Wealthy foreign tourists and business people to be given fast track British visa
Posted on November 15, 2014
Wealthy foreign tourists and businessmen and women will be offered a 24 hour fast track visa service to encourage them to come to Britain, David Cameron has announced.
Ahead of his visit to Australia for the G20 summit, Mr Cameron announced that the scheme will be extended from India and China to seven other countries including South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and the Philippines.
The fast-track visa service will also be extended to New York in a move which will appeal to US bankers and executives, and also be offered in Paris.
Mr Cameron said that the visa service, which costs foreigners £600 to use, is “good news for British business and tourism” and will help attract greater investment.
It comes as the government is struggling to meet its target to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands” by 2015.
Mr Cameron 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.
“We are already taking action on that front including cutting corporation tax to the lowest rate in the G7 but we’ve got to keep listening to business about what more we can do to support them. And this new 24 hour service is another way we can help – it 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.”
The Prime Minister’s visit to Australia begins tomorrow, when he will address 150 business leaders with Tony Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister. He will use the opportunity to promote British engineering companies and consultancy firms looking to play a key part in Australia’s infrastructure plans.
He will then travel to Canberra to address the Australian Parliament on Friday, before heading to Brisbane for the summit itself.
The focus for Britain will be on helping secure EU trade deals with the US, as well encouraging other major economies to tackle their deficits amid growing concerns about the state of Eurozone economies.
He will also hold a meeting with Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, when he is expected to confront him over further incursions in the Ukraine. Mr Cameron has warned that Russia’s actions risk taking the World to the brink of a new Cold War.
Britain also wants to secure more support in the battle against islamic state terrorists in Syria and Iraq, as well as press other countries to do more to tackle Ebola.
The new “Super Priority Visa Service” – already on offer in China and India – guarantees a decision on visa applications within 24 hours.
It is being rolled out in foreign cities where there is a high demand for travel to Britain. The UK is the second most visited destination for travellers from the UAE, who spend an average of £2,486 per visit. Last year 75,000 Thai tourists spent a total of £117million in Britain.
All applicants must meet the strict requirements of our immigration rules and applying for a visa to enter the UK through the 24 hour service does not in any way guarantee a visa application will be successful.
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