The Business Express Programme will offer a streamlined visa application process for those companies that send their employees to the UK on a frequent basis.
Any company that has sent more than 30 employees to the UK over a six-month period and all the well-known and established companies from the UK who are setting up in India can be BEP members.
There are advantages to being a BEP member, according the BEP entry clearance officer, British Deputy High Commission in Chennai.
"They will get priority handling for all BEP applications, a dedicated contact point at Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) offices, advance appointment arrangements for biometrics at our VFS offices, advance notification (where possible) of procedural changes, visa fee changes and a dedicated team to deal with enquiries and BEP related matters."
It will take five working days in Chennai for the application process. A new Points-Based System (PBS) will soon become applicable to all the visa categories and work permit applications also will eventually come under this new system.
A final date has not yet been fixed but it is likely to roll out in the last quarter of 2008.