In Bangladesh

PREMIUM SERVICES

The services offered here are optional and should be paid in cash at the bank counter, available in the visa application centres.

  • Premium Lounge
  • Priority Visa Service
  • Settlement Priority Visa
  • Prime Time Appointment
  • On Demand Mobile Visa
  • Kiosk Service
  • SMS Service
  • Photocopy Service
  • Walk-in Without Appointment
  • Form Filling Assistance
  • Group Appointment
  • Certification Service
  • Translation Service
  • Application and Document Checks
  • Flexi Hours Passport Collection
  • Courier Return Service
  • Keep My Passport When Applying
  • Courier Service to and from Sheffield for Settlement Applications
  • Document Scanning Assistance
  • VAC to VAC Courier

Premium Lounge

Details and Key benefits of service

For those applicants who may require personalised assistance of a VFS Global staff member to guide them through the submission process while enjoying the luxury of a lounge service – this is the premium service tailor made to their needs.

The premium lounge is available in the Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, offering -

  • Separate lounge with personalised service by dedicated VFS Global staff;
  • Refreshments;
  • Faster submission of applications at the visa application centre;
  • SMS alert on the status of your application;
  • Use of photo booth (if required);
  • Photocopying service for your documents ( complimentary for up to 20 pages)

Kindly note -  Your visa will be processed and decided by UK Visas and Immigration. Use of the premium service lounge does not affect the processing time of your application. All applicants are requested to follow the instructions available on the application process in our how to apply page.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

Applicants can request for this service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

BDT 4670 including taxes per application. This charge is in addition to the visa application fee.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Priority Visa Service

Details and Key benefits of service

You can pay for a Priority Visa service for your visit, work or study application (‘non settlement’). This will put your application at the front of the queue at every stage of the decision-making process. The cost of this service is in addition to your visa application fee and is non-refundable if the visa application is refused, or in exceptional cases, if it takes longer to process. Using the Priority Visa service does not guarantee that your application will be successful. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK Immigration Rules.

How long does a Priority Visa application take?

UKVI aims to make a decision on your Priority Visa application, and contact you to let you know that your passport is ready to be collected within 5 working days from when you submit your biometric information.

However, every application is unique, and if your application is not straightforward, it may not be possible to meet this timescale. If this is the case, your application will still be put at the front of the queue at every stage of the decision-making process, and UKVI will aim to process your application within global customer service standards. Your application may not be straightforward if you have:

  • been refused a visa for the UK, and/or;
  • been refused leave to enter the UK, and/or;
  • been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK, and/or;
  • overstayed a period of leave in the UK, and/or;
  • had leave to remain in the UK curtailed by the Home Office, and/or;
  • been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office, and/or;
  • been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America, or the Schengen countries, and/or;
  • you have been interviewed, detained, or prosecuted by the police for any offence in the UK or elsewhere, and/or;
  • you have an unspent criminal conviction in any country, and/or;
  • you have committed a criminal offence in any country.

If you fall into one of these categories, you may not want to use the Priority Visa service, as UKVI may be unable to process your application within the 5-day timescale.

Eligibility to use service

All customers may apply for the Priority Visa service apart from applicants who are applying for visas to visit other Commonwealth countries, British Overseas Territories, and Crown Dependencies (the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

How does one apply?

Priority Service should be availed at the time of application submission.

Cost

GBP 212 (BDT 24,782) as per the local currency equivalent to latest consular rate of exchange

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Settlement Priority Visa

Details and Key benefits of service

You can pay for a Priority Visa service which puts your family migration / settlement application at the front of the queue at every stage of the decision-making process. The cost of this service is in addition to your visa application fee and is non-refundable if the visa application is refused, or in exceptional cases, takes longer to process. Using the Priority Visa service does not imply or guarantee that your application will be successful. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK

How long does a Priority Visa (family migration / settlement) application take?

UKVI aims to make a decision on your Priority Visa (family migration / settlement) application, and contact you to let you know that your passport is ready to be collected within 30 working days from when you submit your biometric information.

However, every application is unique, and if your application is not straightforward, it may not be possible to meet this timescale. If this is the case, your application will still be put at the front of the queue at every stage of the decision-making process, and UKVI will aim to process your application within global customer service standards. Your application may not be straightforward if you have:

  • been refused a visa for the UK, and/or;
  • been refused leave to enter the UK, and/or
  • been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK, and/or;
  • overstayed a period of leave in the UK, and/or;
  • had leave to remain in the UK curtailed by the Home Office, and/or;
  • been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office, and/or;
  • been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America, or the Schengen countries, and/or;
  • you have been interviewed, detained, or prosecuted by the police for any offence in the UK or elsewhere, and/or;
  • you have an unspent criminal conviction in any country, and/or;
  • you have committed a criminal offence in any country.

If you fall into one of these categories, you may not want to use the Priority Visa service, as UKVI may be unable to process your application within the faster timescale.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all settlement applicants and their dependents who may choose to apply.

How does one apply?

Priority Service should be availed at the time of application submission.

Cost

GBP 573 (BDT 66,981) per application. This is in addition to the visa application fee.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate

Prime Time Appointment - in Dhaka

Details and Key benefits of service

The Prime time appointment service is mainly aimed to facilitate working professional and business executives who would prefer to apply outside of their own normal working hours.

Prime time appointment bookings allow applicants to make an appointment at the Dhaka Visa Application Centre at a convenient time, outside of normal business hours

Prime time appointments are available on Monday and Thursday  16:30 to  18:30  hrs (excluding public holidays and closures).

Prime time appointment slots will be allocated as per the table below:

PRIME TIME BUSINESS HOURS

Monday and Thursday

16:30 – 18:30

The service fee is non-refundable.

** This service will not be available in the month of Ramadan

Kindly note - This service does not imply or guarantee in any way that applicants using the prime time service will have their visa application processed quicker or be granted a visa.. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK immigration rules.

Please Note: The premium lounge and priority visa services are not available in conjunction with the prime time appointment service.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

Prime time appointments will be operated strictly under an appointment system online through http://visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/.

Applicants will be required to bring a print out of this confirmation when they come to the VAC to submit their application.

Applicant should follow the instructions on the book an appointment page of website to book a Prime Time Appointment.

Cost

BDT  8700 per application.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

On-Demand Mobile Visa

Details and Key benefits of service

We now offer you a service that brings the Visa Application Centre to your doorstep!

UK visa applicants can now apply for a visa from a location of their choice, such as a home, office, or school campus.

This service is ideal for large groups as the entire group can enroll biometrics while submitting their visa applications together on the same date and from a location that is convenient for the group. Further, VFS staff will ensure all applications are complete and ready for processing at the British High Commission.

Key Features

  • Ideal for corporate groups, on-campus college students & Sport’s/Entertainer’s groups!
  • Available any working day of the week.
  • Available at prime locations in Dhaka (Kalabagan ,Lalmatia, Dhanmondi ,Mohmmadpur, Shukrabad, Mirpur, Mirpur DOHS ,Gushan-1 & 2 ,Niketan, Banani, Banani DOHS ,New DOHS, Mohakhali ,Baridhara ,Baridhara DOHS ,Bashundhara, Nikunja 1 & 2 & Uttara)
  • Safe and secure courier return-delivery of your passport
  • Will my application be processed more quickly?

    Your visa application will be processed in exactly the same way as any other.

  • Will this service improve my chances of success?

    Your visa application will be processed in exactly the same way as any other.

  • Is this a safe and secure process?

    Yes, your data will be secure at all times. Strict procedures will be adhered to, to ensure the integrity and security of the UK’s biometric and visa processes are maintained. We would not discuss these in detail for obvious reasons.

Eligibility

Available to all applicants applying, specifically to groups who wish to apply together.

  • Can you cater for large groups?

    Yes. It does not matter if you are one person or a large group – we will quote you a price for a service which is reflective of your specific needs in those cities where this optional service is available. We will continue to listen to customer feedback as we plan further expansion.

How does one apply?

One can set up the On-Demand Mobile Visa service in 3 easy steps -

  • Write to us at UserPayBangladesh@vfshelpline.com and provide details like group size, preferred date, city/ location etc. We will get in touch with you to coordinate your appointment date, time, and location. Book at least 3 days in advance of your preferred date.
  • Pay the ODMV fee and Visa fee by cash at our visa application center at least 2 hours prior to your appointment time.
  • We will visit (after making the payment) your preferred location at the appointed time to collect biometric data and accept the applications.
  • Will I need to make an appointment?

    This service will be provided by appointment only, to ensure the integrity and security of the UK’s biometric and visa processes are maintained. For more information about availability and pricing of the service, visit www.vfsglobal.co.uk/Bangladesh or email UserPayBangladesh@vfshelpline.com

Cost

  • Approximate charges – BDT 18403/ for the first applicant and then each additional applicant needs to pay BDT 2629/.

Payment method

  • You can pay this premium service fee (through your representative) at our visa application centre at least 2 hours prior to your appointment time.

Kiosk Service

Details and Key benefits of service

The Kiosk facility is available at the visa application centres in Dhaka and Sylhet. Specifically beneficial for applicants with no access to a computer connected to the internet and printer. An applicant can arrange in advance to schedule an appointment at either of the application centres in Dhaka or Sylhet. While using the VFS Global Kiosk service, applicants will have the option to fill up the online visa application form and also take a print of the form along with a print of the appointment letter.

Full instructions on how to access the website and submit an application form will be available in the respective centres.

KIOSK service will be available Sunday to Thursday at below hours (excluding public holidays)

PARTICULARS

DHAKA

SYLHET

KIOSK Service

8:30 to 14:00

8:30 to 13:00

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

Applicants can request for this service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

The Kiosk service will cost BDT 195 for the first 30 minutes and then BDT 94 for each subsequent 15 minutes, with printing charged at BDT 39 per page.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate

SMS Service

Details and Key benefits of service

VFS Global is pleased to offer an SMS service which updates customers in Bangladesh 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 applicants registered email account informing them of the status of their visa application.

The SMS text is available in English only.

Kindly note - This premium service is available in Bangladesh (local SMS only).

Please read the SMS disclaimer carefully before applying for this service.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

The SMS application form can be downloaded in the comfort of your home and filled in before arriving at the visa application centre. Applicants can request for this premium service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

BDT 270 (inclusive of VAT) for each application.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate

Photocopy Service

Details and Key benefits of service

Specifically beneficial to those applicants who realise they need copies of their documents and instead of spending time and effort to do this outside the application centre they could choose to use this convenient service.

This service is available in Dhaka and Sylhet.

In addition - applicants are advised that they will need to submit their originals and a photo copy or all documents including a copy of all the pages of their passport.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this premium service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

BDT 8 per copy.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

You may also avail the photocopy service available at the VAC.

Walk-in Without Appointment

Details and Key benefits of service

Especially beneficial for those who need to travel urgently or who are unable to book an appointment for their preferred date or time.

This service is also available for those who turn up later than the permissible cut-off time for their appointments.

If you have already applied online and booked an appointment you must cancel any existing appointment/s before utilising this service.

Please click here to find the addresses for the visa application centres and opening times.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this premium service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

Charges applicable are BDT 4380 per applicant

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Form Filling Assistance

Details and Key benefits of service

For applicants who find it tedious and difficult to fill in the visa application form - this service provides them with assistance in filling out the visa application form on the AccessUK website.

VFS Global staff will read out the questions from the form and will record the answers verbatim on behalf of the applicant.

Applicants will need to provide an email id for registration on the portal in order to manage their application and will need to answer all the questions on the form in order to apply.

VFS Global staff will not be able to answer questions on an applicant’s behalf or fill in questions based on assumptions.

Please click here to find the addresses for the visa application centres and opening times.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this premium service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

BDT 1700 per applicant.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Group Appointment

Details and Key benefits of service

Beneficial for applicants travelling in a group who could choose this service to ensure the whole group can apply at the same visa application centre at a particular time and day.

This optional service is extended to all groups including tour operators, large families, conferences etc.

There are no restrictions to the size of the group.

This service is available at all Visa Application Centres.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

To make a group appointment please email your request to -

groupappointments.ukbd@vfshelpline.com

Cost

BDT 945 per application.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Certification Service

Details and Key benefits of service

Those applicants that may not feel secure to submit their original documents – the certification service allows them to retain these original documents and instead submit coloured photocopies of the same.

Once an applicant has chosen this premium service, they would need to bring the original documentation to show to our VFS Global staff along with coloured photocopy set of these documents. The coloured photocopy is endorsed and sent to the decision hub along with the application while the originals are returned to the applicant for their safe-keeping.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying with the exception of Tier 2, 4 and 5 applicants who are required to submit original documents as specified under the immigration rules.

While customers to also note that should British High Commission may require to view the original set of documents, for which you may be contacted to present the same.

This service is available at all the visa application centres. Please click here for addresses.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

175 BDT per page.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Translation Service

Details and Key benefits of service

Specifically beneficial for those applicants whose supporting documents are in their regional language and not English. Here a VFS Global staff will assist in translating the applicant’s supporting documents to English. The local language document and translation will both need to be submitted at the application centre.

This service emanates from the fact that all documents submitted at by the applicant needs to be in English.

At times the visa applicants arrive at the application centres without translated copies and hence applicants themselves need to go out and search for translators in the vicinity.

By offering this service the applicants will save time and effort to complete the application process right away.

  • The types of documents available for translation are -
  • Simple Translation:

    Documents translated in simple translation are ID cards, driving licenses

  • Complex Translation:

    Documents translated in complex form which pertains to legal contracts, housing agreement copies etc.  

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

BDT 1023 per page for both types of translations being offered.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Application and Document Checks

Details and Key benefits of service

Have your completed application checked by VFS staff before it is sent to UKVI for processing.

Customers who have completed and printed their application form can pay an additional fee to have the documents checked by VFS staff before it is sent to UKVI for processing. Staff shall check that documents are complete as per the checklist provided by UKVI before sending it for processing.

If VFS staff find that there are missing documents, customers will have the option to submit these by email after their appointment, within 7 working days. Using the application and document checks service does not imply or guarantee that applications will be successful.

This service is available at all Visa Application Centres.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

BDT 570 per application.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate

Flexi Hours Passport Collection

Details and Key benefits of service

This service enables you to pick up your processed application outside the working hours of the visa application centre.

This service is available in Dhaka on Mondays and Thursdays from 16:30 – 18:30 (excluding public holidays and closures).

Applicants are requested to collect appropriate receipts for using this service.

This service will not be available during the month of Ramadan.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

BDT 890 per applicant.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Courier Return Service

Details and Key benefits of service

Applicants from Dhaka city can save on their time and effort to now avail of this service to get their accessed visa application documents delivered to their preferred location by optionally paying an additional cost.

This delivery service covers just the following areas of Dhaka Metropolitan City - Kalabagan ,Lalmatia, Dhanmondi ,Mohmmadpur, Shukrabad,Mirpur,Mirpur DOHS ,Gushan-1 & 2 ,Niketan, Banani, Banani DOHS ,New DOHS, Mohakhali ,Baridhara ,Baridhara DOHS ,Basundhara,Nikunja 1, 2 and Uttara.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this service at the time of application submission.

Cost

Cost for the first applicant is BDT 2430/-. Charge for each additional dependent applicant (up to 3) to the same address is BDT 611/-.

This would mean that the 4th additional applicant will considered individually as a principal applicant and be charged BDT 2430/-

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Keep My Passport When Applying

Details and Key benefits of service

This service is particularly beneficial to frequent travellers and those applying for multiple visas at the same time. This premium service allows applicants to keep their passports during the processing period.

Here applicants simply need to apply for their visa at the visa application centre (VAC) and submit copies of all pages of their passport with the application.

Once their visa application has been processed, applicants will be contacted by VFS Global to submit their passports at the VAC – failure to do so in time would delay their application process.

Your visa application will be considered most often within UKVI’s standard 15 working day processing time frame.

Eligibility to use service

This service is open to all visa applicants; however it cannot be used in conjunction with the priority visa (PV) service.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this service at the time of application submission.

Cost

BDT /-   6000  per application.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Courier Service to and from Sheffield for Settlement Applications

Details and Key benefits of service

Settlement applicants in Bangladesh could use this premium service to send their supporting documents to Sheffield, UK.

This service is for applicants who have already applied and have printed their application form.

Eligibility to use service

All settlement applications.

How does one apply?

Applicants may request for this service at the visa application centre.

Cost

Charges for the courier service to Sheffield are -

COURIER SERVICE

PRICE

Courier to Sheffield for Settlement Docs (up to 1 kg)

BDT  9790

Courier Service Sheffield (Above 1 kg up to 2 kgs)

BDT  13465

Extra charges are applicable for more than 2 Kg documents.

** This charge is for both-ways courier.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

Document Scanning Assistance

Details and Key benefits of service

For those using this service, we will assist with preparing, sorting and arranging supporting documents according to the bar code separators to make it easy to scan your documents.

This service is available at all visa application centres

Eligibility to use service

Available to all non settlement applications.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this service at the time of application submission.

Cost

BDT 440 per application.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.

VAC to VAC Courier - VFS Visa Application Centre Dhaka to Chittagong

Details and Key benefits of service

Customers in Chittagong will be able to have their documents delivered to the VFS VAC located at

VFS Chittagong
House # 38, 
Chamber House, 4th Floor
Agrabad, Chittagong-4100
Bangladesh

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying from Chittagong.

How does one apply?

The applicant could request for this service on arrival at the application centre.

Cost

This service costs an additional fee of BDT 2430/- for the principal applicant and an additional BDT 611/- (inclusive of Service tax) for each family members of the same household.

The number of additional applicants per family should not exceed 3 members. This means that the 4th additional applicant will considered individually as a principal applicant and be charged BDT 2430 /-.

Method of payment

In cash, at the visa application centre at the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) counter located in the centre.

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will levy their service charge of BDT 441 (inclusive of taxes) for each transaction they facilitate.