In South Korea

Premium Services

To use these optional premium services, you will need to pay a fee in cash at the visa application centre. This is in addition to the visa application fee.

Keep my passport when applying, Prime time appointment, Priority visa, Form filling assistance, Application and document checks, Document Sorting, Courier return service fees are payable online as well. – click here

Kindly note: Keep my passport when applying, Prime time appointment, Priority visa, Form filling assistance, Application and document checks, Document sorting, Courier return service fees will be charged in USD when you make a payment online.


  • Application and Document Checks
  • Courier Return Service
  • Document Sorting Service
  • Form Filling Assistance
  • Keep My Passport When Applying
  • Locker Service
  • Photocopy Service
  • Photograph Service
  • Prime Time Appointment
  • Printing Service
  • Priority Visa Service
  • SMS Service
  • Translation Service
  • Walk-in Without Appointment
  • Premium Services at a Glance

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. VFS provides photocopy service, and you may be able to use it when you submit your application at the centre, if needed. 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?

This service is available from 06 April 2018.

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

Cost

The service fee is KRW 77,600 per application.

Method of payment

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

Application and Document Checks

Details and Key benefits of service

The Application and Document Checks is for 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.

Staff will check that the required documents have been submitted, but not the actual content of the documents. If any documents are missing, the applicant could send a scanned copy of the missing document within a prescribed time frame along with an Evidential Flexibility letter, which will be provided by the staff along with guidance in detail.

Kindly note: VFS staff would not be able to provide the applicant with any immigration advice during the service. Using the application and document checks premium service does not guarantee the issue of a visa, while the amount paid for this service is not refundable even if visa applications are rejected or take longer to process than expected.

Please read the Application and Document Checks disclaimer for this service.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying – specifically beneficial to those who are uncertain of which documents they are required to submit.

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

The service fee is KRW 18,200 per application.

Method of payment

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

Courier Return Service

Details and Key benefits of service

This optional premium service delivers the processed application to and 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 - while specifically useful to those who wish to save on time and effort in returning the application centre to collect their processed documents.

How does one apply?

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

Please contact us by email to notification.ukkr@vfshelpline.com to request for the service after submission.

Cost

A courier service for return of your processed passport is KRW 18,400 for each application.

Method of payment

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

Document Sorting Service

Details and Key benefits of service

This premium service provides assistance in organizing their supporting documents in the manner they are required for scanning according to the barcode separators provided.

Choosing a VFS Global staff to organize your documents could save on your time and effort in getting this right.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying for certain visa categories(Tier 1,2,5, EEA, BRP Replacement, Returning resident, UK Ancestry and Business Sole representative) – beneficial to those applicants who have difficulty in organising their supporting documents in line with the barcode separators provided.

How does one apply?

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

Cost

The service fee is KRW 14,000 per application.

Method of payment

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

Form Filling Assistance

Details and Key benefits of service

The Form Filling Assistance is for applicants who need assistance in completing their online application on AccessUK.

For this optional premium service a VFS Global dedicated staff will assist to complete your application form on your behalf.

Kindly 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.

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

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying - especially for those who are experiencing difficulty in filling up their visa application form may now seek the assistance of a VFS Global staff to help get this done.

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

The service fee is KRW 36,400 per application.

Method of payment

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

Locker Service

Details and Key benefits of service

Applicant can store prohibited items before they enter the visa application centre.

For more information about prohibited items – click here

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying – beneficial to outstation applicants and those who may not be permitted to carry prohibited items to the visa application centre.

How does one apply?

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

Cost

There is a charge of KRW 3,000 per applicant.

Method of payment

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

Photocopy Service

Details and Key benefits of service

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.

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

A photocopying service is available for applicants at a cost of KRW 200 per page.

Method of payment

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

Photograph Service

Details and Key benefits of service

If you have forgotten to carry a passport photograph or the photograph does not fit the specifications required by UKVI – VFS Global would be happy to help you here. (One recent passport photograph is required for visa application only if you are exempt from providing biometrics.)

Eligibility to use service

For those applicants who have not carried or have not adhered to the photo-specific detailed requirements as stated by UKVI.

How does one apply?

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

Cost

Applicants can have 6 photographs taken for KRW 10,000.

Method of payment

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

Prime Time Appointment

Details and Key benefits of service

The prime time service is available from Monday to Friday between 14:30 and 15:30. This service allows those, who pay an additional fee, to lodge their applications beyond the normal processing hours (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 14:30), however applicants may not be permitted to enter the visa application centre after the processing hours of 15:30.

PRIME TIME BUSINESS HOURS
Monday – Friday 14:30 - 15:30

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants applying.

How does one apply?

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

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.

Using the Prime Time service does not guarantee an approval of your visa application or affect the time taken for processing.

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

Cost

The prime time service fee is KRW 114,000 per application effective from 08 September 2017.

Method of payment

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

Printing Service

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

Available to all applicants applying.

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 KRW 700 per page.

Method of payment

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

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.

Please read the Applicant Declaration for this service.

Eligibility to use service

All customers applying for a UK visa, with the exception of EEA family permit and”exempt”applicants. This service is also not available to applicants applying for a visa to Overseas Territories and Dependencies (which includes the Channel Islands).

  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 Territories, and Crown Dependencies (the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

  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, and where a full settlement visa fee is payable.

How does one apply?

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

Please read the Terms and Conditions for this service.

Cost

The service fee for the Non-settlement visa is KRW 322,300 for each application and KRW 871,000 for Settlement visa category effective from 06 April 2018.

Method of payment

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

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.

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.

Additionally, this user-friendly service will be followed up with an automated email message to the applicants email address informing them of the status of their visa application as well.

Note: This value added service is available only in South Korea (local SMS only).

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

Eligibility to use service

Especially beneficial to those applicants who are keen and anxious to be kept aware of how their visa application is progressing.

How does one apply?

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

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

Cost

There is a charge of KRW 2,900 per application.

Method of payment

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

Translation Service

Details and Key benefits of service

Do you require to have your supporting documents translated? if so, please provide your documents to VFS Global staff at the visa application centre at least 2 working days prior to submitting your visa application.

Note: The email account (notification.ukkr@vfshelpline.com) is available only for translation service.

Eligibility to use service

Available to all applicants who require to translate their supporting documents to English.

How does one apply?

You may visit our centre and request for the translation service or email us through notification.ukkr@vfshelpline.com with a scanned copy of the document to be translated.

If you opt for this premium optional service at the counter, please ensure that you collect your receipt for your payment and bring this receipt along with you when you submit your visa application and supporting documents.

If you request for this service via email, we will guide you how to transfer the optional service fee through our response to your email.

Cost

There is a charge of KRW 16,000 per page.

Method of payment

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

Walk-in Without Appointment

Details and Key benefits of service

The Walk -in without an Appointment is designed for applicants who have not found a convenient time slot (appointment) and are willing to pay an extra amount to submit their visa application in Seoul without making an appointment.

Having paid for this optional service an applicant would be able to:

  • Pay a fee to access the VAC on a walk-in basis without having made an on-line appointment or,
  • Attend the VAC on an earlier date than their scheduled appointment or;
  • Arrive at the VAC after their appointment time (30 minutes or more) within that same day.

This service allows applicants, who pay an additional fee, to lodge their applications during the normal processing hours (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 14:30).

Kindly note: This Service will not be available during the months of July 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

The service fee is KRW 54,600 per application.

Method of payment

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

Premium Services at a Glance

Keep my passport when applying Keeping your passport while your application is processed by UKVI KRW 77,600 per application
PRIORITY VISA Having visa application placed at the front of the queue KRW 322,300 per application for Non-settlement visa

KRW 871,000 per application for Settlement visa
PRIME TIME APPOINTMENT Lodging of visa application beyond the normal processing hours KRW 114,000 per application
SMS Services updates to customer via Short Messaging Service (SMS) KRW 2,900 per application
WALK-IN WITHOUT APPOINTMENT Walk-in for submission without an appointment. This Service won’t be available from July to September. KRW 54,600 per application
FORM FILLING ASSISTANCE A personalised form filling services is available from VFS Global staff at the Visa Application Centre KRW 36,400 per application
APPLICATION AND DOCUMENT CHECKS  Personalised application checking for 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 KRW 18,200 per application
DOCUMENT SORTING Document sorting and preparation along with barcode separator prior to the scanning at the submission counter KRW 14,000 per application
COURIER RETURN
Delivery of your visa decision and documents to your chosen address
KRW 18,400 per application
TRANSLATION Translation of supporting documents to English KRW 16,000 per page
PHOTOGRAPH Photo booth facility inside the visa application centre KRW 10,000 for 6 photographs
PHOTOCOPY Photo copier facility  KRW 200 per page
PRINTING Printing facility KRW 700 per page
LOCKER Locker facility to keep the prohibited items outside visa application centre KRW 3,000 per person

Note:

  • The above services are optional.
  • The fees stipulated are inclusive of VAT.
  • Applicants can opt to pay for the Premium service towards use of optional services at the Visa Application Centre either by cash. Keep my passport when applying, Prime time appointment, Priority visa, Form filling assistance, Application and document checks, Document sorting, Courier return service fees are payable online as well.
  • Applicants are requested to collect appropriate receipts for using these services.