From 24 June, customers in Sri Lanka who apply for a UK visitor visa can request for a brand new ‘Fast Track’ visa service. For an additional fee of LKR 10,000 (including taxes), the Home Office will expedite the visa application and return the documents in 5 working days.
Customers may request this service if they are applying for a visitor visa (excluding student visas) and have travelled without difficulty in the last five years to UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or a Schengen country.
Customers can book an appointment online by visiting ww.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
Customers are advised to schedule an appointment in advance as there is a limited allocation of Fast Track slots each day. Customers with a normal online appointment may avail a Fast Track service without a separate appointment only if there are unallocated slots available.
For further information about Fast Track including terms and conditions and guaranteed processing time, log on to: www.vfs-uk-lk.com
Using the Fast Track service does not guarantee that the visa application will be successful. All applicants must meet the requirements of the UK’s Immigration Rules.
If a customer has been refused a visa for any one of the countries mentioned above or overstayed their visa to the UK or been removed or otherwise been required to leave the UK, the processing of the application is likely to take longer than 5 working days. (Colombo Gazette)