New Delhi, April 19: For people who need to travel urgently to the UK, the country’s Immigration and Visa service has announced an extension of super priority visa service to Pune and Bengaluru. It’s an optional service and adds to the list of three cities already on the list: Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. The service allows the applicant to jump the proverbial queue and his application gets processed the same day if he has submitted all the relevant documents and fee.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of UK visas being granted to Indians. In 2017, till September, 517,000 UK visas were granted to Indians. The number of visit visas grew by a decent 11 percent. The number of work visas was 53,000, a number that still reflected that more Indians get work visas in the UK than the other nationalities combined, says a report by ANI.

British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith said, “I welcome the Indian students’ choice of taking advantage of the UK’s world-beating higher education. Our visa service for Indians is as good as any other on offer. Some 90 percent of applicants get the visa and 99 percent of those are processed within our target time of 15 working days.” “I want more Indians to see the UK as their partner country, whether for business, tourism, study or work.,” he said.

Currently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the UK to attend Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM). He also mentioned how the Indian community there brings the countries together during his talks with his British counterpart Theresa May.

In UK, Modi also attended a diaspora event. At Central Hall, Westminster, he held “Bharat ki Baat Sabke Saath”, a globally broadcast live event, which was well received. Modi will be in the UK till April 20 before he leaves for Germany. In Germany, the Prime Minister would meet Chancellor Angela Merkel before leaving for India.