In Japan

PREMIUM SERVICES

To use these optional premium services, you will need to pay an optional fee in cash at the visa application centre or on line as is applicable. This is in addition to the visa application fee.

Priority visa service, prime time appointment, premium lounge, courier return service,SMS and Keep My Passport When Applying fees are payable online as well. – click here

Kindly note: Due to varying of Consular Exchange Rate, please refer to staff at visa application centre for actual prices in local currency for priority visa service.

To make a payment online please click here


  • Priority visa service
  • Prime Time Appointment
  • Premium Lounge
  • Courier Return Service
  • Photocopy Service
  • Internet Access
  • Printed copies of visa application form
  • SMS Service
  • Walk-in Appointment
  • Application and Document Checks
  • Form Filling Assistance
  • Document Scanning Assistance
  • Keep My Passport When Applying

Priority Visa Service

Details and Key benefits of service

The priority visa service is available to those customers who pay an additional fee to have their visa application placed at the front of the queue at UKVI. You can use the priority service to have your visa application processed ahead of non-priority visa applications.

Processing time for non-settlement PV application: UKVI aims to process the application within 5 working days.

Processing time for Settlement PV application: UKVI aims to process the application within 30 working days.

  1. Priority Visa Service (non-settlement)

    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.

    Who can use this 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

  2. Priority Visa service (family migration / settlement)

    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.

    Who can use this service?

    All customers applying to live permanently (‘settle’) in the UK under family migration routes.

Eligibility to use service

All customers applying for a UK visa, except EEA family permit and “exempt” applicants, are eligible to use this service. This service is not available for customers applying for visa for Overseas Territories and Dependencies (including the Channel Islands).

How does one apply?

Request staff available at the application centre and they would be happy to help you.

Cost

GBP212 for each non settlement application and

GBP573 for each settlement visa application.

Method of payment

In cash or on-line (where applicable) by Japanese Yen here.

Prime time appointment (currently, Osaka only)

Details and Key benefits of service

The prime time appointment is available from Monday to Friday between 14:00 and 16:00 (with the exception of public holidays and closures). This service gives an opportunity for applicants to beat the rush hours and to lodge their applications beyond the normal working hours of the visa application centre.

*Please note that the service is not available on Fridays and at the end of month from May to August.

The service offers the following benefits -

  • Avoid waiting time
  • Offering flexibility to those with a busy schedule.
  • Personalised attention
  • Free drink
  • Free courier service for the return of your processed documents
  • Free photocopying service (A4 paper only) – if required (maximum of 50 pages)
  • Free SMS status tracking service

Those applicants who have chosen this premium service will have their processed applications ready for collection between 14:.00 and 16:00 as an alternate option to the free courier service which is included here.

Kindly 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 while VFS Global has no influence over the decision process.

Using the prime time service does not guarantee an approval of your visa or affect the time taken for its processing.

The amount paid for this prime time service is not refundable in the event your visa application is rejected or takes longer to process than is expected.

How does one apply?

Please select the prime time option when scheduling an appointment online.

Kindly note each applicant is required making appointment as prime time and charged the fee.

Cost

JPY 11,820 per application.

Method of payment

In cash at the application centre or on line here

Premium Lounge (Tokyo only)

Details and Key benefits of service

The Premium Lounge is available from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 13:00 (with the exception of public holidays and closures).

This premium service offers -

  • Reduced waiting time
  • Comfort
  • Personalised and dedicated service through the submission and biometric process
  • Free drink
  • Free courier service for the return of your processed documents
  • Free photocopying service (A4 paper only) – if required (maximum of 50 pages)
  • Free SMS status tracking service

Kindly 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 while VFS Global has no influence over this decision process.

Using this premium lounge service does not guarantee an approval of your visa application or affect the time taken for its processing.

The amount paid for this premium lounge service is not refundable in the event your visa application is rejected or takes longer to process than is expected.

Eligibility

This service is available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

Please select the premium lounge option when scheduling an appointment online.

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

  • Up to two applicants as family; please continue to select appointment time as premium lounge.
  • Up to three or more applicants as family; please follow the above, then from third applicant select general appointment (standard) on same day, choosing whatever available time in slot. When appointments for all family members are complete, you can visit the visa centre with family at a time set for the first appointment while booking the premium lounge.
  • Please note the premium lounge service charge is applicable to each applicant.

Cost

JPY 8000 per application.

Method of payment

In cash at the application centre or on-line here

Courier Return Service

Details and Key benefits of service

This optional premium service delivers the processed application to applicant’s place of convenience / doorstep, saving on time and effort they would spend on collecting the same from the visa application centre, instead.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

Request staff available at the application centre and they would be happy to help you.

Cost

JPY 2080 for each application.

Method of payment

In cash at the application centre or on-line (where applicable) – see note in the summary page.

Photocopy Service

Details and Key benefits of service

A photocopying service is available for the convenience of those applicants who instead of leaving the application centre to make copies can use this service saving on time and effort.

If you have forgotten to carry copies of your supporting documents – no problem let VFS Global assist in making these copies at the visa application centre.

Please note only A4 paper is acceptable for this photocopy service.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

Request staff available at the centre and they would be happy to help you.

Cost

JPY 60 per page.

Method of payment

In cash at the visa application centre.

Internet Access

Details and Key benefits of service

Internet access is available for applicants at the visa application centre. This service is meant specifically to fill up your online application form by accessing to Access UK  website, while personal e-mails or other internet page access are not permitted.

How does one apply?

Request staff available at the application centre and they would be happy to help you.

Cost

JPY 800.

Method of payment

In cast at the application centre.

Printed copies of visa application form

Details and Key benefits of service

Having a problem with your printer at home or if you do not have one at your residence – no worry, VFS Global staff could print these for you at the visa application centre.

Eligibility to use service

Specifically useful for those applicants who do not have access to a printer once they have entered and filled out their visa application

How does one apply?

Request staff available at the centre and they would be happy to help you with this optional premium service.

Cost

Applicant can print their documents at the visa application centre for a cost of JPY 60 per page.

Method of payment

It is payable in cash only at the visa application centre.

SMS Service

Details and Key benefits of service

At VFS Global, we constantly strive to offer a range of high end services, to enhance customer satisfaction. In doing so, we aim to add value to applicants' experiences and are privileged to offer the latest high tech SMS service to know the status of your visa application.

This is an easy to use SMS service with an automated feedback message sent to the applicant's mobile phone, at various stages of the visa application process.

Kindly note -  This value added service is available only in Japan (local SMS only).

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

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying, while specifically for those who are anxious and keen on knowing the status of their visa application.

How does one apply?

To enjoy the benefits of this service, please fill out the SMS application form before visiting the visa application centre.

Request staff available at the application centre and they would be happy to help you.

Cost

JPY 250 per application.

Method of payment

In cash at the application centre or on-line (where applicable).

Application and Document Checks

Details and Key benefits of service

The application and document checks is for those applicants who require to have their printed application form and supporting documents checked to ensure its completeness and accuracy before sending it to the UK Visas and Immigration in Manila.

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

Kindly note: VFS Global staff would not be able to 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, while the amount paid for this service is not refundable even if visa application is rejected or takes longer to process than is expected.

Please read the application and document checks disclaimer for this service.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all application applying.

How does one apply?

Please download the form, fill out your information and submit it at the visa application centre along with your application.

Cost

JPY 1980 per application.

Method of payment

In cast at the visa application centre.

Walk-in Appointment

Details and Key benefits of service

Applicants who choose to book this service can enter the visa application centre without making a prior appointment, in order to submit their visa application.

This could be because -

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

Kindly note -

  1. This service is available only if there is an extra appointment slot for the day and time applicant requests for the service.
  2. Applicant is required to visit visa application centre during the scheduled appointment hours (8 am to 1 pm).
  3.  It is still mandatory for all applicants to complete the on line application form before handing in application and supporting documents at our submission counter even though the walk in without appointment service has been booked.
  4. We may be constrained to accept very limited walk in without appointment applicants in the summer months, which are from June to September.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does on apply?

VFS Global staff at the visa application centre would be happy to guide you here.

Cost

JPY 5800 per application.

Method of payment

In cash at the visa application centre.

Form Filling Assistance

Details and Key benefits of service

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

Kindly note - VFS Global 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, while the amount paid for this service is not refundable even if visa application is rejected or takes longer to process than expected.

This Service will not be available between the months of June to September.

Before you purchase this optional premium service, please read the Form Filling Assistance disclaimer 

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

Please download the form, fill out your information and submit it at the visa application centre along with your visa application.

Cost

JPY 3900 per application.

Method of payment

In cash at the visa application centre

Document Scanning Assistance

Details and Key benefits of service

This premium service provides assistance in organising an applicant’s supporting documents in the manner they are required for scanning in accordance with the bar code separators provided.

Choosing this premium service, a VFS Global staff will assist in organising your documents which could save on your time and effort in getting this right.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

Request staff at the application centre and they would be happy to help you.

Cost

JPY 1600 per application.

Method of payment

In cash at the visa application centre.

Keep My Passport When Applying

Details and Key benefits of service

You can choose this premium service if you need to keep your passport while your application is being processed, as you may need to travel urgently to a country other than the UK.

You are required to provide a clear photocopy of bio-page, signature page, endorsement/observation page(s) and stamped/used page(s) in your passport along with original passport for examination by a member of the application centre staff. You will also be required to submit your passport within 4 weeks of being asked to do so. If you do not submit your passport within 6 weeks of being asked, your visa application may be refused.

Please return your passport to UK visa application centre at the earliest possible opportunity to allow UKVI to complete the application process. If you fail to return your passport, it’s likely that UKVI may not be able to complete the process.

Eligibility to use service

Available to most applicants applying but it may not be used in conjunction with the priority visa service.

How does one apply?

VFS Global staff at the visa application centre would be happy to guide you here.

Cost

For all applicants, the service is available for an additional fee of JPY 8,000 per person

Method of payment

It is payable online or in cash at the visa application centre.