Applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa who are in a hurry to obtain decisions of their applications can now avail of the Priority Visa Service (PV).
According to the new rules, applicants who opt to file their application using this feature are assured that their application will be placed at the front of the queue, ahead of all the applicants who filed in the conventional manner.
The UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa applicant who files under the PV scheme are guaranteed that the UKVI will aim to process their applications within 5-7 working days.
ECO-Friendly explains that at present, the UKVI’s official policy on the processing days of any type of settlement visa, be it a UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa or any other UK Settlement Visa is 60 working days or more than two (2) months.
The new scheme, which is available in both the Manila and Cebu receiving offices of the UK Embassy, entails an additional payment of Php32,400 in addition to the present Visa Fee of US$1,386.
Payments for this additional service may either be in the form of cash, paid over the counter when the applicant files the actual application at the UK Embassy’s receiving office, or may likewise be paid online.
According to the UKVI website, “…Customers using the PV service when applying for a settlement visa are asked to ensure that they provide the following documents at the time of submission, failure to do so will mean that your application will not be processed within the specified 10 working days:"
Spouse/civil partner and marriage:
- CENOMAR – for applicant and also for sponsor (if Filipino)
- Death certificate – if previous husband/wife is deceased
- Birth certificate – for applicant
- Death certificate – if other parent is deceased
“Full terms and conditions of the PV service are in the Applicant Declaration which customers who wish to use this service must read, print off, sign and bring to the VAC with their application,” according to the website.