16 December 2013

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to refine the working visa application process.

Mr Harper: UK Visas and Immigration has done much to improve the flexibility and choice provided to our customers applying to work in the UK. We offer a range of premium services, including our three to five day priority visa service which is now available in over 60 countries and will be expanded to over 90 by next spring. Our same-day service in India is also available to business visitors and will be expanded to China next summer. We also offer VIP mobile enrolment in China and the US, allowing senior executives to submit their applications and biometric information at their place of work.

We also offer support to businesses in the UK wishing to sponsor an overseas worker, including the new business helpdesk which provides a single point of contact for their immigration queries. Employers may also opt for Premium Customer Service, offering personalised account management and a priority service on post-licence casework.

Hansard reference HC Deb, 16 December 2013, c391W)