UK Visa Waiting times

You may be able to pay for a faster decision on a visa application. This usually involves paying a priority service fee of £250 for most visas or for Family visas (Spouse or Fioncee visa) £573. For Visitors you can opt for the super priority service at an additional costs of £956. These options are presented when you book your fingerprints appoitment with VFS Global orTLS Contact.

For applications from within the UK there are additional options and the fee is paid with the application fee. i.e you would pay the £1,250 (Application fee from Autumn 2023) plus £800 so you will be presented with two or three options.

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Priority fee is collected by the UKVI directley for in-country applications – Contact us now for help!

When your application processing time starts

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) starts processing your application once you either:

Applications made in the USA

If you make an appointment at a USCIS Application Support Center to provide your fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information), you must then send your passport and documents to the VFS processing hub in New York.

If you make an appointment at a VFS premium Application Centre to provide your fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information), you can submit your passport and supporting documents at that location.

In both cases, the processing time starts when VFS receive your application.

When your application processing time ends

You’ll get a letter or email to let you know that a decision has been made on your application.

If you attended a visa application centre, you should not visit one until you have been contacted to do so.

You do not need to contact UKVI to track your application if you’ve already made a visa application and it is still within the current processing times.

Current processing times

The processing times listed below are based on the current volume of visa applications.

All UK processing times are measured against agreed customer service standards.

Visit visas

Categoryprocessing time
Standard Visitor3 weeks
Permitted Paid Engagement3 weeks
Marriage Visitor3 weeks
Chinese tour group3 weeks
Transit3 weeks

Study visas

Categoryprocessing time
Student3 weeks
Child Student3 weeks
Study English in the UK3 weeks

Family visas

Categoryprocessing time
Partner or spouse24 weeks 
Parent24 weeks 
Child24 weeks 
Adult coming to be cared for by a relative24 weeks 
Homes for UkraineAs quickly as possible 
Ukraine Family SchemeAs quickly as possible 
Categoryprocessing time
Skilled Worker3 weeks 
Health and Care Worker3 weeks 

Temporary work visas

Categoryprocessing time
Government Authorised Exchange3 weeks 
Charity Worker3 weeks 
Creative Worker3 weeks 
International Agreement3 weeks 
Seasonal Worker3 weeks 
Religious Worker3 weeks 

Work visas you can apply for without a job offer

Categoryprocessing time
Global Talent3 weeks 
Youth Mobility Scheme3 weeks 
India Young Professionals Scheme visa3 weeks 
UK Ancestry3 weeks 
High Potential Individual (HPI)3 weeks 

Work visas to start a business

Categoryprocessing time
Innovator Founder3 weeks 
Start-up3 weeks 

Work visas for an overseas employer

Categoryprocessing time
Overseas Domestic Worker3 weeks 
Graduate Trainee3 weeks 
Secondment Worker3 weeks 
Senior or Specialist Worker3 weeks 
Representative of an Overseas Business3 weeks 
Service Supplier3 weeks 
UK Expansion Worker3 weeks 

Other visas and permits

Categoryprocessing time
British National (Overseas)12 weeks 
International Sportsperson3 weeks 
Minister of Religion3 weeks 
Scale-up Worker3 weeks 

When you might wait longer

Your visa application may take longer to process, for example:

  • the information in your application is not accurate or requires further consideration
  • you need to provide further evidence, for example evidence of funds
  • your supporting documents need to be verified
  • you need to attend an interview
  • further information is required on your personal circumstances (for example if you have a criminal conviction)
  • UKVI is experiencing increased visa demand

You will be contacted by a letter or email if we need more information on your visa application.

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