In Jamaica

user Pay Services

The services mentioned here are optional. To use them, you will need to pay an extra fee in addition to the visa application fee. All fees with the exception of photocopying and printing services may be paid online. Applicants also have the option to pay for their desired user pay services at our Visa Application Centre. To pay this extra fee online click here The User Pay services on offer in Jamaica are:

Priority visa service

Available in Jamaica

Price: GBP 184 for each priority visa application.

This service allows you to have your visa application placed at the front of the queue, once it is received by the UK Visas and Immigration Services Decision Making Centre (DMC) in Kingston, so that processing commences ahead of other visa applications. Your dependents can also apply for this service at the same time as you but they will also have to pay an additional priority service fee.

Important note: This service does not imply or guarantee in any way that by using the priority service you will be successful in your visa application. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK immigration rules.

Who can apply?

This service is available for all visa categories with the exception of: Tier 1 exceptional talent, Settlement, EEA Family Permit and Overseas and Commonwealth visa applications. EEA Family Permit applicants are not required to purchase priority services. EEA Family Permit applications are considered priority, free of any additional charge

Applicants should be aware that they may experience extended processing times if any of the following factors apply:

  • You have previously been refused a visa for the UK;
  • You have previously been refused leave to enter the UK;
  • You have previously been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK;
  • You have overstayed a period of leave in the UK;
  • You have been refused leave to remain in the UK by the UK Visas Immigration;
  • You have any unspent criminal convictions in any country.

If any of the above applies to you, you are strongly advised not to apply for the Priority Visa Service. You should also not apply for this service if you are applying for a visa to a Commonwealth country or British overseas territory.

If any of the above factors apply, please note that your visa application will continue to be handled as a priority and processed ahead of other visa applications but your visa application may be identified as an exceptional case and processing may take longer. UK Visas and Immigration strongly recommends that visa applicants with any form of adverse immigration history do not use this service.

How to apply for this service

  • Complete the online visa application in English, pay the fee online, print out the completed form and book your appointment at the Kingston Visa Application Centre – see the Government website for visas and immigration in Jamaica pages for more information.
  • You must pay for the priority visa service before you attend your appointment at the Visa Application Centre. You can pay for the priority visa service by clicking here.
  • Print out a copy of the payment receipt.
  • You should visit the Visa Application Centre at the time and date of your appointment. You must present your copy of the payment receipt to the receiving VFS Global Registration Officer for the priority visa service to be registered.

Refund and cancellation

The amount paid for this service, as well as the visa application fee, is not refundable if the visa application is refused. See VFS Global refund and cancellation policy for more information.

Online payment for priority visa service can be made by clicking here

SMS Service

Available in Jamaica

Price: USD 2.60 for each visa application 

The SMS service updates customers on the progress of their UK visa applications. The easy to use SMS service sends an automated message to the applicant's mobile phone at various stages of the visa application process. This is followed up with an automated email message to the applicant's email informing them of the status of their visa application.

The payment for this service can be done online or in the VAC via credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

Settlement priority visa

Price: GBP 551 for each settlement priority visa application. This fee is in addition to the visa application fee.

This service allows settlement visa applicants to pay to have their visa application placed at the front of the queue once received by the UK Visas and Immigration Decision Making Centre (DMC), to commence processing ahead of other visa applications. Your dependents can also apply for this service at the same time as you but they will also have to pay an additional Settlement Priority Service fee.
Important note: This service does not imply or guarantee in any way that applicants using the Settlement Priority service will be successful in their visa application. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK immigration rules.

Who can apply?
Settlement visa applicants may apply for this service.

Applicants should be aware that they may experience extended processing times if any of the following factors apply:

  • You have previously been refused a visa for the UK;
  • You have previously been refused leave to enter the UK;
  • You have previously been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK;
  • You have overstayed a period of leave in the UK;
  • You have been refused leave to remain in the UK by UK Visas and Immigration;
  • You have any unspent criminal convictions in any country.

If any of the above applies to you, you are strongly advised not to apply for the Settlement Priority Service. You should also not apply for this service if you are applying for a visa to a Commonwealth country or British overseas territory.

If any of the above factors apply, please note that your visa application will continue to be handled as a priority and processed ahead of other visa applications but your visa application may be identified as an exceptional case and processing may take longer. UK Visas and Immigration strongly recommends that visa applicants with any form of adverse immigration history do not use this service.

How to apply for this service

  • Complete the online visa application in English, pay the fee online, print out the completed form and book your appointment at the Kingston Visa Application Centre– see the UK Government website for visas and immigration in Jamaica pages for more information.
  • You must pay for the priority visa service before you attend your appointment at the Visa Application Centre. You can pay for the Priority Visa Service by clicking here.
  • Print out a copy of the payment receipt.
  • You should visit the Visa Application Centre at the time and date of your appointment. You must present your copy of the payment receipt to the receiving VFS Global Registration Officer for the Priority Visa Service to be registered.

Refund and cancellation

The amount paid for this service, as well as the visa application fee, is not refundable if the visa application is refused. See VFS Global refund and cancellation policy for more information.

Online payment for Priority Visa Services can be made by clicking here

Return courier service

Price: USD $17 for each application.

After UK Visas and Immigration Decision Making Centre (DMC) have made a decision on your visa application we will return the decision and your documents to you using our personalized return courier service.

Please Note: You do not need to pay the additional return courier service fee if using the premium lounge service

Online payment for return courier service can be made by clicking here.

Prime Time Appointment service – Temporarily Unavailable

Price: GBP 75 for each applicant.

The Prime Time Appointment service is available for those applicants who would like to beat the rush and submit their application before the regular working hours of the Visa Application Centre.

You can enjoy the privilege of submitting your application and still make it to work on time.

Prime Time Hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 9:00 only

Important Note: Your visa will be processed and decided by UK Visas and Immigration. Using the Prime Time Appointment service does not guarantee that your visa will be issued or processed any quicker than other visa applications.

The payment for this service can be done online or in the VAC via credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

Document Certification Services:

Price: USD $10 for each document certified.

This service allows applicants applying for one of the PBS visa categories (see below list) to allow a VFS staff to certify a copy of an original document. This allows the applicant to retain all original documents such as degrees, diplomas or birth certificates and allow VFS to certify and submit a confirmed photocopy in its place. Upon the payment of the Certification fee, VFS staff will check your original document and certify your photocopy as a true copy of the original so that you can keep your original document.

Important note: You must present the original document at the time of your application submission at the Visa Application Centre so that this can be checked by VFS staff. Applicants are free to bring their own photocopies – with the original – or they can receive photocopies at the VAC. The purchase of the Document Certification service will not affect the decision on your visa application nor is it proof of the validity of a document. VFS is only certifying the photocopy as a true copy of the original presented inside the VAC, which allows the applicant to retain original documents. VFS staff will not be liable for the validity or legitimacy of the original document.

Only PBS visa applicants may apply for this service. VFS can only certify the documents which UKVI mandates for the original to be submitted. Documents not listed on the UKVI guidance as requirements may not be certified by VFS staff. Please feel free to ask a VFS staff in the VAC if you have questions about this service.

Please see below the list of categories under the PBS route and click the names to access the corresponding document guidance:

The payment for this service can be done online or in the VAC via credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

Photocopying and Printing Services:

These services are available at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) - payment in cash only.

Photocopy: JMD 30.00 per page
Printing: JMD 30.00 per page