, intelligent, hard worker and cheerful!
      I highly recommend Dr. Lusine Navasardyan, as she is professional, intelligent, hard worker and cheerful, she helped us from the beginning of our case until the very end, when she prepared a strong bundle with over 385 pages, which helped us get a successful victory in our Asylum case . I strongly recommend her as I really appreciate all the professional work that she has done . Many thanks to her.
      What Our Clients
      Say About Us
      Testimonials
      She has been very professional and a reliable person
      Dr. Lusine has been working on my case. She has been very professional and a reliable person. She was always attending to my queries and she has always been very friendly throughout my case.
      What Our Clients
      Say About Us
      Testimonials
      She is very professional while creating a friendly and comforting relationship with her clients
      I am very happy with the level and quality of service I got from Dr. Lusine Navasardyan. She is very professional while creating a friendly and comforting relationship with her clients. The service from Lusine was professional,efficient and well organised. Lusine worked extremely hard at resolving my all issues while getting the best result.
      Latest News