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Processing times for visas: applications within the UK

Apr 15, 2024

Here is a quick reference guide for the Home Office (UKVI) processing times.

Don't make any travel arrangements before applying or before a decision is reached on your application.

Allow ample time for your visa application process. You may opt for a quicker decision by paying an expedited processing fee.

Type of VisaProcessing Time
Standard Visitor8 weeks
Student Visa8 weeks
Child Student8 weeks
Partner or Spouse Visa8 weeks
Partner or Spouse Private Life12 weeks
Child8 weeks
An adult coming to be cared for by a relative (Adult Dependent Relative).8 weeks
Homes for Ukraine VisaAs quickly as possible
Skilled Worker8 weeks
Health and Care Workers3 weeks
Government Authorised Exchange Visa8 weeks
Charity Worker8 weeks
Creative Worker8 weeks
Religious Worker8 weeks
Innovator Founder Visa8 weeks
International Agreement8 weeks
Graduate8 weeks
High Potential Individual (HPI) 8 weeks
India Young Professional Scheme3 weeks
Start-Up 3 weeks
Overseas Domestic Worker Visa8 weeks
Secondment Worker8 weeks
Senior or Specialist Worker8 weeks
Representative of an Overseas Business8 weeks
Service Supplier8 weeks
UK Expansion Worker8 weeks
Minister-of-Religion Visa8 weeks
Scale-Up Visa8 weeks
Turkish Businessperson6 months
Turkish Worker6 months
Investor8 weeks
UK Ancestry8 weeks
British National Overseas12 weeks
Entrepreneur8 weeks
International Sportsperson8 weeks

What Factors Affect UK Visa Processing Times?

There are various factors that may impact the processing times of UK visas, such as:

  • The complexity of the case, such as assessments of Article 8 ECHR rights or derivative rights of EEA extended family members;
  • Concerns related to suitability requirements, including criminality checks;
  • Reviewing any past immigration history;
  • Ensuring the validity and authenticity of submitted documents;
  • The quantity of documents provided;
  • Potential need for further investigations or an interview;
  • The workload capacity of caseworkers; and
  • The seasonal fluctuations in processing times.

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