Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK

“Due to the operational impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), most of the UK’s visa applications centres are currently closed. All visa decision waiting times will be delayed until further notice. The ‘priority service’ and ‘super priority service’ are suspended for applications made outside the UK.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 27 March 2020)

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 et 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)

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.

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.

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“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

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