UK Spouse Visa Timelines 2020/21 for Family Settlement

This guidance relates to UK spouse visa processing time after biometrics 2019, 2020, and 21 for partner/family settlement, leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain (ILR) applications. Moreover, also provides the details of UK spouse/partner visa priority and super-priority processing time for family settlement from overseas, extension and indefinite leave to remain applications (aka ILR premium service timelines).

1. Overview 2. Standards 3. FAQs 4. Entry Clearance 5. Extension 6. ILR 7. Country Specific Details

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1. Overview

UK Spouse Visa Processing Timelines

The details from different UKVACs indicates that the UK spouse visa processing time after biometrics may vary on a case-to-case basis, depending on the nature of the application and the administrative workload/consideration of the UKVI. Indeed, for a straightforward spouse visa application with priority service, it is quite possible to receive a decision within 3, 5, 10, 15 or 30 working days. However, the UK spouse visa processing time for normal applications is usually within 12 weeks or sixty working days. Nevertheless, 10-15% spouse visa applications (mostly non-straightforward) may remain outstanding even after 120 working days or 24 weeks.

UK Spouse Visa Priority Processing Time

The service standard for UK spouse visa processing time is usually 12 weeks or sixty working days. However, the service standard of UK spouse priority visa processing time is normally 6 weeks or thirty working days. Please note, 20-25% of the settlement applications are not straightforward, therefore, in such instance there are more than 99% chance that a spouse settlement application may not be processed within the respective service standards.

UK Spouse Visa Processing Time Covid-19 after Biometrics 2020/21

In fact, due to the ongoing global impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19), disruptions to local travel and courier routes have increased the processing time in some regions and countries. These delays mean that it may take longer than usual for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to assess entry clearance applications. Accordingly, the UK spouse, partner, fiancé, or family settlement visa processing time after biometrics from outside the UK may take more than sixty working days (12 weeks).

2. Service Standards

UK Spouse Visa Processing Time after Biometrics

Concisely, the service standard for a straightforward UK spouse visa processing time after biometrics 2020/21 for entry clearance, extension, and indefinite leave to remain (ILR) settlement applications are to:

  1. fast track straightforward entry clearance priority spouse settlement visa applications from overseas within 6 weeks or thirty working days
  2. decide 98.5% and 100% of standard (normal) spouse settlement visa applications from overseas within 12 weeks and 24 weeks, respectively
  3. fast track straightforward priority spouse extension visa applications within five working days
  4. decide standard (normal) spouse extension visa applications within 8 weeks (40 working days)
  5. fast track straightforward super-priority spouse extension and ILR visa applications by next working day
  6. decide standard (normal) spouse ILR settlement applications within 6 months

Please note, the service standard is only maintainable in case of a straightforward family/partner settlement application. Therefore, if an application is categorized as non-straightforward then it is bound to experience delays.

The time starts when you attend your appointment at the visa application centre and submit your biometrics (if applicable). The processing time will end when your passport is ready for collection.

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UK Spouse Visa Processing Time after Biometrics 2020/21

Application/Service TypeUKVI Service Standards
Non-straightforwardNo Obligation to meet Service Standards
Entry Clearance Applications from Overseas with Standard (Normal) ServiceUsually 12 weeks, but may be up-to twenty-four weeks
Priority Entry Clearance Application (Additional Cost £573)30 Working Days (6 Weeks)
Leave to Remain (LTR) - Extension or Switching Applications with Standard (Normal) Service40 Working Days (8 Weeks)
Leave to Remain (LTR) - Extension or Switching Application with Priority Service (Additional Cost £500)5 Working Days (1 Week)
ILR Standard (Normal) Service6 Months
LTR (Extension or Switching) and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Applications with Super Priority Service (Additional Cost £800)Next Working Day (24-hours)
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    3. FAQs

    UK Spouse Visa Processing Time after Biometrics

    How to expedite?

    An applicant may expedite UK spouse visa timelines by:

    1. submitting an accurate, clear, and well-documented application at the time of appointment at an application centre
    2. including any required photographs
    3. providing clear supporting documents for maintenance funds
    4. making a leave to remain – extension, switching or ILR – application before the expiry of the current permission to stay in the UK
    5. hiring a specialist immigration solicitor for documentation – only if necessary and affordable
    6. purchasing the settlement priority service – only if necessary and affordable. Please note application fees and that for the priority service are non-refundable after biometrics. Moreover, purchasing priority or premium service does not guarantee any additional benefit
    7. enrolling for biometric information in case of leave to remain application
    8. promptly responding to any requests for further information made by UKVI/Home Office
    9. using the correct application form – only in case of a paper application. And signing and dating the paper application properly and furnishing the required supporting documents. Moreover, including the payment and any cheque for the full fee.

    What are the reasons for quick processing?

    In fact, contrary to UK spouse visa timelines in Pakistan and India, twenty percent of the partner visa applications from USA processed within 30 days. And more than 40% of the applications from the USA were processed within thirty working days or 6 weeks. This is due to greater usage of priority service, better documentation, country risk perception, the higher credibility of the applicants and their respective sponsors. Quite noteworthy: the priority service charges are on a higher side, therefore, applicants with a higher disposable income are more likely to use it. Accordingly, people applying from countries with higher per capita income are more inclined to purchase priority service to expedite UK spouse visa timelines.

    What are the reasons for variation in timelines?

    Perhaps, UKVI is keen to meet its service standard. And likes to dispose of applications as soon as possible. However, at the same time, the UKVI does not wish to compromise the quality of decision making. For instance, in April 2019, 57% and 91% of the applications from the USA decided within 30 and 60 days, respectively. However, 7% of spouse visa applications from USA remain outstanding even after the stipulated 120 days. This indicates a variation in the UK spouse visa processing time due to documents verification, interview, overall credibility of the applicant etc.

    What is a Complex Application?

    A straightforward spouse visa application means that an applicant has not only met the requirements but has an immaculate overall credibility- applicant’s background, relations with the sponsor, income verification, intentions, and plans in the UK etc.

    Therefore, if a spouse/partner visa application is categorized as non-straightforward then the processing time usually exceeds the respective service standards as UKVI does not maintain any service standard for non-straightforward applications. For instance, UK spouse visa processing time for a non-straightforward (complex) overseas family settlement application may exceed 60-90 working days- or even 120 working days. Nevertheless, in such instances, UKVI usually intimates that the application is non-straightforward within 6-8 weeks from the date of the receipt of documents by Sheffield UKVI.

    With the Super Priority Service, the implication is you’d receive a visa straight away – it took 38 days

    The Guardian

    Is the Processing System Perfect?

    No. Certainly, there are some individual grievances against UKVI for unnecessarily delaying the decisions. And making the wrong decisions. It’s quite human to make mistakes. And due to the high quantum of applications, wrong decisions could be made. However, it is not in the interest of UKVI to either delay processing or to make a wrong decision. Therefore, a margin of error should be given to both the caseworker and UKVI administrative arrangements.

    Do timelines really matter?

    Irrespective of the duration of the processing time, an applicant is satisfied if the final decision is favourable. In fact, during the application process, it is the anxiety, which takes its toll on the applicant. However, once the result is successful then the applicant forgets: how long it took to get the final decision! Contrarily, if the result is a refusal, then applicant start finding faults in the UK visa assessment procedure. Although the decision-making process is not perfect; however, usually it is quite objective and well-functioning. Quite noteworthy: do your homework before submitting the UK spouse visa application.

    What is the UK Fiancé Visa Processing Time?

    In fact, the service standard for UK fiancé visa is the same as that for spouse/partner applications i.e., 98.5% and 100% applications are processed within 60 and 120 working days, respectively. Moreover, applicants can purchase the £573 settlement priority service for fast tracking the UK fiancé visa processing time within thirty working days.

    Hello,

    I’m from Israel and have applied to join my fiancée in the UK.

    Online application date: 3rd January 2019
    Biometrics: 8th of January 2019
    Application received by UKVI (being prepared for ECO): 16th of January 2019
    Documents returned: 27th March 2019
    Escalated by emailing UKVI: 2nd of April 2019

    I’m still waiting, it’s been 69 Business days since biometrics. Is this normal? Could someone explain why it could be taking that long?

    Thank you.

    Immigration Board

    What is the Processing Time for Reapplication?

    Perhaps, depending on the nature of the spouse visa refusal reasons, an applicant can either reapply or appeal. Therefore, if one opts for a reapplication then the UK spouse visa processing time may usually be within sixty working days. Moreover, it is not recommended to opt for the priority service after a spouse visa refusal.

    3RD APPLICATION- REFUSED TWICE PREVIOUSLY

    Type Of Visa Applied: Spouse Settlement wife
    Priority/Non-Priority: Priority
    Application Centre: Mumbai North
    Online Application Submitted: 15/10/2019
    Biometrics: 24/10/2019
    SMS Application Forwarded to UKVI: 24/10/19
    Documents scanned at VFS Manchester: 5/11/2019
    Email stating “Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an ECO”: 25/10/2019 and 14/11/19 (got two)
    Sponsor contacted by UKVI: No
    Case not straightforward email: No
    Decision made email from UKVI after contacting through email: No
    VFS Text And Email for Passport Collection: 21/11/2019
    Passport Collected: 23/09/2019
    Status: Granted
    Vignette: 25/11/19-25/12/19

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    4. Entry Clearance Applications

    UK Spouse Visa Processing Timelines

    The normal service standard for UK spouse visa processing time is 12-24 weeks or 60-120 working days. However, applicants can still fast track their spouse applications by purchasing the £573 priority settlement service to enable processing within thirty working day or 6 weeks.

    Please note, if an application is not straightforward due to past refusals, removals, deportation, detentions, criminal records etc. then it is not advisable to opt for the priority service. An applicant should use the priority settlement service for the processing of a straightforward spouse visa application. And if one can afford the additional cost without any problem. Quite noteworthy: the payment of priority service fee does not guarantee anything. Therefore, an applicant should neither expect a favourable outcome nor an expeditious decision after purchasing the priority service. Moreover, the priority visa fee is not refundable.

    2019 Q3

    During July-Sept 2019 Q3, UKVI received 7,036 straightforward and 1,579 non-straightforward standard (normal) spouse visa applications. Accordingly, decided 7,004 straightforward spouse/partner visa applications within the sixty working days service standards. Therefore, the UK spouse visa processing time after biometrics 2019Q3 for 99.50% of straightforward entry clearance applications with standard (normal) service was within sixty working days.

    Priority 2019 Q3

    Additionally, during 2019Q3, UKVI received 4,224 straightforward and 376 non-straightforward priority visa applications. Accordingly, decided 3,815 straightforward priority visa applications within the thirty working days service standards. Therefore, UK priority spouse visa processing time 2019Q3 for 90.32% of straightforward entry clearance applications was within thirty working days.

    2019 Q2

    During April-June 2019 Q2, UKVI received 7,044 straightforward and 2,052 non-straightforward standard (normal) spouse visa applications. Accordingly, decided 6,874 straightforward spouse/partner visa applications within the sixty working days service standards. Therefore, the UK spouse visa processing time after biometrics 2019Q2 for 97.59% of straightforward entry clearance applications with standard (normal) service was within sixty working days.

    Priority 2019 Q2

    Additionally, during 2019Q2, UKVI received 3,687 straightforward and 261 non-straightforward priority spouse/partner visa applications. Accordingly, decided 3,205 straightforward priority spouse/partner visa applications within the thirty working days service standards. Therefore, UK priority spouse visa processing time 2019Q2 for 86.93% of straightforward entry clearance applications was within thirty working days.

    2019 Q1

    During Jan-March 2019 Q1, UKVI received 12,493 straightforward and 3,561 non-straightforward spouse visa applications. Accordingly, decided 12,394 straightforward spouse/partner visa applications within the service standards. Therefore, 99.2% of straightforward spouse entry clearance visa applications decided within the service standards.

    Example

    Applied for spousal visa (husband) – without priority services
    Biometrics 21/01/2020
    Email received that application has been received on 10/02/2020
    No calls made to the employer
    Interview for both myself and husband on 21/02/2020
    VFS mail received 19/03/2020 to collect passport
    Visa Granted

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    5. Leave to Remain (Extension or Switching)

    UK Spouse Visa Processing Time after Biometrics

    The normal service standard for UK spouse/partner visa extension processing time is 8 weeks or forty working days. However, applicants can still fast track their spouse visa extension applications by purchasing the £800 super-priority service (aka same-day and ILR Premium Service) to enable processing within 24 hours.

    Please note: the 5-day priority service (£500) is available for other types of leave to remain applications. However, so far it is not available for spouse visa extension applications.

    2019 Q3

    During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 9,186 spouse visa leave to remain applications received – including unmarried and same-sex civil partners. However, thirty applications refused as invalid, and 2,204 spouse extension applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 6,952 straightforward applications, 6,782 decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK spouse/partner visa extension processing time 2019 for 97.60% of straightforward applications was within 8 weeks.

    Super-Priority 2019 Q3

    Please note, the 5-day priority service is not available for UK spouse visa extension timelines. However, during the period, 3,486 straightforward and 385 non-straightforward super-priority spouse visa extension applications received. Accordingly, decided all the 3,479 straightforward super-priority spouse/partner visa extension applications by the next working days. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019Q3 for 99.80% of super-priority (premium) spouse leave to remain applications was within 24 hours.

    2019 Q2

    During April-June 2019 Q2, 8,562 spouse visa leave to remain applications received – including unmarried and same-sex civil partners. However, thirty-six applications refused as invalid, and 1,508 spouse extension applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 6,946 straightforward applications, 6,806 decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK spouse/partner visa extension processing time 2019Q2 for 97.98% of straightforward applications was within 8 weeks.

    Super-Priority 2019 Q2

    During the period, 3,059 straightforward and 342 non-straightforward super-priority spouse visa extension applications received. Accordingly, decided 3,038 straightforward super-priority UK spouse visa extension applications by the next working days. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019Q2 for 99.31% of super-priority (premium) spouse leave to remain applications was within 24 hours.

    Example

    Application Type: FLR(M): My wife’s timeline, first application for Spouse Leave to Remain (Husband on ILR):
    Application Submitted online on 11 Jan 2020
    Postal or In-Person Application: Online (Standard)
    Biometrics Enrolled: 17 Jan 2020 in Croydon (paid a fee of £75)
    Method: Self Scanned & Uploaded on UKVCAS.COM
    Acknowledgement Received: No
    Additional Documents Requested on (if any): None. They didn’t ask for photos in the required documents, but we uploaded some anyway.
    Decision Email: N/A
    Decision Letter Received on: 28 Feb 2020 exactly 6 weeks from biometrics appointment.
    BRP Card Received on: 28 Feb 2020
    Decision: Granted

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    6. Indefinite Leave to Remain – ILR (Settlement)

    UK Spouse Visa Processing Time after Biometrics

    Indeed, the UK spouse visa processing time for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) applications is usually 6 months. Moreover, the 24-hours super-priority service (aka same-day and ILR Premium Service) is also available for processing UK spouse settlement visa applications. However, in addition to the regular ILR fees of £2,389, an applicant needs to pay an additional amount of £800/- for the 24-hour ILR super priority service.

    Migrants forced to wait months for UK visa despite paying £800 for priority

    The Guardian

    2019 Q2

    During April-June 2019 Q2, 3,120 Spouse visa ILR applications received – including unmarried and same-sex civil partners. However, thirty-seven applications refused as invalid and 219 spouse ILR applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 2,864 straightforward applications, 2,801 UK partner/spouse visa ILR applications decided within 6 months. Therefore, the UK settlement visa processing time 2019 for 97.80% of straightforward standard (normal) partner/spouse visa ILR applications was within 6 months.

    Super-Priority 2019Q2

    Moreover, during the period, 3,064 super-priority premium partner/spouse visa ILR applications received. However, three applications refused as invalid and six hundred spouse/partner ILR visa applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 2,461 straightforward super-priority premium partner/spouse visa ILR applications, 2,410 applications decided by next working day. Therefore, UK settlement visa priority processing time 2019 for 97.93% of partner/spouse ILR premium applications was within 24 hours.

    Example

    Application Type: SET (M) 5 Year Spouse Visa (4 years 11 months)
    Online Application Submission date: 17th January 2020
    Biometric (UKVCAS) and Document submission Appointment: 21st January 2020 @ 07:30 (at Sopra Premium Croydon £85).
    HO approval Email: 21st January 2020 @ 1:13 pm
    Approval letter received: 21st January 2020 11:15 am
    BRP Card: 21st January 2020 15: 45am

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    UK Spouse Visa Processing Time After Biometrics 2021

    7. Country Specific Details

    UK Spouse Visa Processing Time after Biometrics

    The UK spouse visa processing time from a random sample of more than 40 UKVAC indicates that usually 75% of the settlement applications are processed within sixty working days or 12 weeks. In fact, most of the spouse/partner visa applications in 2019 processed within 60-90 days. However, 10-15% of the applications did not conclude even after 120 working days i.e. 24 weeks or 5-6 months. This delay in UK spouse visa processing time is due to verifications, interviews, past immigration history, administrative workload etc.

    The random sample of 40 UKVACs indicates that 10% of all settlement applications are concluded within thirty working days. However, in quite a few instances 25-40% of settlement applications are decided within thirty working days. Therefore, if an applicant has purchased the priority service, then there is a likelihood that the application may process within 6 weeks or thirty working days.

    Bangladesh

    In July 2019, 23%, 74%, 85% and 100% of the settlement applications from Dhaka, Bangladesh, decided within 30, 60, 90 and 120 working days, respectively.

    Egypt

    During Jan 2020, the UK spouse visa timelines from Cairo, Egypt, for 7%, 23%, 95% and 100% of the settlement applications was within 15, 30, 60 and 90 working days, respectively. Therefore, UK spouse visa processing time from Egypt is quite quick and approx. 20-25% of Egyptian nationals are using the priority settlement service.

    Ethiopia

    During April 2019, the UK spouse visa timeline from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for 28%, 83%, 98% and 99% of partner/family applications was within 30, 60, 90 and 120 working days, respectively. Moreover, in Jan 2020, 9% and 95% of partner/family visa applications from Ethiopia concluded within 30 and 60 days, respectively.

    Ghana

    In Sept 2019, 9%, 74%, and 92% settlement applications from Ghana decided within 30, 60 and 120 working days, respectively. Accordingly, 9% of the settlement applications from Ghana remained outstanding after 120 working days. Therefore, some applicants from Ghana may experience delays in UK spouse visa processing time

    Hong Kong, China

    During Jan 2020, the UK spouse visa processing time from Hong Kong, China, for 44%, 88% and 100% of family settlement applications was within 15, 30 and 60 working days, respectively. Therefore, the UK spouse visa processing time from Hong Kong is quick and quite a few applicants are opting for the priority service!

    India

    During April 2019, 23% and 29% of the applications from New Delhi and Jalandhar, India, decided within 30 working days, respectively. And 89% and 93% applications from New Delhi and Jalandhar decided within the stipulated 120 working days. In fact, usually 20-25% of the settlement applicants from India opted for UK spouse visa priority processing time. However, 10-15% applicants from India may experience delays in UK spouse visa processing time beyond 60, 90 and even 120 working days.

    Example

    Visa type: (Priority) Settlement- Wife Application.
    Online Application: 02 October 2019 (made through UK Access)
    Scanning & Biometrics: 09 October 2019, VFS New Delhi also upgraded the Visa application from standard to priority
    Text from VFS Global: “The visa application was forwarded to UKVI on 10 October 2019
    Paid Call to UKVI to know the status: 30 October 2019 (was informed to wait until 19 November 2019)
    ECO Email that your application is currently being prepared for consideration: 31 October 2019
    Text & Email from VFS global: The processed visa application for GWF reference number – GWFXX was received at the UK Visa Application Centre on 08 November 2019
    Passport collected: 13 November 2019
    Status: Application Successful, Vignette from 25 November 2019 to 25 December 2019

    Decision was made in twenty-three working days from the date of biometrics and scanning. Passport collected on 25th working day from the centre.

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    Jordan

    During July 2019, 18% of the settlement applications from Amman, Jordan decided within thirty working days. And 77%, 94% and 100% of the applications concluded within 60, 90 and 120 working days, respectively.

    Lebanon

    In March 2019, only 13% of the UK settlement visa applications from Lebanon processed within 30 days. However, 87%, 95% and 97% of the applications decided within 60, 90 and 120 days, respectively.

    Nepal

    During April 2019, 9% of the applications from Kathmandu, Nepal, decided within thirty days. And 94% and 95% of the applications determined within 60 and 120 working days, respectively. Moreover, in Jan 2020, 94% of the settlement applications from Nepal concluded within sixty working days. And 95% and 98% of the applications processed within 90 and 120 working days, respectively.

    Nigeria

    In March 2019, only 9% of the family settlement applications from Lagos, Nigeria decided within thirty working days. And 90% and 93% of the applications processed within 60 and 120 working days, respectively.

    Pakistan

    The UK spouse visa timelines from Pakistan in July 2019 indicates delays in processing as 25-30% settlement applications are not straightforward! However, there is more than 70% chance that UK spouse visa application from Pakistan may process within 12 weeks. Moreover, 20% of applicants are opting for settlement priority service to fast-track UK spouse visa processing time from Pakistan.

    Islamabad

    In April 2019, 14%, 65%, 70% and 73% of spouse/partner settlement applications from Islamabad, Pakistan, decided within 30, 60, 90 and 120 working days, respectively. During July 2019, the UK spouse visa processing time for 23%, 69% and 81% of settlement applications from Islamabad, Pakistan, was within 30, 60 and 120 working days. The UK spouse visa timelines 2020 from Pakistan for 33%, 66%, 77% and 84% of settlement applications from Islamabad, Pakistan, during Jan 2020 was within 30, 60, 90 and 120, respectively. Therefore, 27%, 19% and 16% of spouse/partner settlement visa applications from Islamabad, Pakistan, remained outstanding after 120 working days during April 2019, July 2019, and Jan 2020, respectively.

    Karachi

    In July 2019, 19% of the settlement applications from Karachi, Pakistan, processed within thirty working days. And 73% and 84% of the applications from Karachi, Pakistan, decided within 60 and 120 working days, respectively. Therefore, 16% of settlement applications remained outstanding beyond the stipulated service standard of 120 working days.

    Lahore

    In July 2019, UK spouse visa processing time from Lahore, Pakistan for 24%, 75% and 92% of partner/family settlement applications was within 30, 60 and 120 working days, respectively. Therefore, 8% family settlement applications remained outstanding after 24 weeks or 120 working days.

    The Philippines

    During July 2019, 15%, 86%, and 95% of the settlement applications from Manila, Philippines, decided within 30, 60, and 120 working days. Moreover, in Jan 2020, the UK spouse visa processing time from Philippines for 40%, 89% and 94% of the applicants was within 30, 60 and 120 working days, respectively.

    Sri Lanka

    During March 2019, only 5%, 61% and 72% of the settlement applications from Sri Lanka concluded within 30, 60 and 120 days, respectively. Therefore, 28% of the settlement applications remained outstanding beyond the stipulated service standard of 120 days. Some family settlement applicants from Sri Lanka may expect delays in the UK spouse visa processing time.

    Sudan

    In April 2019, 8% of the spouse settlement applications from Khartoum, Sudan, decided within thirty working days. And 95%, 97% and 99% of the applications processed within 60, 90 and 120 working days, respectively. During March 2019, 7% of the applications from Sudan concluded within thirty working days. And 96% and 100% of the applications determined within 60 and 90 working days, respectively.

    Thailand

    In Jan 2020, the UK spouse visa processing time from Bangkok, Thailand, for 15%, 65% and 83% of applications was within 30, 60 and 120 working days, respectively. Since 35% of the spouse/partner settlement visa applications remained outstanding after 12 weeks, therefore, applicants are expected to experience delays in UK spouse visa processing time from Thailand.

    Turkey

    During July 2019, UK settlement visa processing time from Istanbul, Turkey, for 62%, 93% and 100% was within 30, 60 and 90 working days, respectively. In July 2019, only 21%, 80% and 92% of partner/family visa applications from Ankara, Turkey, decided within 30, 60 and 120 working days. Moreover, in Jan 2020, UK spouse visa processing time from Istanbul, Turkey, for 34%, 87% and 95% of partner/family settlement applications was within 30, 60 and 90 working days, respectively. Therefore, the UK spouse visa processing time from Turkey, is quite normal and few applicants are experiencing delays. Furthermore, more than 30% of the applicants from are opting for UK spouse visa priority processing time.

    UAE

    In July 2019, UK spouse visa processing time from Abu-Dhabi, UAE, for 69%, 96% and 100% of partner/family settlement applications was within 30, 60 and 120 working days, respectively. During Jan 2020, the UK spouse visa processing time from Dubai, UAE, for 7%, 15%, 32%, 35%, 63%, 81% and 100% of partner/family visa applications was within 3, 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 and 90 working days, respectively. Moreover, in Feb 2020, the UK spouse visa processing time Abu Dhabi, UAE, for 82%, 95% and 100% of the applications was within 30, 60 and 90 working days, respectively. Therefore, the UK spouse visa processing time from UAE, is quite quick. More than 60% of the applicants are fast-tracking their applications by using the priority service.

    Uganda

    During July 2019, UK spouse visa timelines from Uganda for 8%, 97% and 100% of settlement applications was within 30, 60 and 90 working days, respectively. Moreover, in Jan 2020, 25%, 97% and 98% of spouse/partner visa applications from Uganda decided within 30, 60 and 120 working days, respectively.

    USA

    The UK spouse visa timelines from the USA in July 2019 indicates that 17%, 32% and 43% of the applications decided within 5, 10 and 15 working days, respectively. Moreover, 73%, 92% and 94% of applications processed within 30, 60 and 120 working days, respectively. Therefore, the UK spouse visa processing time from the USA varies from case-to-case basis. However, three out of 4 UK spouse/partner visa applications from the USA usually decide within 6 weeks or 30 days and only 3-5% of applicants needs to wait beyond the stipulated time of 120 days.

    DHS VAC, USA

    During April 2019, 57%, 91% and 93% of the settlement applications from DHS VAC, United States, concluded within 30, 60 and 120 days, respectively. Therefore, more than 40% of the applicants purchased the priority service for fast-tracking the UK spouse visa timelines from the US. Moreover, in Jan 2020 the UK spouse visa processing time from DHS VAC, United States, for 43%, 93%, 96% and 100% were within 30, 60, 90 and 120 working days, respectively.