UK Spouse Visa Processing Time Pakistan, EEA Family Permit

This update relates to UK Spouse Visa Processing Time 2017 Pakistan and also covers Dependants Settlement, delay in spouse visa processing, EEA Family Permits, and Non-Settlement visa application processing time for Applications submitted from Pakistan at the UKVAC Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Mirpur during the month of February 2017.

A category-wise detail of the visa processing times for Settlement, Spouse, EEA Family Permits and Non-Settlement visa applications is as under; however, it is important to note that the actual processing times may vary due to a range of factors:

UK Settlement Visa Processing Time from Pakistan

UK Spouse Settlement Visa Processing Time

  • UK Spouse Visa Processing Time Pakistan, EEA Family PermitIslamabad – 3%, 6%, 33%, 82% and 91% of the applications were decided within 10, 15, 30, 60 and 90 days, respectively. 94% of the applications were concluded within 120 days;
  • Karachi – 1%, 17%, 50%, 81% and 84% of the applications were decided within 10, 15, 30, 60 and 90 days, respectively. 89% of the applications were concluded within 120 days;
  • Lahore – 2%, 8%, 36%, 83% and 96% of the applications were decided within 10, 15, 30, 60 and 90 days, respectively. 98% of the applications were concluded within 120 days;
  • Mirpur – 5%, 11%, 38%, 83% and 92% of the applications were decided within 10, 15, 30, 60 and 90 days, respectively. 96% of the applications were concluded within 120 days.

Reasons for Delays in Spouse Visa Processing Time

As indicated above, irrespective of the location of UKVAC, very few applications are either decided within 10 days or remain pending after 120 days. This disparity in deciding the spouse visa applications are due to establishing the bonafide of the applicant and the workload of Home Office.

Priority Service May Not Mitigate Delays

Although by purchasing priority service, the delays due to workload may be mitigated; however, before making a decision it requisite for the Home Office to get satisfied with the bonafide of an applicant i.e. the civil partnership or marriage of the applicant is genuine and subsisting with the British Citizen as in the past this route has been grossly exploited by unscrupulous elements.

Evaluation of the Genuineness of the Relationship

Accordingly, if an applicant submits an application in June at the UKVAC and Supporting Documents are sent to Sheffield after a fortnight in July then an application may be decided as earlier as end July or it might linger on until the year-end or early next year because the Home Office will be evaluating the genuineness of the relationship in the light of the evidence submitted by an applicant.

An Applicant Might Be Interviewed

Moreover, the applicant might also get a call from the Home Office and may be asked questions relating to the date of birth, house address, spouse’s date of birth, where the British spouse lives in the UK or elsewhere, date of marriage or starting of the civil partnership, employment and sources of income.

EEA Family Permits Processing Time

  • Islamabad – 21%, 80%, 81%, 92% and 99% of the applications were decided within 5, 10, 15, 30, and 60 days, respectively. All the applications were concluded within 90 days;
  • Karachi – 20%, 58% and 75% of the applications were decided within 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively. All the applications were concluded within 60 days;
  • Lahore – 15%, 72%, 87% and 90% of the applications were decided within 5, 10, 30 and 60 days, respectively. 93% of the applications were completed within 90 days;
  • Mirpur – 19%, 69%, 72%, 82% and 99% of the applications were decided within 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 days, respectively. All the applications were completed within 90 days.

Other Non-Settlement Visa

  • Islamabad – 40% and 80% of the applications were decided within 5 and 10 days, respectively. All the applications were concluded within 30 days;
  • Karachi – 62% of the applications were decided within 10 days, respectively. All the applications were concluded within 15 days;
  • Lahore – 22% and 77% of the applications were decided within and 10 days, respectively. All the applications were concluded within 15 days;
  • Mirpur – 80% of the applications were decided within 15 days. All the applications were concluded within 30 days.

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