UKBA'S NEW SUPER PREMIUM SERVICE FOR VISA

posted 3 May 2011, 07:17 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 3 May 2011, 07:52 ]
3rd May 2011

You can use the super premium service if you are applying to extend your stay in the UK under one of the following immigration categories:

  • Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 of the points-based system; or
  • categories using application forms FLR(M), FLR(BID) and FLR(BUS).

All of the above categories require you to obtain a biometric residence permit (formerly known as an identity card for foreign nationals) as part of your application to extend your stay.

You can also use the service if you are applying to transfer your residence permit to a new passport using application form TOC.

The super premium service is not currently available to customers applying for an extension under a category that does not result in a biometric residence permit, or applying for permanent residency or citizenship.

The fee for the service is £6,000 (plus the appropriate public enquiry office fee for that service. We will limit this facility to a maximum of four main applicants and a maximum of ten persons per visit.

Super Premium Service Facilities

In addition to standard services around considering an application and making a decision, the super premium service provides a number of additional facilities.

Your application forms and documentation will be collected by a Government Mail courier.

UKBA's officers will visit you to enrol your biometric information (fingerprints, photograph and signature):

  • at a location of your choosing; and
  • at a convenient time and date for you (between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday), with a minimum of 48 hours' notice following initial contact.

The UKBA will make a decision on your application within 24 hours of the biometric enrollment.

Applying for Super Premium Service

If you want to use this service, you should initially phone 020 8196 3893 or 020 8196 3892 to register your application. You will receive further instructions, and will be asked for additional information. You must not submit your application form until you have received further instructions.

When you phone one of the numbers above, you must be ready to provide the following information:

  • your full name, date of birth, nationality, address and (if known) Home Office reference number;
  • the full name, date of birth, nationality, address and (if known) Home Office reference number of any dependants included on your application;
  • the name, organisation, address and contact details of your representative (if you have one);
  • contact details for the collection of your application form;
  • the address and contact details for the biometric enrolment visit;
  • the parking facilities available at the location for the biometric enrolment visit; and
  • the facilities available for setting up equipment at the location for the biometric enrolment visit (see below).

If you want your biometric information to be enrolled at a residential address, you will need to provide details of any residents other than you and your dependants.

If you want your biometric information to be enrolled at an organisation's address, you will need to provide the name of the organisation.

The mobile enrolment of biometric information uses a range of equipment, so the location for the visit will need to have:

  • a private room with good light (either natural or electric lighting);
  • a power supply; and
  • a table or desk where equipment can be placed.
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