UK Visa Processing Times

Published 12 April 2024

Updated March 2024

Whilst the processing and decision waiting times for your visa application are critical in order to make important decisions surrounding travel and moving, these can vary depending on your situation, country of origin, type of visa, and more.

What is the current waiting time for a UK visa?

Applications inside the UK

If you’re applying from inside the UK, there are multiple types of visa that have various processing lead times.

For a Standard Visitor visa, a Skilled Worker visa, Student visa or Child Student visa, processing times are currently around 8 weeks.

However, this is seen to increase for applications such as the British National (Overseas) visa (12 weeks) or a Parent visa (12 months).

See the gov.uk website for more information and a full breakdown

Applications outside the UK

If you’re applying from outside the UK, you may experience differing lead times from those noted above.

For example, Standard Visitor, Permitted Paid Engagement or Marriage Visitor visas are currently experiencing a processing time of 3 weeks.

Temporary work visas including the Charity or Creative Worker visas are currently seeing a processing time of 3 weeks, whilst Parent, Child or Partner/Spouse visas increase to 24 weeks.

See the gov.uk website for more information and a full breakdown

Are there delays in UK visa processing?

UK visa processing can be delayed for multiple reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Time of year
  • The complexity of the case
  • Volume and accuracy of documents provided
  • Inaccuracy of evidence provided or additional evidence required
  • Increased visa demand of UKVI

When does the UK application processing time start?

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will start to process your application when either

  • your identify has been verified and you’ve submitted required documentation online,
  • or you’ve attended your appointment at a visa application centre to provide your photograph and fingerprints.

When does the UK application processing time finish?

The processing time will be classed as finished when you’ve received an email or letter to let you know that the UKVI has reached a decision.

What happens after your visa application is complete?

Whether your application has been granted or declined, Five Star can help you through any next steps.

Speak to the Five Star team today and we can help.

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