For investors and business owners seeking to extend their UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas, Home Office processing delays can be more than just frustrating — they can be costly. For individuals who find themselves in this situation, there is an option: the Super Premium Service offered at certain UK visa centres. For a fee, applicants can often get a decision on their visa-extension application within 24 hours.
Dhruti Thakrar, Partner and Head of Immigration at Ally Law member firm Edwin Coe LLP, described a recent situation:
“A client telephoned me in desperation. He told me that he filed his application for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension more than 6 months ago but had still not received a decision. He was vaguely told by his solicitor it would take about 8-12 weeks for a decision on his case. The solicitor is forgiven in this regard, as it can be notoriously difficult to judge how long they might take to make a decision in a particular case. That said, the Home Office has become extremely slow in making decisions with regard to some Tier 1 Entrepeneur visa extensions.”
Unfortunately, the client had not been informed by his solicitor that the Super Premium service could have expedited the application process, enabling him to attend to business and residency concerns in the UK and Dubai without delay. While the service comes at a hefty price tag — £10,500 — that amount can be shared by up to 10 applicants.
For more information about the UK Home Office’s Super Premium service, please contact your Ally Law lawyer.