24-Hour UK visa service to start in Thailand on March 31

March 26, 2015
UK to launch a 24-hour Super Priority Visa Service in Thailand

According to an announcement made by the UK VIS, the Super Priority Visa Service is an alternate service of first-class visas to aid the most urgent visit needs and will be made accessible to all travel visa applicants as well as some work visa categories. The SPVS system acts as a counterpart to the effective standard service and the existing five-day PVS. The PVS would now be made available for even more visitors.

The PVS for all travel and customers who do not wish for settlement takes approximately three to five working days and comes up to £100 in addition to the standard visa fee. The SPVS for all travel customers and some of the work categories would take 24 hours only and a slightly higher cost of  £600 over and above the standard visa fee. 

According to the promulgation, over 67,500 Thai citizens were given a visa or travel to the United Kingdom which was 13% more than in the year 2012. This robust increase emphasizes the fame of the UK as a popular destination for tourism, study, business and the strong bilateral ties between Thailand and the UK.

There are some other changes which will be incorporated to the visa. These include making the visit visa categories much simpler, from 15 varied routes to just four. There would be guidance provided on visit visa to facilitate the customers in comprehending which visa would work best for them. It would result in greater adaptability for visa customers as the new standard tourist visa would permit those touring on business purpose to use the same visa in order to travel to the UK as a visitor. This change will be implemented 24 April onwards.

Another change is the re-launch of the Select Business Scheme in April. This would result in a reduction in the number of documents business tourists would have to give along with their visa application in case they are travelling on business for a company backed by UK Trade and Investment.

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