In Japan

User Pay Services

To use the following optional services you will need to pay a fee at the visa application centre. This is in addition to the visa application fee. To make a payment online, please click here.

You may find the fee table here.

Discounted promotions of combo services

Get a discount up to 10% by choosing our Application and Document Checks and Courier service combo : JPY 3,600

Get a SMS service for only 1 JPY by choosing our Walk-in without appointment and Courier service combo : JPY 7,840

Priority visa service

The priority visa service is available to customers who pay an additional fee to have their visa application placed at the front of the queue. Under normal circumstances, a priority service non-settlement visa application will be processed within 3-5 working days and a priority service settlement application will be processed within 10 working days. The cost is JPY 21,600 for non-settlement and JPY 64,800 for settlement for each application.

Please read the Applicant Declaration for this service.

Who can apply?

All applicants submitting an application for a UK visa in Japan are eligible to apply for the Priority Visa Service except for the categories and visa types following;

  • EEA Family Permit
  • ALL categories of Exempt Visa Type
  • Commonwealth and Overseas Territory Application

Important Notes

It is strongly recommended that applicants with any form of adverse immigration history do not use this service.

The service does not imply or guarantee in any way that applicants using the priority service will be successful in their visa application. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK immigration rules. The amount paid for the priority service, as well as the visa application fee, is not refundable if the visa application is refused or in exceptional cases, the quoted number of working days to process your application is not met with.

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

Prime time appointment service (currently, Osaka only)

The prime time appointment service is available from Monday to Friday between 14:00 and 16:00. This service allows applicants, who pay an additional fee, to lodge their applications beyond the normal processing hours (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 14:00). The service brings to you benefits such as:

  • No waiting time
  • Offering comfort in private space
  • Personalised service throughout the submission and biometric process
  • Free drink
  • Free courier service for the return of your processed documents
  • Free photocopying service – if required (maximum of 50 pages)

The prime time service fee is JPY 9,072 per application with online payment available.

All applicants who have their processed applications ready for collection will be able to collect them between 14:.00 and 16:00 - (For Prime time service customer only), as an alternate option to the free courier service which is included.

Important Note: Your visa application will be processed and decided by UK Visas and Immigration in Manila. The decision to issue or refuse a visa is made solely by UK Visas and Immigration and VFS Global have no influence over that process. Using the Prime Time service does not guarantee the approval of your visa application or affect the time taken for processing.

Online payment for Prime Time Services can be made by clicking here.

Prime Time Booking procedure:

Please select the Prime Time option when scheduling an appointment online.

For Tokyo customers, please make an appointment selecting VIP Premium Lounge, choosing a time slot between 14:00 to 16:00. Appointing VIP Premium Lounge after 14:00 will be treated as Prime Time Service and fee is to be 9,072 JPY per application.

If you wish to use Prime Time service with your family, please follow the instructions below, for an appointment:

  • Up to two applicants as family; please continuously select appointment time as Prime Time.
  • Up to three or more applicants as family; Please follow above instruction appointing as Prime Time , then from third applicant select general appointment (standard) on same day, choosing whenever the available time in slot. When appointments for all family members are complete, you can visit Visa centre at the main applicant’s appointment time. Please note Prime time service charge is applicable to each applicant.

Please book at least 48 hours before your desired appointment date.


Please bring the following documents with your Prime Time appointment:

  • A signed online visa application form which you have filled in correctly.
  • Your passport or travel document with recommended validity of at least 6 months.
  • Supporting documents relevant to your visa application.
  • Appendix form for applying Settlement visa.
  • 1 recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photograph of your face, which meets the requirements in UK Visas and Immigration’s photograph guidance - Commencing 22 March 2016, passport photographs will no longer be required from applicants submitting their biometrics. However, applicants exempt from giving biometrics will need to carry a passport photograph.

    Please submit original documents along with one photocopy. Your original documents will be returned after the final decision has been made by UK Visas and Immigration.

VIP premium lounge service – Tokyo only

The services provided in the VIP premium service lounge are:

  • No waiting time
  • Offering comfort in private space
  • Personalised service throughout the submission and biometric process
  • Free drink service
  • Free courier service for return
  • Free photocopying – if required (maximum of 50 pages)

The premium lounge service fee is JPY 7,350 for each visa applicant (incl TAX), tax inclusive. VIP appointment slots are available between 08:00 and 13:59 - Monday to Friday.

Important Note: Your visa application will be processed and decided by UK Visas and Immigration in Manila. The decision to issue or refuse a visa is made solely by UK Visas and Immigration and VFS Global has no influence over the process. Using the VIP premium lounge service does not guarantee the approval of your visa application or affect the time taken for processing.

Online payment for VIP Premium Lounge Services can be made by clicking here.

VIP Premium Lounge Booking procedure:

Please select the VIP premium lounge option while scheduling an appointment online.

If you wish to use VIP Premium Lounge service with your family, Please follow below instructions for an appointment:

  • Up to two applicants as family; please continuously select appointment time as VIP Premium Lounge.
  • Up to three or more applicants as family; Please follow above instruction appointing as VIP Premium Lounge, then from third applicant select general appointment (standard) on same day, choosing whenever the available time in slot. When appointments for all family members are complete, you can visit Visa centre at the main applicant’s appointment time. Please note VIP Premium Lounge service charge is applicable to each applicant.

Important Note: VIP Premium Lounge appointment after 14:00 will be treated as Prime Time Appointment; therefore service charge will be 9,072 JPY per applicant. If you wish to use VIP Premium Lounge service solely, please book appointments before 14:00.

Please book at least 48 hours before your desired appointment date.

Please bring following documents with your VIP Premium Lounge Appointment:

  • A signed online visa application form which you have filled in correctly.
  • Your passport or travel document with recommended validity of at least 6 months.
  • Supporting documents relevant to your visa application.
  • Appendix form for applying settlement visa.
  • 1 recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photograph of your face, which meets the requirements in UK Visas and Immigration’s photograph guidance - Commencing 22 March 2016, passport photographs will no longer be required from applicants submitting their biometrics. However, applicants exempt from giving biometrics will need to carry a passport photograph.

Please submit original documents along with one photocopy. Your original documents will be returned after the final decision has been made by UK Visas and Immigration.

Courier service

A courier service for the return of processed applications and passports is JPY 2,079 for each application.

Photocopying service

A photocopying service is available for applicants at a cost of JPY 60 per page (short or long bond size).

Photograph service

Applicants can have 6 photographs taken in a photo booth for JPY 900. The photographs meet the UK Visas and Immigration photograph specifications.

Internet access

Internet access is available for applicants at the visa application centre at a cost of JPY 700. This service is purely for making online application form by accessing to AccessUK website and personal e-mails or other internet page access are not available.

Printed copies of visa application form

A printed copy of your visa application form is available from the visa application centre at a cost of JPY 60 per page.

Important Note: This service is available only for the online visa application forms created at AccessUK website. Please be advised that we cannot print out any other forms, including application forms created on the other websites or the application forms in data file such as PDF.

SMS status tracking service

At VFS Global, we constantly strive to offer a range of hi-end services to enhance customer satisfaction. VFS Global aims is to add value to applicants' experience, and are privileged to offer the latest hi-tech SMS service, an express route to know the status of your visa application.

Easy to use SMS service with an automated confirmation feedback message sent to the applicant's mobile phone, at various stages of the visa application process. Additionally, this user-friendly service will be followed up with an automated email message to the applicant’s email address informing them of the status of their visa application.

To experience the benefits of this service, please fill out the application form before visiting the visa application centre. There is a charge of JPY 231 (inclusive of tax) for this service.

Note: This value added service is available only in Japan (local SMS only) and is not payable on-line. Please read the SMS service disclaimer carefully before applying for this service.

Certification service

This is an optional service that applicants provide colour photocopies certified by VFS on behalf of submitting original supporting documents. VFS staff will have endorsement on the colour photocopy to confirm they have seen the original from applicant and the original will be returned at the submission counter.

The service will be charged an additional fee of JPY 3,840 per document. The fee can only be paid at Visa Application Centre in person by cash.

Important Note:

  1. High quality colour photocopy of the original document is required. Please prepare it in advance since we do not provide colour photocopy service.
  2. Please note this Certificate Service does not imply or guarantee in any way that those applicants applying via the scheme will be successful in their application. All applicants using the service must qualify against the requirements of the UK immigration rules to be issued a visa.

Walk in without appointment

This service is allowed applicants who wish to enter Visa Application Centre without an appointment to submit their visa application. This could be because:

  1. Applicants are unable to get an appointment date they preferred or,
  2. Applicants turn up later or would like to submit their application earlier than their original appointed date/time.

The service will be charged an additional fee of JPY 5,760 per applicant. The fee can only be paid at Visa Application Centre in person by cash.

Important Note:

  1. This service is available only if there is an extra appointment slot for the day and time applicant visits
  2. Applicant is required to visit Visa Application Centre during standard appointment hours (8 am to 1 pm)
  3.  It is still mandatory for all applicants to complete on-line application form before handing in application documents at our submission counter even though Walk-in without appointment service has been opted.
  4. We may accept very limited Walk-in without an appointment booking service in the summer months from June to September.

Application and Document Checks

The Application and Document Checks service is for applicants who have already applied and have printed out their application form to check that an application is complete before sending it to the UK Visas and Immigration in Manila.

The service will be charged an additional fee of JPY 1,920 per applicant. The fee can only be paid at Visa Application Centre in person by cash.

VFS staff will check mandatory required documents have been submitted, but not the actual content of the documents.

Important Note: VFS staff cannot provide the applicant with any immigration advice during the service. Using the Application and Document Checks service does not guarantee the issue of a visa, and the amount paid for this service is not refundable even if visa applications are rejected or take longer than expected.

Please read the Application and Document Checks service disclaimer for this service and download to fill out your information.  It is required to submit at the visa application centre along with your application.

Form Filling Assistance

Form Filling Assistance is for applicants who need assistance in completing their online application on AccessUK. This service will allow VFS dedicated staff to type in the words on the application form on behalf of the applicants.

The service will be charged an additional fee of JPY 3,840 per applicant. The fee can only be paid at Visa Application Centre in person by cash.

Important Note: VFS staff cannot provide the applicant with any immigration advice during the service. Using the Form Filling Assistance does not guarantee the issue of a visa, and the amount paid for this service is not refundable even if visa applications are rejected or takes longer than expected. This Service won’t be available from June to September.

Please read the Form Filling Assistance disclaimer for this service and download to fill out your information.  It is required to submit at the visa application centre along with your application.

Settlement Scanning Service

This service provides the applicant with an option to choose VFS Global to scan their documents and send electronically to Sheffield, on their behalf.

While opting for this service, applicants will need to pay an optional service fee to VFS Global, thereby ensuring that the original supporting documents are returned for their safe keeping, thereby no longer required to be sent outside Japan.

The service fee is JPY 5,328 per application.