This relates to UK Visa UAE 2019: application processing time from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. And also explain electronic visa waiver (EVW) for Emirati citizens. Accordingly, covers tourists, business, family visitor, spouse, family settlement, startup, innovator, student, work and transit applications from UAE. Moreover, also explains priority and super-priority services processing time from UAE. Accordingly, covers the following topics:
- UK Visa UAE: applications from Emirati Nationals 2018-2019
- Grants of visa and immigration to Emirati Nationals
- Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) for Emirati nationals
- The latest UK visa UAE processing times from Abu Dhabi and Dubai during May 2019
Please note: the total number of UK visa and applications made in UAE far exceeds the number of applications made by Emirati citizens because of a large number of foreign diaspora living the UAE. Therefore, statistics are only relevant for Emirati nationals. However, the information relating to processing time is useful for Emirati and foreign nationals living in the UAE.
1) UK Visa UAE: applications from Emirati Nationals 2018-2019
During the Jan-March 2019 quarter, 891 Emirati nationals applied for UK visa and immigration for entry clearance. Accordingly, 906 visa applications from UAE nationals resolved during the Jan-Mar 2019 quarter. And 887 visas granted, 6 applications refused. Moreover, 13 applications withdrawn and no application lapsed during the quarter. Accordingly, so far the UK visa success and refusal rate during 2019 has been 97.90% and 0.66%, respectively.
Applications from Emirati Nationals 2016-18
The details of the applications from Emirati nationals in Table below indicates that the number of applications has decreased from 7,573 (2016) to 5,736 (2018). Perhaps, may be due to greater use of electronic visa waiver (EVW). However, the UK visa success rate for Emirati nationals have remained more than 99% during the period.
|Quarter/Year||UK Visa Applications from Emirati nationals||Entry Clearance Grants to Emirati nationals||UK Visa Success Rate||UK Visa Refusal Rate|
2) Grants of UK visa and immigration to Emirati Nationals
During the 2018-19, the Emirati nationals have been granted a UK visa in all the broad categories i.e. temporary visits, spouse and family settlement, study and work. Moreover, the number of grants during the 2019 Q1 (887) is lower than that for 2018 Q1 (1,202). Perhaps, this is due to a decrease in the number of applications. And also due to a decrease in the UK visa success rate from UAE for 2019 Q1.
Apparently, the broad UK visa categories have sub-categories (or types). Therefore, the subsequent sections highlight the grants by UK visa types to Emirati nationals. Perhaps, this will facilitate an applicant to know: which are more popular types of UK visa applications from UAE.
The most popular UK visa type for Emirati Nationals
Perhaps, by far the most popular UK visa for Emirati nationals is the UK visitor visa. For instance, during 2019 Q1, 717 Emirati nationals granted a UK visitor visa, which nearly accounted for more than 80.94% of the total visa grants (887).
|UK Visa Grant to Emirati Nationals: Broad Categories||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total UK visa grants to Emirati Nationals||1,202||1,504||1,929||1,046||887|
|Study (excl. ST students) grants||77||45||679||99||93|
|Short-term students (Student visitors) grants||91||52||71||51||46|
|UK visa UAE: Spouse and Family Settlement grants||1||0||0||1||1|
|Dependant Joining or accompanying||0||13||0||0||1|
|UK Visit and Other visa grants to Emirati Nationals||1,016||1,369||1,162||881||739|
UK visit and other visa grants to Emirati nationals
Perhaps, all sundry visa applications, exclusive of work, study and family, are clubbed under the Other category, with the UK visitor visa.
|UK Visitor and Other Visa Grants to Emirati Nationals||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total UK Visitor and Other Visa Grants to Emirati Nationals||1,016||1,369||1,162||881||739|
|UK Visitor Visa Grants to Emirati Nationals (Total)||963||1,340||1,140||861||718|
|UK Visitor Visa Grants (Main apps)||957||1,327||1,134||857||718|
|Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps)||7||5||4||5||4|
|Other Settlement (indefinite leave)||0||0||0||1||0|
The UK work visa grants to Emirati nationals
During 2018 and 2019 Q1, Emirati nationals granted following types of UK work visas:
|Quarter||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|PBS - Tier 1 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||1||1||0||4||1|
|PBS - Tier 1 Investors (Main apps)||0||0||0||3||1|
|PBS - Tier 1 Graduate|
Entrepreneurs (Main apps)
|PBS - Tier 1 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||1||2||0||2||0|
|PBS - Tier 1 Investors (Deps)||1||2||0||2||0|
|PBS - Tier 2 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||2||12||6||2||1|
|PBS - Tier 2 General (Main apps)||0||0||4||0||0|
|PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers - long term (Main apps)||2||12||2||2||1|
|PBS - Tier 2 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||1||4||6||3||0|
|PBS - Tier 2 (Deps)||0||1||3||0||0|
|PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers - long term (Deps)||1||3||3||3||0|
|PBS - Tier 5 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||12||6||5||3||5|
|PBS - Tier 5 Creative and sporting (Main apps)||1||2||0||1||2|
|PBS - Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange (Main apps)||9||2||5||2||3|
|PBS - Tier 5 International agreement (Main apps)||2||2||0||0||0|
UK study visa grants to Emirati nationals
The details of study visa grants to Emirati nationals during 2018 and 2019 Q1 is as under:
|UK Study Visa Grants to Emirati Nationals||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total Study Visa Grants to Emirati Nationals||168||97||750||150||139|
|Total Study (excl. Short-term study)||77||45||679||99||93|
|PBS - Tier 4 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||63||26||660||94||89|
|PBS - Tier 4 General student (Main apps)||62||25||653||93||89|
|PBS - Tier 4 Child Student (Main apps)||1||1||7||1||0|
|PBS - Tier 4 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||14||19||19||5||4|
|PBS - Tier 4 General student (Deps)||14||19||19||5||4|
|Short-term study (previously Student Visitors) (Main apps)||91||52||71||51||46|
Family settlement visa grants
The details of UK settlement visa grants to Emirati nationals during 2018 and 2019 Q1 is as under:
|Family Settlement Grants to Emirati Nationals||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Partner (for immediate settlement)||0||0||0||0||0|
|Child (for immediate settlement)||0||0||0||0||0|
|Other (for immediate settlement)||0||0||0||0||0|
Grants to Dependant Joining or accompanying
The details of grants to dependant joining or accompanying an Emirati national during 2018 and 2019 Q1 is as under:
|Dependant joining or accompanying||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total Dependant Joining or accompanying||0||13||0||0||1|
3) Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) for Emirati nationals
In term of Appendix V for Visitors, instead of applying for a UK visa, nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE can get an electronic visa waiver (EVW) for visiting the UK up to 6 months for tourism, business, study and private medical treatment. However, EVW is only for a single entry. Therefore, an applicant needs a new EVW for every visit to the UK. Moreover, an EVW does not entitle a visitor to do work or get married or enter into a civil partnership in the UK.
You have to make a separate online EVW application for each person travelling, including children.
How to get an EVW for UAE?
Certainly, the procedure to apply for an EVW is quite different from applying for a regular UK visa application. Accordingly, an applicant needs to complete the online application form. However, an applicant doesn’t need to visit a visa application centre.
There is a non-refundable fee of 30 GBP payable by debit or credit card.
An applicant needs to complete the online form at least 48 hours before the trip to the UK. Accordingly, before starting to fill the form, an applicant must ensure that he/she has:
- a current passport
- an address in the UK for staying
- details of the journey to and from the UK (including departure and arrival dates and times)
Accordingly, an applicant then needs to complete the following steps:
- Fill in all the details in the form. You’ll be asked to upload an image of your passport photo. The details you enter must exactly match what is written in your passport and your travel details must be correct. Otherwise, you risk not being allowed to travel. It is okay for someone else to fill in the form on your behalf, but they will have to give their contact details as well as yours.
- Within 24 hours you will be sent an email with a link to download your EVW.
- Check your EVW to make sure the details are correct and then print it, or save it on your mobile phone or tablet as soon as possible.
- Contact the UKVI at least 48 hours before travelling to get anything changed.
- Bring your EVW with you when you travel.
You must bring your EVW with you when you travel.
4) UK visa processing time from UAE
Perhaps, nearly all the applicants are quite keen to have some idea about the average UK visa processing time. Certainly, the processing time starts when an applicant submits application and biometrics at one of the following UKVACs in UAE:
- Abu Dhabi – UK Visa Application Centre Shining Tower, Level 25, Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall, Abu Dhabi – UAE, P.O.Box 30023
- Dubai – UK Visa Application Centre, WAFI Mall, Level 3, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2 – Dubai – UAE
- Sharjah – UK Premium Visa Application Centre, 3rd Level, Regus 2XL Building, Near Mega Mall, Central Sharjah Al Qasimya – UAE
Accordingly, after receiving an application, as per the service standards, the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) intends to provide the best possible service. And also to processing applications as quickly as possible. Moreover, working days means the number of days exclusive of weekends and public holidays.
UK Visitor Visa UAE Processing Time
Details of the processing times from Dubai and Abu Dhabi indicate that most of the visitor visa applications are processed within 5-30 working days. Accordingly, there is quite a high possibility to get the decision within 10-15 working days.
PBS Immigration, Work, Student
Details of the processing times indicate that most of the points-based system (PBS)applications from UAE are resolved within 10-30 working days. Accordingly, there is quite a high possibility to get the decision within 15 working days.
UK visa processing time from Abu Dhabi May 2019
Perhaps, all the visitor and Tier 2 student visa applications during May 2019 from Abu Dhabi processed within 30 working days or 6 weeks. Apparently, only 63% of Tier 1 and 55% of the settlement applications decided with 30 working days. However, all the Tier 1 and 90% of the settlement applications from Abu Dhabi concluded within 60 working days or 12 weeks. Moreover, all the settlement applications from Abu Dhabi processed within 120 working days or 24 weeks.
|UK Visa UAE Processing Times from Abu Dhabi May 2019||5 days||15 days||30 days|
|Long Term Visit (more than 6 months)||36%||94%||99%|
|General Visit (6 months or less)||15%||95%||99%|
|Business Visit (6 months or less)||31%||94%||100%|
|Family Visit (6 months or less)||5%||97%||99%|
|Other Visit (6 months or less)||8%||97%||100%|
|PBS Tier 1||N/A||57%||63%|
|PBS Tier 2||12%||90%||100%|
UK visa processing time from Dubai May 2019
Apparently, during the month of May 2019, most of the UK visa applications from Dubai decided within 15 working days or 3 weeks.
|UK Visa UAE Processing Times from Dubai May 2019||5 days||15 days||30 days|
|Long Term Visit (more than 6 months)||49%||95%||99%|
|General Visit (6 months or less)||21%||96%||99%|
|Business Visit (6 months or less)||50%||97%||100%|
|Family Visit (6 months or less)||16%||97%||99%|
|Other Visit (6 months or less)||17%||97%||99%|
|PBS Tier 1||59%||100%||N/A|
|PBS Tier 2||18%||96%||100%|
|PBS Tier 5||34%||100%||N/A|
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