UK Tourist Visa Processing Time 2018 | General Visitor

This relates to UK Tourist Visit Visa Processing Time 2018 for UK Standard Visa Application for less than six months for the purpose of tourism and sightseeing in the UK. The visa processing times, for long-term visa applications such as 2, 5 and 10 years for frequently visiting the UK as a tourist, are not included in this post, as such applications are not categorized as Tourist or General Visitor Visa Applications but as Long-Term Multiple Entry Visa Applications.

The details for UK Tourist Visa Processing Time from different UKVAC indicates that it is quite certain that an applicant will receive a decision on his/her application within 12 weeks or 60 working days. Moreover, it is quite possible to receive a decision as early as within 2, 3, 5, 10, 15 or 30 working days.

An applicant usually receives a decision within 10-15 working days in 80-90% of the cases irrespective of the fact from where he/she is applying from. However, it is important to note that there is no correlation between the time duration and nature of the decision i.e. an application might be either refused or decided successfully (i.e. applicant granted a visa) within a given period of time. Moreover, a well-documented application has better chance to decide favourably in the evaluation process. Moreover, if your visa application is getting delayed and you are keen to know about the reasons for delays then can read our post: Why UK Visa Getting Delayed?

UK Tourist Visa Processing Time and UKVI Service Standards

UK Tourist Visa Processing Time 2018

For non-settlement visa processing such as UK Tourist Visitor Visa, UKVI has three service standards.

  • To process 90% of the Tourist Visitor Visa Application within 3 weeks or 15 working days;
  • To determine 98% of the Tourist Visitor Visa Applications from outside the UK within 6 weeks or 30 working days;
  • To decide all the non-settlement visitor visa applications from outside the UK within 12 weeks or 60 working days.

A random sample from different UK Visa Application Centres (UKVACs) during the month of January 2018 indicates that UK Standard Visitor Visa Applications for tourism and sight-seeing (General Visitors) are processed well within 60 days. Mostly 80-90%, within 10-15 days as detailed below:

  • The United Arab Emirates (Abu-Dhabi)– 75%, 88%, 97%, and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Abu Dhabi were determined in 3, 5, 10 and 60 days, respectively.
  • USA– 11%, 62%, 97% and 100% of the applications submitted from the USA were concluded in 3, 5, 10 and 60 days, respectively (please note: USA Passport holders are required to apply for UK Visa for visiting the UK for tourism; however, these applications are from those individuals who are applying from the USA but are not Citizens of USA such as person working in the USA on a work visa, Green Card Holders, doing business in the USA on a business visa, students studying in the USA etc.).
  • Nigeria (Abuja)- 12%, 20%, 28%, 91%, 99% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Abuja were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 days, respectively.
  • Nigeria (Lagos)– 1%, 7%, 13%, 82%, 99% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Lagos were concluded in 3, 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 days, respectively.
  • Ghana (Accra)- 12%, 19%, 53%, 94%, 99% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Accra were determined in 3, 5, 15, 30 and 60 days, respectively.
  • India (Ahmedabad)- 1%, 7%, 77%, 98% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Ahmedabad were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • India (Mumbai)– 6%, 6%, 99% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Mumbai were concluded in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Saudi Arabia (Al-Khobar)- 15%, 53%, 88%, 93% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Al-Khobar were determined in 2, 3, 5, 10 and 15 days, respectively.
  • Pakistan (Karachi)- 15%, 72%, 97% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Karachi were concluded in 3, 5, 10 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Egypt (Alexandria)- 5%, 76% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Alexandria were processed in 5, 10 and 15 days, respectively.
  • Algeria (Algiers)- 1%, 46%, 98% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Algiers were determined in 5, 15, 30 and 60 days, respectively.
  • Kazakhstan (Almaty)- 19%, 71%, 97% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Almaty were processed in 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Kazakhstan (Astana)– 3%, 32%, 84% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Astana were determined in 2, 5, 10 and 15 days, respectively.
  • Jordan (Amman)- 8%, 27%, 73%, 99% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Amman were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Turkey (Ankara)- 11%, 18%, 66%, 99% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Ankara were determined in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Turkey (Antalya)- 7%, 14%, 34%, 60% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Antalya were processed in 2, 3, 5, 10 and 15 days, respectively.
  • Greece (Athens)- 9%, 46%, 98% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Athens were determined in 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • New Zealand (Auckland)- 25%, 87% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Auckland were processed in 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.
  • Lebanon (Beirut)– 2%, 21%, 78%, 96% and 100% of the applications submitted at UKVAC Beirut were processed in 3, 5, 10, 15 and 30 days, respectively.

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Related: UK Standard Visit Visa Application Processing and RepresentationStandard Visit Visa UK- Family, Business, Tourist Applications and UK Visit Visa Applications, Documentary Evidence, Refusal Reasons.

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