This relates to entry clearance applications grants and refusal rate for US citizens during 2018-19. And also UK visa USA timelines (processing times) for the applications made by US citizens and green card holders from the USA. Accordingly, covers tourists, business, family visitor, spouse, family settlement, startup, innovator, student, work and transit applications by US nationals. Moreover, also explains priority and super-priority services processing time from the USA. Accordingly, covers the following topics:
- UK Visa USA: applications from US Nationals 2018-2019
- Grants of visa and immigration to the USA citizens
- The average visa application processing time from the USA
- UK visa USA processing times May 2019
Please note: the total number of entry clearance applications from the USA far exceeds the number of applications made by USA citizens because of an approx 13.5 m permanent residents (green card holders) and other foreign nationals working or studying in the USA. Therefore, UK visa USA statistics are only relevant to US citizens. However, the information relating to UK visa USA timelines is useful for USA nationals, green card holders and foreign nationals applying from the USA.
1) UK Visa USA: Applications from US Citizens 2018-2019
During the Jan-March 2019 quarter, 5,038 USA nationals applied for entry clearance application from the USA. Accordingly, 5,410 visa applications from the USA resolved during the Jan-Mar 2019 quarter. And 5,070 visas granted, 286 applications refused. Moreover, 52 applications withdrawn and 2 applications lapsed. Accordingly, so far the UK visa USA success and refusal rate during 2019 has been 93.72% and 5.29%, respectively.
UK Visa USA applications from US Citizens 2016-18
The details of the applications from the USA in Table below indicates that the number of applications increased from 36,493 (2016) to 37,613 (2018). Moreover, the success rate slightly increased from 95.43% to 96.42%.
|Quarter/Year||UK Visa Applications by US nationals||Entry Clearance Grants to US Nationals||UK Visa Success Rate USA||UK Visa Refusal Rate USA|
2) Grants of UK visa and immigration to USA Nationals
During the 2018-19, the USA 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 (5,070) is considerably higher than that for 2018 Q1 (4,472). Perhaps, this is due to an increase in the number of applications.
Apparently, the broad categories have sub-categories (or types). Therefore, the subsequent sections highlight the grants by UK visa types to USA nationals. Perhaps, this will facilitate an applicant to know: which are more popular types of entry clearance applications for the USA nationals.
The most popular entry clearance applications
Apparently, the most popular UK visa for USA nationals is the UK work visa. For instance, during 2019 Q1, 2,963 USA nationals granted a UK work visa, which nearly accounted for more than 58% of the total visa grants (5,070).
|UK Visa from the USA: Broad Categories||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total UK visas granted to US Citizens||4,472||7,472||18,063||5,781||5,070|
|Total Study (excl. Short-term students)||546||1,129||11,621||1,742||661|
|Short-term students (previously Student visitors)||111||119||348||206||117|
|Total Dependant Joining or accompanying||168||331||244||138||145|
Visitor and other visa grants
Perhaps, all visitor and other sundry visa applications, exclusive of work, study and family, are clubbed under the Other category.
|UK Visit and Other Visa Grants to USA Nationals||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total UK Visit and Other visa to USA Nationals||548||881||813||453||564|
|EEA family permits||92||124||164||102||105|
|Visitors (Main apps)||328||523||435||253||370|
|Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps)||2||3||8||3||0|
|Other Settlement (indefinite leave)||7||4||13||4||6|
Do US Citizens Need to Apply for UK Visitor Visa?
Since US citizens are non-visa nationals and for visiting UK up-to 6 months they don’t require a visitor or transit visa. However, in terms of Paragraph V 1.3 of Appendix V Immigration Rules for visitors, a non-visa national may only need to apply for the UK visit visa, if they are: (a) visiting the UK to marry or to form a civil partnership, or to give notice of this; or (b) seeking to visit the UK for more than 6 months.
Accordingly, the total UK visitor visa grants to USA citizens is only a small of the total number of USA citizens travelling to the UK for tourism, meeting family and business purposes. For instance, in 2017, 3.88 m USA nationals travelled to the UK for a personal or business-related visit. However, only 1,542 USA nationals were granted UK visitors visa.
Do Green Card Holders need to apply for a UK visitor visa?
Yes, if the Green Card Holder is a citizen of a visa national country such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria etc. However, if a Green Card Holder is a citizen of a non-visa national country then can visit UK up-to 6 months for permitted activities as per paragraph V 1.3 of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules for visitors.
Work visa grants
During 2018 and 2019 Q1, USA nationals get the following types of UK work visa:
|UK Work Visa Grants to USA Citizens||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total UK Work Visa Grants to USA Nationals||2,665||4,416||4,285||2,635||2,963|
|PBS - Tier 1 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||43||62||91||59||89|
|PBS - Tier 1 Investors (Main apps)||3||4||7||7||6|
|PBS - Tier 1 Entrepreneurs (Main apps)||14||15||29||14||20|
|PBS - Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurs (Main apps)||6||6||4||6||12|
|PBS - Tier 1 Exceptional talent (Main apps)||20||37||51||32||51|
|PBS - Tier 1 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||25||39||75||34||39|
|PBS - Tier 1 General (Deps)||0||0||1||0||1|
|PBS - Tier 1 Investors (Deps)||10||3||13||4||6|
|PBS - Tier 1 Entrepreneurs (Deps)||13||23||29||15||15|
|PBS - Tier 1 Exceptional talent (Deps)||2||13||32||15||15|
|PBS - Tier 2 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||1,310||1,539||1,832||1,285||1,409|
|PBS - Tier 2 General (Main apps)||477||539||888||579||590|
|PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers (Main apps)||18||24||13||15||17|
|PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers - short term (Main apps)||z||z||z||z||2|
|PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers - long term (Main apps)||781||924||880||653||773|
|PBS - Tier 2 Ministers of religion (Main apps)||28||46||36||34||23|
|PBS - Tier 2 Sportsperson (Main apps)||5||5||14||4||4|
|Work permit holders (Main apps)||1||1||1||z||z|
|PBS - Tier 2 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||647||1,154||1,255||729||679|
|PBS - Tier 2 (Deps)||303||506||674||394||361|
|PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers - short term (Deps)||0||1||1||2||1|
|PBS - Tier 2 Intra company transfers - long term (Deps)||341||647||577||333||317|
|Work permit holders (Deps)||3||z||3||z||z|
|PBS - Tier 5 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||436||1,351||779||350||517|
|PBS - Tier 5 Charity workers (Main apps)||44||164||164||38||46|
|PBS - Tier 5 Creative and sporting (Main apps)||104||87||128||48||96|
|PBS - Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange (Main apps)||149||927||239||113||162|
|PBS - Tier 5 International agreement (Main apps)||2||5||3||0||49|
|PBS - Tier 5 Religious workers (Main apps)||137||168||242||149||164|
|PBS - Tier 5 Youth mobility (Main apps)||0||0||3||2||0|
|PBS - Tier 5 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||45||38||66||23||34|
|PBS - Tier 5 (Deps)||45||38||66||23||34|
|Non-PBS Total (Main apps)||29||28||30||33||28|
|Non-PBS Domestic workers in private h/holds. (Main apps)||6||5||6||2||2|
|Non-PBS UK ancestry (Main apps)||0||1||2||3||2|
|Non-PBS Other permit free employment (Main apps)||23||22||22||28||24|
|Other Total (Main apps)||130||205||157||122||168|
|Other permit free employment not allocated (Main apps)||130||205||157||122||168|
Student visa grants
The details of study visa grants to USA nationals during 2018 and 2019 Q1 is as under:
|UK Student Visa Grants to USA Nationals||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total UK Student Visa Grants to USA Nationals||657||1,248||11,969||1,948||778|
|PBS - Tier 4 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Main apps)||505||1,107||11,227||1,685||626|
|PBS - Tier 4 General student (Main apps)||490||1,078||10,979||1,654||609|
|PBS - Tier 4 Child Student (Main apps)||15||29||248||31||17|
|PBS - Tier 4 & pre-PBS equiv. Total (Deps)||41||22||394||57||35|
|PBS - Tier 4 General student (Deps)||41||22||394||57||35|
|Short-term study (previously Student Visitors)|
The UK spouse and family settlement visa grants 2019 Q1
The details of UK settlement visa grants to USA nationals during 2018 and 2019 Q1 is as under:
|UK Family Settlement Grants to USA Nationals||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total UK Settlement Grants to USA Nationals||434||596||752||607||620|
|Partner (for immediate settlement)||1||0||1||0||0|
|Child (for immediate settlement)||4||0||4||1||3|
|Other (for immediate settlement)||1||0||0||1||0|
Grants to Dependant Joining or accompanying
The details of grants to dependant of USA national joining or accompanying during 2018 and 2019 Q1 is as under:
|Dependants of a USA National joining or accompanying||2018 Q1||2018 Q2||2018 Q3||2018 Q4||2019 Q1|
|Total Dependants of a USA National joining or accompanying||168||331||244||138||145|
3) UK visa USA timelines for US Citizens and Green Card Holders
Perhaps, nearly all the applicants are quite keen to have some idea about the average UK visa USA processing time. Certainly, the processing time starts when an applicant submits application and biometrics at one of the following UKVACs in the USA:
- New York Premium Application Centre – 845 Third Avenue, Floor 6, New York, NY 10022
- San Francisco Premium Application Centre – 315 Montgomery Street, Floor 10, San Francisco, CA 94104
- Los Angeles Premium Application Centre – 1901 Avenue of the Stars, Floor 2, Los Angeles, CA 90067
- Washington DC Premium Application Centre – 1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Floor 2, Washington, DC 20005
- Miami Premium Application Centre – 2655 S Le Jeune Road, Penthouse 1A, Coral Gables, FL 33134
- Chicago Premium Application Centre – 564 West Randolph St, Floor 2, Chicago, IL 60661
- Houston Premium Application Centre – 700 Milam Street, Suite 1300, Houston, TX 77002
- Boston Premium Application Centre – 160 Federal Street, Suite #1700, Boston, MA 02110
- Atlanta Premium Application Centre – 100 Peachtree Street NW, Floor 22, Atlanta, GA 30303
- Seattle Premium Application Centre – 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200, Seattle, WA 98104
The average UK visa USA application processing times
Certainly, the UK visa USA timelines vary on the case to case basis. However, the UK visa USA processing times are usually 15-30 working days for non-settlement application such as a visitor or Tier 2 work, Tier 4 student visa application. fairly quick. Perhaps, the processing time for 30-60% of non-settlement applications is usually within 3-5 days due to the use of priority service. Moreover, in terms of the UKVIs service standard, the UK spouse settlement processing time from the USA is usually 30-120 working days.
UK visa USA processing times from New York
Perhaps, most of the entry clearance applications from New York decided within 30 working days or 6 weeks.
|UK Visa USA Processing Times from New York||5 days||15 days||30 days|
|Long Term Visit (more than 6 months)||83%||95%||100%|
|General Visit (6 months or less)||50%||87%||99%|
|Business Visit (6 months or less)||68%||86%||100%|
|Family Visit (6 months or less)||48%||77%||96%|
|Other Visit (6 months or less)||68%||88%||100%|
|PBS Tier 2||79%||99%||100%|
|PBS Tier 5||60%||97%||100%|
UK Visa USA Timelines from Chicago
Apparently, all the entry clearance applications from Chicago during May 2019 processed within 30 working days or 6 weeks.
|UK Visa USA Processing Times Chicago May 2019||5 days||15 days||30 days|
|General Visit (6 months or less)||48%||69%||100%|
|PBS Tier 2||66%||96%||100%|
Apparently, all the UK visa USA entry clearance applications from Los Angeles during May 2019 decided within 30 working days or 6 weeks.
|UK visa USA processing times from Los Angeles||5 days||15 days||30 days|
|General Visit (6 months or less)||30%||92%||100%|
Apparently, all the UK visa USA entry clearance applications from Miami Angeles during May 2019 decided within 30 working days or 6 weeks.
|UK visa USA processing times from Miami 2019||5 days||15 days||30 days|
|General Visit (6 months or less)||47%||94%||100%|
UK Visa USA Timelines from Seattle 2019
Apparently, all the entry clearance applications from Seattle during May 2019 processed within 30 working days or 6 weeks.
|UK visa USA processing times from Seattle||5 days||15 days||30 days|
|PBS Tier 2||64%||98%||100%|
DHS VAC, USA
Apparently, in May 2019, most of the UK visitor, Tier 4 student and Tier 5 work visa applications from DHS (Department of Homeland Security) VAC (Visa Application Centre), USA, processed within 15-30 working days. Moreover, 88%, 94% and 100% of the EEA family permit application from DHS VAC, USA, within 30, 90 and 120 working days, respectively. Perhaps, quite a few of applicants applying for UK spouse visa from the USA are opting for priority service as 50% of the settlement applications processed within 30 working days. However, 93% and 97% of the spouse visa applications from DHS VAC, USA, decided within 60 and 90 working days, respectively.
|UK Visa Processing Time from DHS VAC, USA||5 days||15 days||30 days|
|Long Term Visit (more than 6 months)||55%||95%||99%|
|General Visit (6 months or less)||36%||93%||99%|
|Business Visit (6 months or less)||54%||95%||100%|
|Family Visit (6 months or less)||29%||91%||98%|
|Transit (6 months or less)||34%||93%||100%|
|Other Visit (6 months or less)||25%||91%||97%|
|PBS Tier 2||4%||98%||99%|
|PBS Tier 4||12%||98%||99%|
|PBS Tier 5||1%||96%||99%|
|EEA Family Permits||N/A||88%||88%|
UK Visa USA Timelines from Washington DC 2019
Apparently, all the UK visa USA entry clearance applications from Washington DC during May 2019 concluded within 30 working days or 6 weeks.
|UK visa USA processing times from Washington DC||5 days||15 days||30 days|
|General Visit (6 months or less)||40%||90%||100%|
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