UK Visa Saudi Arabia applications, processing times, refusal rate

UK visa Saudi Arabia processing timeThis relates to UK Visa Saudi Arabia 2019: applications, processing time and refusal rate. Accordingly, provides details of UK visa for Saudi Nationals during 2018 and Jan-March 2019. And also the UK visa Saudi Arabia refusal rate. Moreover, explains the UK visa Saudi Arabia processing time from UKVAC Jaddah, Al Khobar and Riyadh. Accordingly, covers the following topics:

  1. UK visa Saudi Arabia: applications from Saudi citizens
  2. Grants of visa to Saudi nationals 2018-19
  3. UK Visa Saudi Arabia Processing Time 2019

Please note: the total number of entry clearance applications made from Saudi Arabia far exceeds the number of applications made by Saudi citizens because of a 9-10 million of foreign diaspora living the UAE. Therefore, statistics are only relevant to Saudi nationals. However, the information relating to processing time is useful for Saudi and foreign nationals living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

1) UK visa Saudi Arabia: applications from Saudi Citizens 2018-2019

During the Jan-March 2019 quarter, 22,551 Saudi nationals applied for entry clearance. Accordingly, 21,411 visa applications from Saudi Arabia resolved during the Jan-Mar 2019 quarter. And 21,205 visas granted, 153 applications refused. Moreover, 53 applications withdrawn and no application lapsed during the quarter. Accordingly, so far the UK visa success and refusal rate from Saudi Arabia during 2019 has been 99.04% and 0.71%, respectively.

Applications from Saudi Citizens 2016-18

The details of the applications from Saudi nationals in Table below indicates that the number of applications has increased from 135,482 (2016) to 145,715 (2018). However, the success rate for Saudi nationals has increased from 98.60% to 99.06% during the period.

QuarterUK Visa Applications from Saudi nationalsEntry Clearance Grants to Saudi nationalsUK Visa Saudi Arabia Success RateUK Visa Saudi Arabia Refusal Rate
2019 Q122,55121,20599.04%0.71%
2016 Q121,14921,13498.49%1.22%
2016 Q249,45042,51298.90%1.01%
2016 Q346,11051,29398.49%0.98%
2016 Q418,77317,91898.30%1.42%
2016135,482132,85798.60%1.09%
2017 Q122,90522,85599.07%0.81%
2017 Q242,44341,83299.51%0.41%
2017 Q341,34741,17098.92%0.81%
2017 Q419,64418,73898.84%0.94%
2017126,339124,59599.13%0.70%
2018 Q120,22521,02198.91%0.89%
2018 Q252,72249,43399.25%0.60%
2018 Q345,72946,66298.98%0.84%
2018 Q427,03927,61498.99%0.83%
2018145,715144,73099.06%0.76%

2) Grants of UK visa and immigration to Saudi nationals

During the 2018-19, Saudi nationals have been granted entry clearance 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 (21,205) is higher than that for 2018 Q1 (21,021). Perhaps, this is due to an increase in the number of applications.

Apparently, the broad entry clearance categories have sub-categories (or types). Therefore, the subsequent sections highlight the grants by UK visa types to Saudi nationals. Perhaps, this will facilitate an applicant to know: which are more popular types of applications from Saudi Arabia.

The most popular UK visa type for Saudi nationals

Perhaps, by far the most popular entry clearance applications for Saudi nationals is the UK visitor visa. For instance, during 2019 Q1, 16,953 Saudi nationals granted a UK visitor visa, which nearly accounted for 79.94% of the total visa grants (21,205 ).

UK Visa Grant to Saudi Nationals: Broad Categories2018 Q12018 Q22018 Q32018 Q42019 Q1
Total UK visa grants to Saudi Nationals21,02149,43346,66227,61421,205
Total Work158318278276162
Total Study (excl. Short-term students)1,1511,1864,4211,4311,605
Short-term students (Student visitors)1,9166,2302,3471,7252,318
Total Family118587
Total Dependant Joining or accompanying104412
Total Other17,78441,69139,60724,17017,101

UK visit and other visa grants to Saudi nationals

Perhaps, all sundry visa applications, exclusive of work, study and family, are clubbed under the Other category, with the UK visitor visa.

UK Visa from Saudi Arabia 2018-192018 Q12018 Q22018 Q32018 Q42019 Q1
Total UK Visitor and Other Visa Grants17,78441,69139,60724,17017,101
EEA family permits12102
Total UK Visitor visa grants to Saudi nationals17,20441,52939,42324,01616,953
Visitors (Main apps)17,13841,45139,35823,90816,881
Visitors (Deps)66786510872
Transit850550
Other temporary571108176149146
Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps)02200
Other Settlement (indefinite leave)00000

The UK work visa grants to Saudi nationals

During 2018 and 2019 Q1, Saudi nationals granted the following types of UK work visas:

UK Work Visa from Saudi Arabia2018 Q12018 Q22018 Q32018 Q42019 Q1
Total UK Work Visa Grants to Saudi Nationals158318278276162
PBS - Tier 1 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)697123
PBS - Tier 1 Investors (Main apps)03381
PBS - Tier 1 Entrepreneurs (Main apps)44432
PBS - Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs (Main apps)20010
PBS - Tier 1 Exceptional talent (Main apps)02000
PBS - Tier 1 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)14725164
PBS - Tier 1 General (Deps)10000
PBS - Tier 1 Investors (Deps)0014141
PBS - Tier 1 Entrepreneurs (Deps)1271123
PBS - Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs (Deps)10000
PBS - Tier 2 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)1536564935
PBS - Tier 2 General (Main apps)10325
PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers (Main apps)21401
PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers -LT (Main apps)1235494729
PBS - Tier 2 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)337512910071
PBS - Tier 2 (Deps)30545
PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers - LT (Deps)30751249666
PBS - Tier 5 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)8183424315
PBS - Tier 5 Creative and sporting (Main apps)01200
PBS - Tier 5 Gov Authorised Exchange (Main apps)818238379
PBS - Tier 5 International agreement (Main apps)00256
PBS - Tier 5 Religious workers (Main apps)00010
PBS - Tier 5 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)2102165229
PBS - Tier 5 (Deps)2102165229
Non-PBS Total (Main apps)76345
Domestic workers in private h/holds. (Main apps)16111
Non-PBS Other permit free employment (Main apps)60234

UK study visa grants to Saudi nationals

The details of study visa grants to Saudi nationals during 2018 and 2019 Q1 is as under:

UK Student Visa Grants to Saudi Nationals2018 Q12018 Q22018 Q32018 Q42019 Q1
Total UK Student Visa Grants to Saudi Nationals3,0677,4166,7683,1563,923
PBS - Tier 4 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)5185742,684670756
PBS - Tier 4 General student (Main apps)5135702,659652754
PBS - Tier 4 Child Student (Main apps)5425182
Non-PBS Students (Main apps)zzzzz
PBS - Tier 4 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)6336121,737761849
PBS - Tier 4 General student (Deps)6336121,737761849
Short-term study (Student Visitors) (Main apps)1,9166,2302,3471,7252,318

Family settlement visa grants

The details of UK settlement visa grants to Saudi nationals during 2018 and 2019 Q1 is as under:

UK Family Visa Grants to Saudi Nationals2018 Q12018 Q22018 Q32018 Q42019 Q1
Total UK Family Visa Grants to Saudi Nationals118587
Partner46547
Child01040
Other71000

Grants to Dependant Joining or accompanying

The details of grants to dependant joining or accompanying a Saudi national during 2018 and 2019 Q1 is as under:

Dependant joining or accompanying2018 Q12018 Q22018 Q32018 Q42019 Q1
Total Dependant joining or accompanying104412
Partner00214
Child10238

3) UK visa Saudi Arabia processing time 2019

Perhaps, nearly all the applicants from Saudi Arabia are quite keen to have some idea about the average processing time. Certainly, the processing time starts when an applicant submits application and biometrics at one of the following UKVACs in Saudi Arabia:

  1. Jeddah – TasHeel Commercial Center – Ground Floor, Suwaid Bin Sakher Street, Off Jundub Bin Kaab Street (Off Prince Sultan Street), Al Mohammadiya District 1, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. Al Khobar – Al Katheery Centre, 2nd Floor, Opposite SABB Bank, Al Rakaa, Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  3. Riyadh – 2591 Makkah road, al Hada, Riyadh 12913, Saudi Arabia (Beside Marriott Courtyard, Opposite of Diplomatic Quarters Gate 2)

Accordingly, after receiving an application, as per the service standards, the 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.

Long-term visits visa applications

Perhaps, nearly 99% of the UK long-term visitor visa applications processed within 10 working days. Moreover, 30-50% of the long-term visitor visa applications concluded within 5 working days. Accordingly, this indicates the use of priority service for fast-tracking by applicants from KSA.

UK general tourist visa processing time from Saudi Arabia

Apparently, the UK general tourist visa processing time from Saudi Arabia is usually 5-10 working days. However, normally all the UK tourist visa applications from Saudi Arabia conclude within 30 working days.

UK business visitor visa processing time from KSA

Nearly, more than 95% of the UK business visitor visa applications from Saudi Arabia processed within 10 working days. Moreover, all the applications conclude within 15-30 working days.

UK family visitor visa processing time from Saudi Arabia

Apparently, the UK family visitor visa application processing time from Saudi Arabia is 10-15 working days.

UK transit visa processing time

The UK transit visa processing time from Saudi Arabia is usually 5 working days.

Other visitor visa applications

All the other types of visitor visa applications from Saudi Arabia conclude within 10-15 working days.

PBS Tier 1 visa applications

The Tier 1 applicants from KSA have an average processing time of 10 working days. However, a few applications conclude within a week’s time.

PBS Tier 2 visa applications

Most of the Tier 2 applications conclude within 2-3 weeks.

UK student visa Saudia Arabia processing time

Perhaps, nearly 90-95% of the UK student visa application from KSA decide within 2 weeks. Accordingly, all the applicant concludes within 15-30 working days.

Tier 5 applications

Usually, the Tier 5 applications timelines from KSA is quite quick. And an applicant should expect a decision within 2-10 working days.

UK spouse visa timelines

Perhaps, the UK spouse visa processing time from KSA is 15-90 working days. Usually, applicants from KSA get a decision within 60 working days. And in case of priority spouse visa can get a decision within 15-30 working days.

EEA family permits

Apparently, the EEA family permit timelines from KSA is usually 10 working day or 1 week.

Other non-settlement visa applications

Perhaps, the timelines time for non-settlement applications is usually 10-15 working days. Accordingly, 70-90% of the non-settlement applications from Saudi Arabia are decided within 10 days or 2 weeks.

UK visa Saudi Arabia processing time from Al Khobar

Apparently, more than 90% of the entry clearance applications from Al Khobar during May 2019 processed within 15 working days or 3 weeks.

UK visa Saudi Arabia processing time from Al Khobar5 days15 days30 days
Long Term Visit (more than 6 months)31%98%100%
General Visit (6 months or less)16%99%100%
Business Visit (6 months or less)39%97%98%
Family Visit (6 months or less)21%100%N/A
Other Visit (6 months or less)11%97%99%
PBS Tier 237%93%97%
PBS Tier 455%95%100%
Other Non-Settlement58%98%100%

UK visa Saudi Arabia processing time from Jeddah

Perhaps, more than 94% of the entry clearance applications from Jeddah during May 2019 processed within 15 working days or 3 weeks.

UK visa Saudi Arabia processing time from Jeddah5 days15 days30 days
Long Term Visit (more than 6 months)40%98%99%
General Visit (6 months or less)19%98%100%
Business Visit (6 months or less)40%94%98%
Family Visit (6 months or less)23%98%100%
Other Visit (6 months or less)18%98%100%
PBS Tier 216%98%100%
PBS Tier 452%95%100%
Other Non-Settlement66%97%100%

UK visa Saudi Arabia processing time from Riyadh

Perhaps, more than 97% of the entry clearance applications from Riyadh during May 2019 processed within 15 working days or 3 weeks.

UK visa Saudi Arabia processing time from Riyadh5 days15 days30 days
Long Term Visit (more than 6 months)37%99%100%
General Visit (6 months or less)19%99%100%
Business Visit (6 months or less)46%98%98%
Family Visit (6 months or less)17%97%100%
Other Visit (6 months or less)13%99%100%
PBS Tier 228%100%N/A
PBS Tier 464%98%99%
Other Non-Settlement61%99%99%

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