UK resumes priority visa services

The UK has reopened some of its priority visa services, allowing incoming international students to pay extra for a faster decision on their application ahead of the new academic year in September. 

The priority visa and super priority visa services for students resumed on August 12, meaning applicants who are prepared to pay more could now receive their visas in as quickly as 24 hours. 

The government suspended this service without prior warning in March, saying at the time that it was prioritising processing visas for Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK.

Months of visa delays followed, causing some students to miss their university start dates.

Stakeholders have welcomed the latest announcement, with agents believing that the change has come just in time for the upcoming academic year. 

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