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Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK

The Home Office have issued information regarding decision waiting times on your UK visa application if you are applying from outside the UK.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 05 October 2020)

  • Most UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) have resumed services where local restrictions allow.
  • Priority and Super Priority services are only available in some locations. If available, you’ll be able to purchase these services when booking your appointment
  • You do not need to book your travel before applying for a visa. Visa fees can only be refunded if we have not yet started processing your application.

If you want to visit the UK:

  • Usually, you should receive a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre – (1 week is 5 working days)
  • You may be able to get your visa faster if you are visiting the UK for a holiday / business trip / to get married / to see family or friends

If you’re travelling through the UK:

  • Usually, you should receive a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre – (1 week is 5 working days)

If you want to study in the UK:

  • Usually, you should receive a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre – (1 week is 5 working days)
  • You may be able to get your visa faster if you’re applying for a short-term / general student / child student visa

If you want to work or invest in the UK:

  • Usually, you should receive a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre – (1 week is 5 working days)

If you want to join family in the UK:

  • Usually, you should receive a decision on your visa within 12 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre – (1 week is 5 working days)
  • You may be able to get your visa faster if you’re applying to settle in the UK as a spouse, partner or family member of someone who has British citizenship or is settled in the UK

Family reunion:

  • Usually, you should receive a decision on your visa within 12 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre – (1 week is 5 working days)

Commonwealth citizens / Returning residents / Replacement biometric residence permits / Replacement residence cards / Transfer your visa from your passport / Certificate of entitlement:

  • Usually, you should receive a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre – (1 week is 5 working days)

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information on visa decision waiting times on applications outside the UK, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/skype consultation. The fee is £30.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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Family life (as a partner or parent), private life and exceptional circumstances

For information regarding family life (as a partner or parent), private life and exceptional circumstances, click here.

(Updated as of 11 August 2020)

For more information on Family life (as a partner or parent), private life and exceptional circumstances, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service will be held remotely on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm (Bolton). Please be advised that our Preston drop-in service held on Fridays have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

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Windrush: engagement events

Before coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the Home Office ran a series of public events around the country to raise awareness of the Windrush Compensation Scheme and the work of the Windrush Taskforce. Engagement events are now taking place online. These events are open to everyone of any nationality.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 11 August 2020)

  • “Home Office staff present regularly at events”
  • “At all events, information is provided on who may be eligible for the Windrush Compensation Scheme, what kinds of losses and impacts it covers and how to apply. There is also an opportunity to ask questions”

Funding for events

The Home Office has funding available for community events. If you are a registered charity or recognised community group and you want to organise an event to provide information about the Windrush Scheme and Compensation Scheme to people in your networks and communities, you can apply for this funding.

Funding is available for venue hire, light refreshments and other associated costs such as projector screens.

Funding is still available to facilitate digital engagement using the same process as above. The reimbursement claims will need to relate to direct costs involved in organising or facilitating an online event and will continue to require invoice evidence, for example, monthly subscription fees for the digital platform used or WiFi boosters. Claims for labour costs and promotional materials are not included in this fund.

Your event should meet the following criteria:

  • to increase awareness of the Windrush Taskforce, the Compensation Scheme and claimant assistance available and encourage eligible people to apply for compensation
  • a representative from the Home Office will be invited
  • it must be open to all members of the public

The Home Office will prioritise funding for events in locations that have not previously held similar events, or with communities who have not yet been reached through such events.

Windrush Taskforce surgeries

The Windrush Taskforce has been travelling the country to explain the scheme and answer individual queries. They have run over 40 surgeries, with the support of local community groups and charities. Events have taken place in churches, community centres, mosques, gurdwaras and local council buildings.

If you are interested in hosting an event in your local community, please contact windrushsurgeries@homeoffice.gov.uk

For a list of upcoming online Windrush engagement events in August, please click here.

For more information Windrush: engagement events, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa

If you want to come to the UK for more than 6 months, you must be tested for tuberculosis.

(Updated as of 21 July 2020)

If you’re from Zambia click here.

If you’re from Gambia click here.

If you’re from Rwanda click here.

If you’re from Uganda click here.

If you’re from Tanzania click here.

If you’re from Uganda click here.

If you’re from Cameroon click here.

If you’re from Botswana click here.

If you’re from India click here.

If you’re from Kazakhstan click here.

If you’re from Myanmar (Burma) click here.

(Updated as of 11 August 2020)

For more information on Tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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UK points-based immigration system

Recently, the government has provided further details in plans for a new UK points-based immigration system.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 04 August 2020)

The statement includes information on:

  • the requirements of the points-based system
  • salary and skills thresholds for skilled workers
  • a route for students and graduates
  • who can apply
  • visiting the UK
  • other immigration routes

Please be advised that the above list is not exhaustive as there are more points to consider when making an application.

For more information on advice for UK points-based immigration system: further details statement, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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EU Settlement Scheme: community support for vulnerable citizens

For a list of Organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at-risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme, visit here.

(Updated as of 09 April 2020)

For more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

Compass Immigration Law LTD:

“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

Start up and Innovator visa endorsing bodies: guidance

For more information on guidance for start-up and Innovator visa endorsing bodies:, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

Compass Immigration Law LTD:

“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

EU Settlemement Scheme: current estimated processing times for applications

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Home Office have provided information regarding processing times for EU Settlement Scheme visa applications.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 27 March 2020)

“There will be delays in processing applications due to coronavirus (COVID-19). We are not accepting documents by post. If you’ve already started or submitted your application, please do not post any documents to us. If you post a document to us after 25 March 2020, there may be a delay in it being returned to you. If you posted a document to us on or before 25 March 2020, we will return this to you as soon as possible.”

Expected processing times:

  • Once you have applied, you do not need to contact the Home Office. You will be contacted if they require any further information
  • Usually, it takes 5 working days for complete applications to be processed – if more information is required, it may take up to one month
  • Applications are likely to take longer than a month to process if more information is required, you’re applying as a minor and your application is not linked to an adult, you have a relevant criminal record

For more information on EU Settlement Scheme estimated processing times for applications, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

Compass Immigration Law LTD:

“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATEMENT

At Compass Immigration Law Ltd, the well-being of our staff and clients is of the utmost importance. To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), for the foreseeable future, appointments will only be issued to clients on an ‘urgent’ basis.

As we continue to monitor the latest updates and advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE), we urge you to help us by not attending the office unless you have been instructed to do so by a member of staff.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 such as:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Shortness of breath

Follow the NHS guidelines at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and do NOT attend the office.

Until further notice, our Friday drop-in service held in Preston will be closed. Though our Monday drop-in service in Bolton will remain open, to minimise risk, we urge you to contact us to arrange telephone/skype consultations where necessary.

If you have any queries or require information about the progress of your case, please get in touch using the contact information below.

Compass Immigration Law Ltd

T: 01204 531 535

E: info@compasslaw.org.uk