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.

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