UK Visit Visa Processing Time 2018- Family, Tourist, Business

This relates to UK Visit Visa Processing Time 2018UK Visit Visa Processing Time 2018 and evaluates the stated UKVI Service Standards for non-settlement visitor visa applications viz. Long-Term Visit Visa (more than 6 months),  General or Tourist Visit Visa (6 months or less), Business Visit Visa (6 months or less), Family Visit Visa (6 months or less) and  Other Visit Visa Applications (6 months or less) processing from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, USA and Lebanon during the month of January 2018.

UK Visit Visa Processing Time Vs. UKVI Service Standards

The actual visit visa processing time from India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Lebanon and USA indicates that more than 90% of visa applications were processed within 10-15 working days i.e. 2-3 weeks, which indicates that UKVI is meeting its service standards of disposing of non-settlement visit visa applications. Moreover, in most of the instances, 100% of the visit visa applications within 30-60 working days (i.e. 6-12 weeks) in accordance with the stated service standards of UKVI.

UKVI Service Standards (Non-Settlement Applications)

The stated UKVI Service Standards (Non-Settlement) for Customers/Applicants Applying for a Visa from Outside the United Kingdom are:

90% of non-settlement applications (are decided) within 3 weeks, 98% within 6 weeks and 100% within 12 weeks of the application date (where 1 week is 5 working days)

UKVI Priority Service Standards (Non-Settlement)

The purchase of priority service (for GBP 184 online or equivalent amount in the local currency at UKVAC) enables expediting processing of a visitor visa application before all other non-priority applications. The actual visit visa processing times from India, Lebanon, Pakistan, USA and Nigeria indicates that 15-40% of the applications of the non-settlement visitor visa were processed within 3-5 working days. Therefore, UKVI seems to be meeting its stated service standard with respect to priority service as well. Please note: usually the Priority Service Standard is 5 days; however, it may vary from country to country, for instance, for applications submitted from Pakistan, it is 7-9 days

How long does a Priority Visa application take?

UKVI aims to make a decision on your Priority Visa application, and contact you to let you know that your passport is ready to be collected within 5 working days from when you submit your biometric information.

Long-Term UK Visit Visa Processing Time

The information relating to long-term visit visa processing time, during Jan 2018, from Nigeria, USA, Lebanon, Pakistan and India indicates that apart from missing out meeting the stated service standard, only by a very close margin, in Nigeria (89% in 15 days), UKVI has been able to process more than 90% of the applications within 15 days during the month of January 2018. Moreover, all the long-term visit visa applications were decided within 30-60 days.

  • Nigeria (Lagos)– 5%, 16%, 44%, 89% and 100% of the Long-Term UK Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Lagos were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 60 days, respectively.
  • USA- 31%, 71%, 97%, 99% and 100% of the Long-Term UK Visit Visa Applications from the USA were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Lebanon (Beirut)- 7%, 35%, 81%, 98% and 100% of the Long-Term UK Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Beirut were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Pakistan (Karachi)- 23%, 77%, 97% and 100% of the Long-Term UK Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Karachi were decided within in 3, 5, 10 and 60 days, respectively.
  • India (Mumbai)- 38%, 39%, 99% and 100% of the Long-Term UK Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Mumbai were decided in 3, 5, 10 and 15 days, respectively.

Here it important to mention that Long-term UK Visit Visas (more than 6 months) are usually issued for 2, 5 and 10 years for any eligible visiting purpose such as meeting family, doing business, tourism; however, an applicant is not allowed to remain in the UK for more than 180 days during a single visit. For instance, a holder of 10-years visit visa enters the UK on Jan 1, 2018, is required to leave the UK on or before June 29, 2018. Usually, a long-term visit visa is issued to those applicants who have a good immigration history and have a frequent purpose of visiting the UK.

UK General or Tourist Visit Visa Processing Time

The General Visit Visa (6 months or less) is mainly meant for tourism and sight-seeing purpose. Colloquially, it is also called UK Tourist Visa.

During the month of January 2018, more than 90% of the UK Tourist Visit Visa Applications were decided within 10-15 days from Karachi, Mumbai, the USA and Beirut; however, in case of Lagos (Nigeria) the service standard was not achieved as 82%, instead of 90% of the applications, were disposed within 15 days. Nevertheless, all the applications were decided within 30-60 workings days from Karachi, Mumbai, USA, Nigeria and Lebanon.

  • Pakistan (Karachi)- 15%, 72%, 97% and 100% of the UK Tourist Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Karachi were decided in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • India (Mumbai)– 6%, 6%, 99% and 100% of the General Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Mumbai were decided in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days.
  • Nigeria (Lagos)– 1%, 7%, 13%, 82%, 99% and 100% of the General Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Lagos were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 days, respectively.
  • USA– 11%, 62%, 97% and 100% of the General Visit Visa Applications submitted from the USA were processed in 3, 5, 10 and 60 days, respectively.
  • Lebanon (Beirut)– 2%, 21%, 78%, 96% and 100% of the General Visitor Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Beirut were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.

UK Business Visit Visa Processing Time

The Business Visit Visa (6 months or less) is mainly issued for performing permitted business activities in the UK.

During the month of January 2018, more than 90% of the UK Tourist Visit Visa Applications were decided within 10-15 days from Karachi, Mumbai, the USA, Lagos and Beirut. Moreover, apart from Beirut, all the applications were decided within 30-60 workings days from Karachi, Mumbai, USA and Nigeria.

  • Pakistan (Karachi)– 20%, 77%, 97% and 100% of the Business Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Karachi were decided in 3, 5, 10 and 15 days, respectively.
  • India (Mumbai)- 39%, 40%, 97% and 100% of the Business Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Mumbai were decided in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Nigeria (Lagos)- 8%, 34%, 42%, 91% and 100% of the Business Visitor Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Lagos were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • USA- 35%, 77%, 99% and 100% of the Business Visitor Visa Applications from the USA were processed in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Lebanon (Beirut)- 7%, 38%, 85%, 97%, 98%, 99% and 100% of the Business Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Beirut are processed in 3, 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 and 90 days, respectively.

UK Family Visit Visa Processing Time

The Family Visit Visa (6 months or less) is mainly issued for meeting brothers, sisters, son, daughter and to perform permitted activities in the UK. The definition of family includes a stepbrother, stepsister etc. and in-laws such as mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law etc.

During the month of January 2018all the UK Family Visit Visa Applications were decided within 30 workings days from Karachi, Mumbai, USA, Beirut and Nigeria.

  • Pakistan (Karachi)15%, 71%, 97% and 100% of the Family Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Karachi were decided in 3, 5, 10 and 15 days, respectively.
  • India (Mumbai)- 8%, 10%, 99% and 100% of the Family Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Mumbai were decided in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Nigeria (Lagos)- 1%, 5%, 12%, 85% and 100% of the Family Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Lagos were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • USA- 10%, 47%, 96% and 100% of the Family Visit Visa Applications submitted from the USA were processed in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Lebanon (Beirut)- 2%, 8%, 80%, 95% and 100% of the Family Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Beirut were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.

Other Visit Visa Processing Time

The Other Visit Visa (6 months or less) is mainly issued for medical treatment, undertaking tests etc.

During the month of January 2018all the Other Visit Visa Applications were decided within 30 workings days from Karachi, Mumbai, USA, Beirut and Nigeria.

  • Pakistan (Karachi)- 24%, 63%, 93% and 100% of the Other UK Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Karachi were decided in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • India (Mumbai)– 6%, 7%, 97% and 100% of the Other UK Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Mumbai were decided in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Nigeria (Lagos)- 2%, 8%, 15%, 85% and 100% of the Other Visit Visa Application submitted at UKVAC Lagos were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • USA- 12%, 52%, 96% and 100% of the Other Visit Visa Applications from the USA were processed in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Lebanon (Beirut)- 5%, 28%, 83%, 98% and 100% of the Other Visit Visa Applications submitted at UKVAC Beirut were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.

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