UK Visas & Immigration launch a 24-hour Super Priority Visa Service at the UK Visa Application Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan

Extending the Super Priority Visa Service to Astana is another example of how the UK is leading the world in the provision of premium visa services for those coming to the UK to visit or work.

CROYDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 6: A foreign passport is stamped with the coveted "Indefinite leave to enter the United Kingdom" permit is displayed April 6, 2004 in Croydon, England. British Prime Minister Tony Blair will today host a crisis summit on immigration with senior government colleagues following speculation surrounding the resignation of immigration minister Beverley Hughes last week. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

The new service, which costs £750 in addition to the visa and User Pays fee, is aimed at those who want extra speed and flexibility. It is completely optional. The service can be used to apply for long term, multi-entry visas, valid for up to ten years, and also for long term study and work visas.

Welcoming the introduction of the Super Priority Visa Service, the Prime Minister said:

As part of our long-term economic plan, we are determined to do everything we can to back business, support investment and create jobs. The new 24 hour visa service will persuade more business travellers, investors and tourists to visit Britain, to trade with Britain and to expand in Britain.

This is good news for British business and tourism, helping us to build a more resilient economy and secure a brighter future for Britain.

Dr Carolyn Browne, UK Ambassador to Kazakhstan said:

Last year UKVI issued over 15 thousands UK visas for Kazakhstani citizens. I’m sure that this new service, in addition to the existing services which include both routine and priority visa tracks, will contribute to a further increase in Kazakhstanis choosing to visit the UK. The premium service which we are launching at this very special time – the Nauryz festival – is another step in strengthening our bilateral relationship and people-to-people links.


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