This 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 Jeddah, Al Khobar and Riyadh.
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 Moreover, 53 applications withdrawn and no application lapsed during the quarter.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.
|Quarter||UK Visa Applications from Saudi nationals||Entry Clearance Grants to Saudi nationals||UK Visa Saudi Arabia Success Rate||UK Visa Saudi Arabia Refusal Rate|
How many expatriates apply for UK visa from Saudi Arabia?
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).
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 Categories||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total Study (excl. Short-term students)||1,151||1,186||4,421||1,431||1,605|
|Short-term students (Student visitors)||1,916||6,230||2,347||1,725||2,318|
|Total Dependant Joining or accompanying||1||0||4||4||12|
|Total UK visa grants to Saudi Nationals||21,021||49,433||46,662||27,614||21,205|
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 2018-19||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|EEA family permits||1||2||1||0||2|
|Total UK Visitor visa grants to Saudi nationals||17,204||41,529||39,423||24,016||16,953|
|Visitors (Main apps)||17,138||41,451||39,358||23,908||16,881|
|Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps)||0||2||2||0||0|
|Other Settlement (indefinite leave)||0||0||0||0||0|
|Total UK Visitor and Other Visa Grants||17,784||41,691||39,607||24,170||17,101|
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 Arabia||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|PBS – Tier 1 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||6||9||7||12||3|
|PBS – Tier 1 Investors (Main apps)||0||3||3||8||1|
|PBS – Tier 1 Entrepreneurs (Main apps)||4||4||4||3||2|
|PBS – Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs (Main apps)||2||0||0||1||0|
|PBS – Tier 1 Exceptional talent (Main apps)||0||2||0||0||0|
|PBS – Tier 1 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||14||7||25||16||4|
|PBS – Tier 1 General (Deps)||1||0||0||0||0|
|PBS – Tier 1 Investors (Deps)||0||0||14||14||1|
|PBS – Tier 1 Entrepreneurs (Deps)||12||7||11||2||3|
|PBS – Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs (Deps)||1||0||0||0||0|
|PBS – Tier 2 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||15||36||56||49||35|
|PBS – Tier 2 General (Main apps)||1||0||3||2||5|
|PBS – Tier 2 Intra company transfers (Main apps)||2||1||4||0||1|
|PBS – Tier 2 Intra company transfers -LT (Main apps)||12||35||49||47||29|
|PBS – Tier 2 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||33||75||129||100||71|
|PBS – Tier 2 (Deps)||3||0||5||4||5|
|PBS – Tier 2 Intra company transfers – LT (Deps)||30||75||124||96||66|
|PBS – Tier 5 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||81||83||42||43||15|
|PBS – Tier 5 Creative and sporting (Main apps)||0||1||2||0||0|
|PBS – Tier 5 Gov Authorised Exchange (Main apps)||81||82||38||37||9|
|PBS – Tier 5 International agreement (Main apps)||0||0||2||5||6|
|PBS – Tier 5 Religious workers (Main apps)||0||0||0||1||0|
|PBS – Tier 5 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||2||102||16||52||29|
|PBS – Tier 5 (Deps)||2||102||16||52||29|
|Non-PBS Total (Main apps)||7||6||3||4||5|
|Domestic workers in private h/holds. (Main apps)||1||6||1||1||1|
|Non-PBS Other permit free employment (Main apps)||6||0||2||3||4|
|Total UK Work Visa Grants to Saudi Nationals||158||318||278||276||162|
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 Nationals||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|PBS – Tier 4 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||518||574||2,684||670||756|
|PBS – Tier 4 General student (Main apps)||513||570||2,659||652||754|
|PBS – Tier 4 Child Student (Main apps)||5||4||25||18||2|
|Non-PBS Students (Main apps)||z||z||z||z||z|
|PBS – Tier 4 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||633||612||1,737||761||849|
|PBS – Tier 4 General student (Deps)||633||612||1,737||761||849|
|Short-term study (Student Visitors) (Main apps)||1,916||6,230||2,347||1,725||2,318|
|Total UK Student Visa Grants to Saudi Nationals||3,067||7,416||6,768||3,156||3,923|
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 Nationals||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total UK Family Visa Grants to Saudi Nationals||11||8||5||8||7|
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 accompanying||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total Dependant joining or accompanying||1||0||4||4||12|
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:
- 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
- Al Khobar – Al Katheery Centre, 2nd Floor, Opposite SABB Bank, Al Rakaa, Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- 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 Khobar||5 days||15 days||30 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 2||37%||93%||97%|
|PBS Tier 4||55%||95%||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 Jeddah||5 days||15 days||30 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 2||16%||98%||100%|
|PBS Tier 4||52%||95%||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 Riyadh||5 days||15 days||30 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 2||28%||100%||N/A|
|PBS Tier 4||64%||98%||99%|
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