New fast-track UK visa for Emiratis available in 24 hours
Posted on November 26, 2014
A new fast-track 24-hour visa service for UAE nationals travelling to the UK is now available, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced.
The UAE was one of seven countries that were included in an expansion of the Super Priority Visa Service that’s already available in India and China, where demand has been averaging 50 to 60 applications per month and over 100 per month respectively.
The service is aimed at business leaders, investors and wealthy tourists who need to travel urgently, and is part of the government’s efforts to attract more investment in Britain.
Welcoming the roll-out of the 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.
“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.”
Each visa application will cost £600 ($940) and those applying must meet the strict requirements of the UK’s immigration rules. An application through the 24 hour service does not in any way guarantee a visa application will be successful.
Other countries included in the expanded Super Priority Visa Service are South Africa, Thailand, Philippines, as well as the cities of New York and Paris.