This guidance aims at providing an overview of the UK visa from Lebanon in 2019 for all types of entry clearance applications. Accordingly, the post provides the details of all types of UK visa application fees and cost in Lebanese Pound (L£) and US$ from Lebanon, especially for Lebanese citizens and nationals applying for the UK tourist, family and business visitor visa for the very first time. In fact, the post also tries to answer faqs relating to the UK visa requirements, processing time and refusal rates from Lebanon. And also explain the usefulness of UK visa priority and TLS Connect added-value services from Beirut, Lebanon. Therefore, the post covers the following topics:
- How many Lebanese Nationals apply for UK visa and immigration?
- UK visitor visa application fee and processing time from Lebanon
- UK family and spouse settlement applications from Lebanon
- Tier 1 application charges and processing time
- Tier 2 applications cost and timelines
- UK Tier 4 student visa cost and processing time
- Tier 5 application fee and processing time
- Applications for other work categories from Lebanon
- UK visa applications from Lebanon FAQs
Moreover, for case processing and representation you can contact specialist immigration solicitors.
1) How many Lebanese nationals apply for a UK visa every year?
Perhaps, approximately more than 22K applicants every year apply for a UK visa from Lebanon. As a matter of fact, usually, more than 80% of applicants apply for the UK visit visa from Lebanon. For instance, in 2018 the share of visitor visas was 90.31% in the total visas issued to Lebanese citizens. Moreover, empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from Lebanon is around 10% i.e. 9 out of 10 applications by Lebanese nationals are usually successful.
UK visa applications from Lebanon 2019 Q1
In fact, during 2019 Q2, a total of 4,773 applications made by Lebanese citizens. Evidently, 4,533 decisions made on the entry clearance applications from Lebanon. And 4,040 visas granted during the 2019 Q1 and as many as 478 applications from Lebanese nationals refused. Moreover, 12 applications withdrawn and 0 applications lapsed during the quarter. Therefore, during the second quarter of 2019, the UK visa success and refusal rate for Lebanese nationals is 89.18% and 10.55%, respectively.
No of Decisions 2016-18
Evidently, during 2016-18 the number of decisions made on the UK visa applications from Lebanon hovers in the range of 20K. Perhaps, the number of decision during 2016-18 is showing a slightly increasing trend.
Apparently, during 2016-18 the number of UK visa grants to Lebanese nationals hovers in the range of 17-18K. Quite clearly, in 2018 the number of grants slightly decreased to 18,065 from 18,536 in 2017. However, the number of grants to Lebanese citizens in 2018 still remained higher than that during 2016.
UK visa success and refusal rate from Lebanon during 2015-18
Quite clearly, the UK visa success rate from Lebanon increased to 89.62%. However, in 2018 it came down to 86.53%. In fact, the UK visa success rate from Lebanon in 2018 is still slightly higher than that during 2016 (86.02%).
Accordingly, during the 2016-18 period, the UK visa refusal rate from Lebanon remained within a band of 9-13%, which is reasonably low! Therefore, if you are a Lebanese national, then the chances of getting a UK visa are pretty high indeed!
|UK visa refusal rate from Lebanon||13.52%||9.94%||13.03%|
|UK Visa Applications made by Lebanese Nationals||20,299||20,780||20,818|
|No. of decisions||20,133||20,683||20,876|
|UK visa grants to Lebanese Citizens||17,319||18,536||18,065|
|No. of applications refused||2,722||2,056||2,721|
|No of applications withdrawn||92||91||87|
|UK visa success rate from Lebanon||86.02%||89.62%||86.53%|
Broad visa categories
Moreover, 18,065 Lebanese citizens were granted a UK visa during 2018 in the following broad categories:
- Visitor Visa: 16,315
- Transit: 103
- Short-Term Study: 285
- Family Settlement: 118
- Dependant joining or accompanying: 7
- Other Settlement (indefinite leave): 1
- EEA Family Permit: 46
- PBS Tier 1: 32
- PBS Tier 2: 126
- Tier 4 Student: 761
- PBS Tier 5: 41
- Non-PBS Domestic Worker: 128
- Non-PBS Other permit-free employment (Main apps) – 7
- Other temporary visas – 91
- Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps): 4
Moreover, to know the country-specific details of UK visa applications and priority service please refer to Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, USA
2) UK visitor visa application fee and processing time from Lebanon
Please note the UK Home Office usually revises application charges once every year. Therefore, the charges in GBP remain the same during the year. However, due to exchange relate fluctuations the UK Application Fees in Lebanese Pounds may vary during the year. The exchanges rate used for computing application charges is L£1,500/- to a US$.
UK standard visitor visa fee from Lebanon
Apparently, applicants can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa from Lebanon. Perhaps, the most common and popular application is for 6 months standard visitor visa. The UK visa fee from Lebanon 2019 for 6 months application is L£181,500 ($121). Moreover, the charges for 2, 5 and 10 years applications are L£688,500, L£1,248,000 and L£1,567,500, respectively.
6 months visa charges with priority service
The UK visa cost from Lebanon for 6 months with priority service is L£601,500 i.e. application cost L£181,500 plus the priority service L£420,000. Please note: the charges are non-refundable!
2-year visa application cost with priority service
Quite clearly, the UK visa fee Lebanon for 2 years with priority service is L£1,108,500 i.e. application cost L£688,500 plus the priority service L£420,000.
5-year visa application charges with priority service
In fact, the UK visa price Lebanon 2019 for 5 years with priority service is L£1,668,000 i.e. application cost L£1,248,000 plus the priority service L£420,000.
10-year visa application charges with priority service
Finally, the UK visa fee Lebanon 2019 for 10 years with priority service is L£1,987,500 i.e. application cost L£1,567,500 plus the priority service L£420,000.
Private medical treatment
The UK visa application fees in Lebanese Pound for more than 6 months but less than 11 months private medical treatment visa is L£361,500 ($241).
Moreover, the application charges for visiting academic visa for more than 6 months but less than 12 months is L£361,500 ($241).
Marriage visitor visa
Quite clearly, the UK visa fee from Lebanon 2019 for the UK marriage visitor visa is L£181,500 i.e $121.
Permitted paid engagement
Furthermore, the application cost for permitted paid engagement (PPE) is L£181,500 (i.e. $121).
Approved Destination Scheme (ADS)
The application charges under Approved Destination Scheme (ADS) for visiting the UK in a Chinese tour group are L£181,500 (i.e. $121).
How many Lebanese get the UK visitor visa in 2018?
In fact, 16,315 Lebanese nationals get the UK visitor visa during 2018 with the following breakup:
- Visitors (Main apps) – 15,180
- Visitors (Dep) –1,135
UK transit visa application fee from Lebanon 2019
Apparently, the UK transit visa fees in Lebanese Pound for direct airside and landside transit visa are L£66,000 ($44) and L£121,500 ($81), respectively. And also L£121,500 ($81) for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft.
How many Lebanese get the UK transit visa?
Quite clearly, 103 Lebanese nationals get the UK transit visa during 2018.
What is the UK transit visa processing time from Lebanon?
Perhaps, the UK transit visa application processing time from Lebanon is usually 2 weeks or 10 working days.
Short-term study visa
Furthermore, the UK visa fee from Lebanon for the short term student visa (aka student visitor visa) for up to six months in Lebanese Pound is L£184,500 ($123). However, the charges for a short term study visa up to 11 months is L£354,000 ($236).
How many Lebanese get the short-term study?
In fact, 285 Lebanese citizens get the short term study visa during 2018. Moreover, the short-term study visa was previously known as the UK student visitor visa.
How to apply for the UK visit visa from Lebanon?
An applicant can apply online for any type of UK visitor visa application in Lebanon. Therefore, no paper application form is required. Moreover, for the convenience of the applicants from Lebanon, applicants have the option of reading the questions in Arabic. However, applicants can answer only in English. Moreover, after selecting a language for reading the questions, an applicant needs to select Lebanon as the country of application if an applicant is applying from inside Lebanon. Perhaps, if a Lebanese passport holder is applying from some other country then needs to select that particular country. And also need to provide the details of the permission to reside in that country.
How to submit UK visa application in Lebanon?
An applicant needs to attend an appointment at the following application centre in Lebanon:
- TLS Beirut, Downtown, Martyr’s Square, Opera Building, ground, processed during the month of March 2019
What is the UK visitor visa processing time from Lebanon?
Perhaps, all the short and long-term visitor visa from Lebanon usually processed within 10-15 days i.e. 2 to 3 weeks. Here it is important to note that UKVI’s service standard is to process all visitor visa applications within 12 weeks. Therefore, if an applicant intends to apply for UK visa from Beirut, Lebanon, then may expect a decision within 1 week with priority service or 2-3 weeks with standard service.
How to fast track UK visitor visa from Lebanon?
An applicant can fast track a UK visitor visa application from Lebanon by purchasing the priority service. The cost of the priority service is L£420,000 (US$280). Apparently, the UKVI’s service standard for priority non-settlement visa applications is 5 working days or 1 week for applications from Lebanon.
Who can use the priority service?
Perhaps, the priority service is usually for a straightforward case. However, even if you don’t have a straightforward case then no one is going to stop you from not purchasing the service!
How popular is UK priority visa service in Lebanon?
Apparently, more than 50% of the business and long term visitor visa applications from Lebanon decide within 1 week or 5 working days. Therefore, a large number of Lebanese businesspersons usually opt for UK visitor visa priority service.
Does the priority service guarantee anything?
No, certainly the priority service does not guarantee a favourable result. Moreover, payment for priority service does not even guarantee a quick decision. However, the UKVI usually expedite the processing of priority applications. Moreover, also inform an applicant via email, if the priority visa does process within 5 working days!
What if you experience delays in processing?
Perhaps, at times only a fraction of the applications from Lebanon might experience delays in processing. Apparently, there could be a number of different reasons for delays in UK visa processing.
3) UK settlement visa fee and timelines from Lebanon
The details of the UK settlement visa application cost and processing time from Lebanon for family settlement applications and also for dependant family members joining in the UK are as under:
UK spouse visa fee from Lebanon
The UK spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner visa fees from Lebanon is L£2,902,500 ($1,935). And the fee is also the same for a fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner visa. Finally, the settlement visa charges for the parent and dependant child visa under Appendix FM are also L£2,902,500 ($1,935).
UK spouse visa priority service from Lebanon
Quite clearly, the UK spouse visa fee with priority service in Lebanese Pound is L£3,994,500 i.e. UK spouse visa fee L£2,902,500 plus the UK settlement priority service fee L£1,092,000 ($728).
Who should use the priority service?
Furthermore, the settlement priority visa service is for a straightforward case. Therefore, applicants with past refusals, adverse immigration history and complex circumstances may not opt for the priority service. However, if your case is not straightforward, you can purchase the priority service at your own risk and cost!
What is the UK spouse visa processing time from Lebanon?
Quite clearly, the service standard of UKVI for settlement or spouse visa from Lebanon is to process 95% and 100% applications within 12 and 24 weeks, respectively. However, the service standard for spouse settlement priority visa processing is to decide an application within 30 working days or 6 weeks.
What is the UK spouse visa average processing time from Lebanon?
Perhaps, quite a few applicants from Lebanon are opting for settlement priority service. Therefore, usually more than 50-70% of the UK spouse and family settlment applications from Lebanon decide within 30 working days or 6 weeks. Moreover, usually, most of the applications from Lebanon conclude within 12 weeks or 60 working days. Nevertheless, a fraction of the applications even remains outstanding after 24 weeks or 120 working days!
Other dependant family members
Moreover, the UK visa fees in Lebanese Pound for an Adult Dependant Relative is L£6,195,000 ($4,130) per applicant, who requires care, such as a parent, grandparent, brother or sister and son or daughter aged 18 years or over.
Apparently, the application charges for returning residents are L£984,000 ($656).
Refugee dependant relative
Furthermore, the cost of settlement application for a refugee dependant relative is L£739,500 ($493).
Application fee: family reunion for asylum seekers
Apparently, there is no fee for Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants). However, the UK visa fee from Lebanon 2019 for the post-flight non-settled person is L£2,902,500 ($1,935). Moreover, the application charges for the family reunion – other dependent relatives – are L£739,500 ($493).
Settlement for current and former members of HM armed forces
Furthermore, the application charges for Lebanese citizens nationals for settlement of current and former members of HM armed forces and their dependants are L£2,902,500 ($1,935) for:
- Former UK Armed Forces
- Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)
- Overage dependant children of pre-1997 Gurkhas
- HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces
How many Lebanese get the UK settlement visa?
In fact, during 2018, as many as 118 Lebanese nationals get the UK family visa with the following breakup:
- Partner i.e. UK visa for Lebanese husband or wife- 105
- Child- 3
- Child (for immediate settlement)- 1
- Other- 9
Dependant Joining or Accompanying
Evidently, 7 Lebanese get a visa as a dependant partner (4) and child (3) to join or accompany their family members in the UK during 2018.
Family Members of EEA and Swiss nationals
How many Lebanese nationals get the EEA family permit?
Apparently, 46 Lebanese get EEA family permits during 2018.
What is the EEA family permits timeline from Lebanon?
Perhaps, most of the EEA family permit applications from Lebanon conclude within 2-3 weeks. However, the average processing time for EEA family permit applications from Lebanon is usually 10 working days.
4) UK Tier 1 visa application charges and processing time
The details of Tier 1 application fees and timelines from Lebanon are as under:
Tier 1 Investor application fee
Indeed, the Tier 1 Investor application cost for entry clearance applications from Lebanon is L£691,500 ($2,062) for main applicants and dependants.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur
Quite clearly, the UK visa fee Lebanon for Tier 1 Entrepreneur entry clearance applications is L£1,945,500 ($1,297). However, from March 29, 2019, the Innovator visa has replaced PBS Tier 1 entrepreneur.
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
Furthermore, the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur entry clearance fees for Lebanese citizens are L£691,500 ($461). Evidently, the start-up visa under Appendix W has replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur for fresh applications from July 6, 2019.
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
Apparently, the charges for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicant for the Lebanese passport holders are L£868,500 ($579).
Stage 2 Tier 1 exceptional talent application
Moreover, Tier 1 exceptional talent Stage 2 entry clearance application for the main applicant costs L£289,500 (US$193).
Furthermore, the charges for Tier 1 exceptional talent subsequent and dependants applications are L£1,159,500 ($773).
Tier 1 General and PSW – dependant applicants only
Apparently, the UK visa fees in Lebanese Pound for Tier 1 General and PSW dependant applicants are L£1,945,500 ($1,297) and L£1,152,000 ($768), respectively. Please note both these routes are closed for main applicants.
How many Lebanese Nationals get the Tier 1 visa?
Evidently, only 32 Lebanese get the Tier 1 visa during 2018 i.e.
- Investors (Main apps)- 2
- Entrepreneurs (Main and dependants)- 29
- Graduate Entrepreneurs (Main Applicant)- 1
What is the processing time for a Tier 1 visa from Lebanon?
In fact, nearly all PBS Tier 1 applications from Lebanon usually conclude within 10-15 10 working days. However, a few applications decide even within 5 working days.
5) Tier 2 application fee and processing time from Lebanon
The details of UK Tier 2 application charges and timelines from Lebanon are as under:
What is the UK embassy work visa fees in Lebanon?
Perhaps, the Tier 2 visa application cost is generally referred to as UK embassy work visa fees in Lebanese Pound. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa application fees from Lebanon is also erroneously referred to as UK work permit fees in Lebanese Pound. Please note: PBS Tier 2 replaced the UK work permit route in 2008. Moreover, the Points-based system (PBS) Tier 2 and Tier 5 application fee is also applicable to the Isle of Man. And Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of US$70/- (£55) applies to PBS main applicants.
Tier 2 General
Quite clearly, the application fee for Tier 2 General, ICT – LT Staff, Sportsperson and Minister of Religion, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less is L£1,162,500 ($775).
Fees for CoS for more than 3 years
Moreover, the charges for Tier 2 General and ICT – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years are L£2,325,000 ($1,550).
Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee
Apparently, the UK work visa fees from Lebanon for Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee is L£919,500 ($613) for the main and dependant applicants.
Tier 2 General Shortage Occupation
The UK work visa fees for Lebanese passport holders for Tier 2 General shortage occupation is L£885,000 ($590) for main and dependant applicants, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less.
Fees for CoS for more than 3 years
The UK work visa fees for Lebanese nationals for Tier 2 General shortage occupation is L£1,768,000 ($1,179) where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of 3 years or more, respectively.
How many Lebanese nationals get the Tier 2 work visa?
Evidently, 126 Lebanese get Tier 2 (Pre-PBS equivalent) work visa during 2018 under the following categories:
- Tier 2 General- 68
- Intracompany transfers – long-term- 20
- Tier 2 (Deps)- 31
- Tier 2 Intracompany transfers – long-term (Deps)- 7
What is the Tier 2 visa processing time from Lebanon?
Perhaps, the average processing time for Tier 2 applications from Lebanon is normally 10-15 working days. However, a few applications even conclude within 5 working days. Please refer: Tier 2 priority service for details.
6) UK Tier 4 student visa fee and processing time from Lebanon
The details of UK Tier 4 application charges and processing time from Lebanon are as under:
Tier 4 student visa fee
The charges for Tier 4 students and their dependants are L£663,000 ($442). Moreover, the application fee is the same for entry clearance as a student to enter the Bailiwick of Gurnsey or Bailiwick of Jersey.
Tier 4 student priority service
The UK visa fee from Lebanon 2019 for a Tier 4 student application with priority service is L£1,083,000 ($722) i.e. application charges L£663,000 ($442) plus the priority service cost L£420,000 ($280).
Parent of a Tier 4 child visa
Moreover, the application cost for Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months) is L£984,000 ($656).
How many Lebanese nationals get the Tier 4 student visa?
Evidently, 761 students from Lebanon get the Tier 4 student visa during 2018 with the following breakup:
- PBS – Tier 4 General student (Main apps)- 741
- Tier 4 Child Student (Main apps)- 7
- PBS – Tier 4 General student (Deps) – 13
What is the UK Tier 4 student visa processing time from Lebanon?
Apparently, the Tier 4 application processing time from Lebanon is fairly quick as nearly all the applications usually decide within 15 days. However, a decision can be as quick as within 5-10 working days.
7) Tier 5 work visa applications from Lebanon
The details of UK Tier 5 application charges and processing time from Lebanon are as under:
Tier 5 work visa fee
The application fee for Tier 5 main applicant and dependants is L£465,000 ($310) for Charity Worker, Creative and sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, Religious Worker, Youth Mobility Scheme and International Agreement.
How many Lebanese citizens get the Tier 5 work visa?
Evidently, 41 Lebanese nationals get the Tier 5 temporary worker visa during 2018 under the following categories:
- Creative and Sporting- 13
- Government Authorised Exchange- 24
- International Agreement- 1
- Religious Workers- 3
What is the Tier 5 processing time from Lebanon?
Perhaps, most of the Tier 5 applications from Lebanon usually conclude within 15-30 working days. However, a significant number of Tier 5 applications from Lebanon also conclude within 5 working days.
8) Applications for other work categories from Lebanon
The details of the charges for other work categories are as under:
Startup and Innovator visa fee Lebanon 2019/20
Apparently, the application charges for the UK innovator visa are L£1,945,500 ($1,297). However, the cost of applying for a start-up visa is L£691,500 ($461). Furthermore, if applicable, the charges are subject to a CESC discount of £55 for the main applicant.
UK ancestry visa fee from Lebanon 2019/20
Moreover, the UK ancestry visa fees in Lebanese Pound is L£984,000 ($656).
Representative of an overseas business
Furthermore, the cost of a representative of overseas business and dependants application is L£1,162,500 ($775). Moreover, the application cost is the same for an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation.
Domestic worker in private household
Apparently, the charges for an overseas domestic worker in a private household is L£984,000 ($656).
Furthermore, there is no application fee for
- Turkish businessperson visa
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)
- Members of International Organisations on Official Visits
- Official Transit through the UK
- Official Visit to the UK
Right of abode – certificate of entitlement
The UK visa fees in Lebanese Pound 2019 for the Right of abode – certificate of entitlement is L£739,500 ($493).
Transfer of conditions (vignette transfer)
Moreover, the fees for vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document) are L£294,000 ($196).
Single-entry visa to replace BRP
Apparently, the UK visa fees in Lebanese Pound for Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit are L£294,000 ($196).
Enquiry service charges
Additionally, the cost of UK visa enquiry service for knowing the application status from Lebanon is:
- L£10,500 ($7) for International Contact Centre Email Service (per query)
- L£3,000 ($2) for International Contact Centre Telephone Helpline (per minute)
Quite clearly, the cost of registered travellers is L£96,000 ($64) and L£45,000 ($30) for an adult and child, respectively. Moreover, the cost of registration of new documents is L£37,500 ($25).
9) UK visa from Lebanon 2019 FAQs
This covers a few faqs relating to application charges and premium services from Lebanon, especially for the first time tourist and family visitor visa applicants.
What is the UK child visitors visa fee from Lebanon?
Apparently, the application fee for infants and children is the same as that for adults. Therefore, the application charges for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years visitor visa application for infants and children are also L£181,500, L£688,500, L£1,248,000 and L£1,567,500, respectively.
What is the UK tourist visa fee Lebanon 2019?
Certainly, a fresh applicant needs to apply for the 6 months multi-entry visitor visa for tourism or family visit. Apparently, the UK tourist visa fees in Lebanese Pound is L£181,500 ($121). Moreover, at times applicants also refer the UK 6 months visitor visa as England or London visit visa from Lebanon. Perhaps, a repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor for tourism and family purpose. Furthermore, the UK tourist visa fees from Lebanon for 2, 5 and 10 years visa application is L£688,500 ($459), L£1,248,000 ($832) and L£1,567,500 ($1,045), respectively.
How much is the UK business visa fee Lebanon 2019?
Certainly, apart from tourism and family, visiting the UK for a business purpose is quite frequent from Lebanon. Accordingly, the UK business visa fee from Lebanon for 6-months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications is L£181,500 ($121), L£688,500 ($459), L£1,248,000 ($832) and L£1,567,500 ($1,045), respectively.
What is the UK priority visa fee Lebanon 2019?
As explained earlier, the fee for Priority non-settlement and settlement (spouse) service in Lebanon is L£420,000 ($280) and L£1,092,000 ($728), respectively. Moreover, the price of 24-hour same-day super-priority service in Lebanese Pound is L£1,822,500 ($1,215). However, the super-priority service is yet to initiate in Lebanon.
Moreover, as also explained in the preceding paragraphs, it is quite important to note: if an application is straightforward and the applicant can afford the priority visa charges to fast-track settlement or non-settlement application then it is advisable to opt for the priority or super-priority service from Lebanon. However, the priority service does not affect or influence the outcome of the decision. Therefore, if you are purchasing the fast track service for merely influencing the decision then please don’t waste your money!
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