Indeed, this guidance provides the details of immigration statistics and processing time for all types of UK visa applications from India. Accordingly, also covers the UK visa success and refusal rate in 2019 for visitor, spouse, Tier 1, Tier 2 work, Tier 4 student, EEA Family Permit, EUSS family permit applications from India.

UK Visa Applications from India 2020 by Indian Nationals

In fact, according to the Official Statistics, in 2019, 714,515 Indian national applied for entry clearance applications. Evidently, the British Embassy/UKVI made 714,352 decisions and granted 642,500 visas to Indian citizens. Moreover, 70,562 applications rejected, 1,280 applications withdrawn and 10 applications lapsed. Therefore, the UK visa success and refusal rate from India in 2019 was 89.94% and 9.88%, respectively.

UK Visa Success Rate from India 2019

Visa TypeUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Dep. joining or accompanying19994.42%
Family4,27881.97%
Other settlement visas25780.37%
Visitors and Other temporary visas597,08888.54%
Study46,91797.26%
Work65,77698.27%
UK Visa Applications from India 2019714,51589.94%

UK Visa Processing Time from India 2020

Furthermore, the UK visa processing time from India starts when an applicant submits application with required documents and biometrics at one of the Application Centres (UKVAC). In fact, the UK visa processing time from India varies on case to case basis. Perhaps, the average UK visa processing time from India for non-settlement applications such as tourist, family, business visitors, student and work is 10-15 working days. However, Indian Nationals can also fast track timelines of non-settlement visitor, student and work visa within 5 working days by paying the UK priority visa service fees of ₹20,818.

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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Delays in UK Visa Processing Time from India

As a matter of fact, at times only a fraction of the visa applications from India might experience delays in processing. Apparently, there could be a number of different reasons for delays in processing such as adverse immigration history, incomplete application, additional documents, administrative workload at the UK Embassy, interview, verification etc.

Family and Settlement

Quite clearly, in 2019, 4,278 family visa applications submitted by Indian nationals. Accordingly, 5,274 applications resolved and 4,323 family visas granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 912 family visas rejected, 38 applications withdrawn and 1 application lapsed. Therefore, the UK spouse visa success and refusal rate from India in 2019 was 81.97% and 17.29%, respectively.

UK Visa Applications from India 2019 for Family Settlement

Family Visa Type Sub-GroupUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Partner/Spouse3,54883.96%
Partner/Spouse (for immediate settlement)2100%
Child47276.90%
Child (for immediate settlement)19075.14%
Other2151.28%
Other (for immediate settlement)4539.06%
Family Settlement4,27881.97%

UK Spouse Visa Success Rate from India 2019

In 2019, 3,548 UK spouse visa applications submitted by Indian nationals. Accordingly, 4,309 applications resolved and 3,618 UK spouse visas granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 664, 26 and 1 UK spouse visa application from India rejected, withdrawn and application lapsed, respectively. Therefore, the UK spouse visa success and refusal rate from India in 2019 was 83.96% and 15.41%, respectively.

UK Spouse Visa Processing Time from India 2020

As a matter of fact, the service standard of UKVI for settlement or spouse visa timelines from India is to process 95% and 100% applications within 12 and 24 weeks, respectively. Moreover, the service standard for UK spouse priority visa timelines from India is 30 working days or 6 weeks. Indeed, quite a few applicants from India are opting for UK spouse priority visa service. Therefore, more than 25% of the spouse applications usually are decided within 30 working days or 6 weeks. And also a great majority of the spouse visa applications normally conclude within 60-90 working days. However, at times 5-10% of the spouse settlement applications from India may remain outstanding even after 120 working days or 6 months!

Dep. joining or accompanying

In 2019, 199 applications for dep. joining or accompanying by Indian nationals. Accordingly, 215 applications resolved and 203 visas granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 11, 1 and 0 applications rejected, withdrawn and 1 lapsed, respectively. Therefore, the UK visa success and refusal rate for dep. joining or accompanying from India in 2019 was 94.42% and 5.12%, respectively.

UK Visa Applications from India 2019 for Dep. Joining or Accompanying

Dep. joining or accompanying Visa Type Sub-GroupUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Partner9395.05%
Child10693.86%
Other
Dep. joining or accompanying19994.42%

Other Settlement Visas for Indian Nationals

Other Settlement Visa Type Sub-GroupUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Certificate of entitlement to right of abode15288.81%
Other settlement (indefinite leave)10567.88%
Other Settlement Visas25780.37%

Visitors and Other Temporary Visas

In 2019, 579,149 UK visitor visa applications submitted by Indian nationals. Apparently, 579,617 applications resolved and 515,026 visitor visas granted. Moreover, 63,648 visitor visas rejected, 935 applications withdrawn and 8 applications lapsed. Therefore, the UK visitor visa success and refusal rate from India in 2019 was 88.86% and 10.98%, respectively.

UK Visa Applications from India 2019: Visitors & Other Temporary

Other Temporary Visas Type Sub-GroupUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Visitors579,14988.86%
Transit3,96685.96%
EEA Family Permit11,41174.17%
EU Settlement Scheme family permits1,77684.69%
Other temporary78694.45%
Visitors Other Temporary Visas597,08888.54%

UK Visa Applications from India 2020 for Visitors

In 2019, 579,149 UK visitor visa applications submitted by Indian nationals. Apparently, 579,617 applications resolved and 515,026 visitor visas granted. Moreover, 63,648 visitor visas rejected, 935 applications withdrawn and 8 applications lapsed. Therefore, the UK visitor visa success and refusal rate from India in 2019 was 88.86% and 10.98%, respectively.

UK Visitor Visa Processing Time from India

Please note, the UK visitor visa processing time from India is usually quite quick. In fact, more than 50% of the UK visitor visa applications from India are decided within 3-5 working days. Therefore, this indicates that a large number of business, tourists, family and long-term visitor visa applicants from India are opting for priority service. Moreover, nearly 90-99% UK visitor visa applications from India are decide within 15 working days or 3 weeks. However, only a very small fraction of the applications remains outstanding after 15-30 working days.

Nevertheless, depending on the type of visitor visa application, the UK visa processing time from VFS Mumbai, India, during the month of Sept 2019 indicates that 23-57% of the visitor visa applications are processed within 5 working days. In fact, the UK priority visa service is more popular for the processing of business visitor visa than for other types of visit visa applications from India

Transit

In 2019, 4,003 transit visa applications from India resolved and 3,441 visas granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 459 transit visas rejected, 103 applications withdrawn and no application lapsed. Therefore, the approval and rejection rate of transit visa from India was 85.96% and 11.46%, respectively. Moreover, the UK visa processing time from India for transit visitors is usually 3-10 working days.

EEA Family Permit Applications

In 2019, 11,869 EEA family permit applications resolved and 8,804 EEA family permits granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 3,040 EEA family permits rejected, 24 applications withdrawn and 1 application lapsed. Therefore, the EEA family permit success and rejection ratio from India in 2019 was 74.17% and 25.61%, respectively.

Perhaps, most of the EEA family permits from India conclude within 2-3 weeks or 10-15 working days. For instance, in Jan 2020, 93% of the EEA family permit application from Mumbai processed within 15 working days or 3 six weeks. Moreover, in very rare instances, the EEA family permit timelines from India may escalate up to 120 working days before the final decision!

EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit

In 2019, 1,300 EUSS family permit applications resolved and 1,102 permits granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 176 applications rejected, 22 withdrawn and no application lapsed. Therefore, the EUSS family permit approval and refusal percentage from India in 2019 was 84.69% and 13.53%, respectively.

Study

In fact, 40,203 Tier 4 student visa applications submitted by Indian nationals during 2019. Accordingly, 38,216 applications resolved and 37,540 Tier 4 student visas granted. Moreover, 643 Tier 4 student visas rejected, 33 applications withdrawn and no application lapsed. Therefore, the Tier 4 student visa success and refusal rate from India in 2019 was 98.23% and 1.68%, respectively.

UK Student Visa Applications from India 2019

Study Visa Type Sub-GroupUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Tier 4 – General student40,03598.24%
Tier 4 – Child student16895.80%
Short-term study (previously Student Visitors)6,71191.74%
Students3
UK Visa Applications from India for Study46,91797.26%

UK Student Visa Processing Time from India

Apparently, the UK visa processing time from India for Tier 4 students and other types of study visa is fairly quick as nearly all the applications usually decide within 2-3 weeks or 10-15 working days. Moreover, the UK student priority visa timelines time from India is normally within 5 working days or one week.

Short-Term Study

In 2019, 6,736 short-term study visa applications resolved and 6,180 student visitor visas granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 547 short-term study visas rejected, 9 applications withdrawn and no application lapsed. Therefore, the short-term study visa approval and denial ratio from India in 2019 was 91.74% and 8.12%, respectively. Please note the short-term study visa timelines from India are usually within 2-3 weeks.

Work

In 2019, 65,776 work visa applications submitted by Indian nationals. Accordingly, 66,021 applications resolved and 64,879 UK work visas granted. Moreover, 1,068 UK work visa applications by Indian national rejected during 2019. And 74 applications withdrawn and no application lapsed. Therefore, the UK work visa success and refusal rate from India in 2019 was 98.27% and 1.61%, respectively.

UK Work Visa Applications from India 2019

Work Visa Type Sub-GroupUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Non-PBS work4,37593.51%
Tier 1 (High value)78877.79%
Tier 2 (Skilled)57,56199.12%
Tier 5 (Youth mobility and temporary worker)3,05294.89%
UK Visa Applications from India for Work65,77698.27%

UK Visa Applications from India 2020 for High Value PBS Tier 1

In 2019, 887 Tier 1 visa applications from India were resolved and 690 Tier 1 visas granted to Indian nationals. Accordingly, 193 Tier 1 visa applications rejected, 4 applications withdrawn and no application lapsed. Therefore, the Tier 1 visa success and rejection percentage from India in 2019 was 77.79% and 21.75%, respectively. Moreover, nearly all PBS Tier 1 applications from India are usually concluded within 15 working days or 3 weeks. However, a few applications decide even within 7-10 working days.

Tier 1 Visa TypesUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Investors2091.66%
Entrepreneurs56571.43%
Graduate Entrepreneurs28100%
Exceptional Talent17297.04%
General – Dependants360%
UK Visa Applications from India for PBS Tier 178877.79%

UK Visa Applications from India 2020 for Tier 2 Skilled Workers

In 2019, 57,561 Tier 2 visa applications submitted by Indian nationals. Accordingly, 57,704 applications resolved and 57,199 Tier 2 visas granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 477, 28 and 0 Tier 2 visa applications from India rejected, withdrawn and lapsed, respectively. Therefore, the Tier 2 work visa success and rejection rate from India in 2019 was 99.12% and 0.83%, respectively. Perhaps, the average Tier 2 visa processing time from India is 2 weeks or 10 working days. However, a few Tier 2 priority visa applications from India even conclude within 3-7 working days.

Tier 2 Visa TypesUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Tier 2 – General11,64598.15%
Tier 2 – Intra Company Transfers (ICT)58100%
ICT – Long Term35,92099.75%
ICT – Short Term4498%
Tier 2 – Ministers of Religion6884.72%
Tier 2 – Sportsperson1100%
Dependants9,82598.04%
UK Visa Applications from India for PBS Tier 257,56199.12%

UK Visa Applications from India for PBS Tier 5

In 2019, 3,052 Indian nationals applied for Tier 5 visa. Accordingly, 3,055 applications resolved and 2,899 Tier 5 visas granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 141, 15 and 0 applications rejected, withdrawn and lapsed, respectively. Therefore, in 2019, the Tier 5 work visa success and refusal rate from India was 94.89% and 4.62%, respectively. Perhaps, the average UK Tier 5 processing time from India is within 15-30 working days. However, a significant number of Tier 5 visa applications from India also conclude within 5 working days.

Tier 5 Visa TypesUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Tier 5 – Charity Workers8784.14%
Tier 5 – Creative and Sporting1,86197.06%
Government Authorised Exchange57299.47%
International Agreement2592.60%
Tier 5 – Religious Workers28874.44%
Tier 5 – Dependant21998.20%
Seasonal Workers
Tier 5 – Youth Mobility
UK Visa Applications from India for PBS Tier 53,05294.89%

Non-PBS Work Visas

In 2019, 4,375 Indian nationals applied for Non-PBS work visas. Accordingly, 4,375 applications resolved and 4,091 Non-PBS work visas granted to Indian nationals. Moreover, 257, 27 and 0 applications rejected, withdrawn and lapsed, respectively. Therefore, in 2019, the UK visa success and refusal rate from India for non-PBS work visas was 93.50% and 6.50%, respectively. Perhaps, the average UK non-PBS work visa processing time from India is within 3-6 weeks.

Non-PBS Work Visa TypesUK Visa Applications from IndiaUK Visa Success Rate from India
Start-up3896.96%
Innovator1793.75%
UK Ancestry3580.55%
Work Permit Holders5898.48%
Other permit free employment23073.93%
Domestic workers in Private Households3,99794.54%
UK Visa Applications from India 2019 Non-PBS Workers4,37593.51%

UK Visa Applications from India 2020: FAQs

What are the chances of getting a visa for UK from India?

Perhaps, the chances of getting a visa from India depends on an applicant’s ability to meet the relevant application requirements. However, there are different requirements for different types of UK visa applications from India. Nevertheless, 9 out of 10 Indian nationals are able get the visa for UK from India. Therefore, the chances of getting a visa from India are moderately high and are close to 90%

What is the UK visa processing from India for non-settlement applications?

In fact, the service standard is to process 90%, 98% and 100% of (non-priority) non-settlement visa applications from India such as standard visitor, student, Tier 2 General work visa, innovator, start-up, EEA family permit, EUSS etc within 15, 30 and 60 working days, respectively. However, most of the non-settlement applications from India are decided within 10-15 working days (2-3 weeks). Moreover, an Indian national can also fast track UK visa processing time from India for a non-settlement application within 3-5 working days by purchasing the priority service. Nevertheless, 24-hour super-priority service is also available at 3 UKVACS in India for certain types of non-settlement applications.

What is the UK spouse visa processing from India?

Indeed, the service standard is to process 95% and 100% of (non-priority) spouse settlement visa applications from India within 60 and 120 working days, respectively. Perhaps, most of the spouse and family settlement applications from India are decided within 60-90 working days. However, some complex (non-straightforward) settlement applications due to adverse immigration history may remain outstanding even after 120 working days (24 weeks or 6 months). Moreover, an Indian national can also fast track UK spouse visa timelines from India within 30 working days (6 weeks) by purchasing the priority settlement service.