From 12 August 2013, if you are applying for a settlement visa to the UK from New Zealand, you can have your visa application fast tracked by using the UK Home Office’s optional priority visa service.

The new priority service aims to process all settlement priority visa applications within 10 working days of when they arrive at the hub visa processing centre in Manila, The Philippines (excluding transit times for the documents).

The priority service represents a good upgrade from the normal service which has a service delivery timescale of 12 weeks.