The Home Office has today launched a super priority, same day service for visa applicants based in India.

The service was first announced by Prime Minister David Cameron during his recent visit to India; it is the first service of its kind to be launched anywhere in the world by the Home Office.

The super priority visa service will be available from today (15 May 2013), and customers wishing to access the service can therefore start making their appointments immediately. Applicants must attend an appointment between 8am and 9.30am, Monday to Friday, in order to be able to obtain their visa on the same day. The new service is available to customers applying for a 6 month or 2 year multiple entry visitor visa.

At present, the new service will only be available for visa applications made in Delhi and Mumbai. However, there are plans to introduce the service at the visa application centre in Chennai in the near future.

Sir James Bevan, the British High Commissioner to India is quoted as saying:

‘I am delighted to see the Super Priority Visa service being launched in India before any other country. For the first time, Indian visitors will now have the option of a same-day visa to the UK. This underlines our strong commitment to make an already excellent visa service even better. We expect this new service to be particularly useful for business. Opportunities arise at short notice. We want Indian entrepreneurs and businessmen to be able to seize these. The UK and India are already on course to double bilateral trade by 2015. The new Super Priority Visa will help make sure that we hit this target’.