This guidance relates to the latest standard (normal 8-weeks UK visa extension timelines), priority (5 working day) and super-priority (premium 24-hours) UK visa extension processing time after biometrics during Jul-Sept 2019 Q3 for all types of leave to remain and switching applications such as spouse/partner, visitors, PBS Tier 1 General, Tier 2 work, Tier 5, Non-PBS work visas (such as ancestry, innovator, startup etc.) and other types of further leave to remain applications. And also covers the ECAA and EU Nationals and Non-EEA Residence/Registration processing time during April-June 2019Q2. Please note, during the 2019Q3, no leave to remain application was received under ECAA and PBS Tier 5.

UK Visa Extension Processing Time after Biometrics

In a nutshell, the UK visa extension processing time after biometrics 2020 service standards for straightforward leave to remain applications with standard (normal) service is within 8 weeks (or 40 working days). Moreover, the priority and super-priority (aka premium service) UK visa extension processing time service standard is to decide leave to remain applications within 5 and 1 working day, respectively. However, 1-4% of straightforward standard (normal), priority and super-priority leave to remain applications may remain outstanding even after the service standard of 8 weeks, 5 working days and 24-hours, respectively.

Delays in UK Visa Extension Processing Time

The UK visa extension processing time service standards are only maintainable in case of a straightforward leave to remain application. Therefore, if an application is categorized as non-straightforward or complex then UK visa extension timelines for a standard (normal), priority or super-priority leave to remain application may experience a delay beyond the 40, 5 and next working day service standards, respectively. For instance, during July-Sept 2019Q3, apart from Human Rights (HR) Complex Cases, a total of 5,624 (7.87% of the total 71,437 leave to remain applications relating to spouse/partner, Tier 1, Tier 2 work, Tier 4 students etc) applications were categorized as non-straightforward. Therefore, all these 5,624 normal, priority and super-priority applications were automatically excluded from the service standards. 

Statistics

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, apart from ECAA, EU Residence/Registration and Human Rights, 71,437 leave to remain (LTR) applications received for spouse, Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Tier 1 General, Tier 1 Other, Tier 2 work, Tier 4 student, Tier 5, visitor and Non-PBS. However, 131 applications refused as invalid and 5,624 leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 65,682 straightforward applications, 64,014 leave to remain standard (normal), priority and super-priority (premium) applications decided within 8 weeks, 5 working days and 24 hours. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 97.46% of straightforward leave to remain applications was within the service standards. 

Invalid Applications

Please note a leave to remain (LTR) application is rejected as invalid if an applicant fails to pay the correct fee or provide mandatory evidence.

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Service Standards

The details of UK visa extension processing time for all type of leave to remain applications is as under.

Summary of the Service Standards for Leave to Remain Applications
Service/Application Standards
Super Priority (£800) Next Working Day
Priority (£500) 5 Working Days
Spouse/Partner (LTR Apps) 8 Weeks
UK Visitor Visa Extension Processing Time 8 Weeks
Other/Non-Points Based System (PBS) 8 Weeks
Tier 1 8 Weeks
Tier 1 Entrepreneur 8 Weeks
Tier 1 Other 8 Weeks
Tier 1 General 8 Weeks
Tier 2 Work 8 Weeks
Tier 4 Student 8 Weeks
Tier 5 Temporary Worker 8 Weeks
Euro (Residence/Registration) 6 Months

Spouse

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 9,186 spouse visa leave to remain applications received – including unmarried and same-sex civil partners. However, 30 application refused as invalid and 2,204 spouse extension applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 6,952 straightforward applications, 6,782 UK partner/spouse visa extension applications decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 97.60% of straightforward partner/spouse leave to remain applications was within 8 weeks.

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

Tier 1 Entrepreneur

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 696 applications for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension received including dependants. However, 6 application refused as invalid and 222 Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 468 straightforward applications, 456 Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension applications decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 97.44% of straightforward Tier 1 Entrepreneur leave to remain applications was within 8 weeks.

Additionally, during the period, 103 super-priority Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension applications received. However, 1 application refused as invalid and 22 Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension visa applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, all the 80 straightforward super-priority Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension applications decided by next working day. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 100% of super-priority Tier 1 Entrepreneur indefinite leave to remain applications was within 24 hours.

Tier 1 General (Dependants)

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 95 applications received for Tier 1 General dependants visa extension. However, 2 applications refused as invalid and 2 Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, all the 90 straightforward Tier 1 General dependant visa extension applications decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 100% of straightforward Tier 1 General leave to remain applications was within 8 weeks. Nevertheless, priority and super-priority (premium) service is not available for Tier 1 General leave to remain applications.

Other Tier 1 Applications

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 122 applications received for Other Tier 1 visa extensions. However, 6 applications refused as invalid and 18 Other Tier 1 visa extension applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, all the 98 straightforward Other Tier 1 visa extension applications decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK visa extension timelines 2019 for 100% of straightforward Other Tier 1 leave to remain applications was within 8 weeks.

Additionally, during the period, 121 straightforward and 26 non-straightforward Other Tier 1 priority visa extension applications received. Accordingly, all the 121 straightforward Other Tier 1 priority visa extension applications decided within 5 working days. Therefore, UK visa extension timelines for 100% of straightforward Other Tier 1 leave to remain applications with priority service was within 5 weeks. Moreover, 86 Other Tier 1 super-priority visa extension applications received. However, 3 applications refused as invalid and 2 Other Tier 1 visa applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, all the 81 straightforward super-priority Other Tier 1 visa extension applications decided by next working day. Therefore, UK visa extension timelines 2019 for 100% of Other Tier 1 leave to remain applications with super-priority service was within 24 hours.

Tier 2 Skilled Workers

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 15,121 leave to remain applications received for Tier 2 work visa extension and switching. However, 22 applications refused as invalid and 469 Tier 2 leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 14,630 straightforward applications, 13,726 Tier 2 leave to remain applications decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 93.828% straightforward Tier 2 leave to remain applications was within 8 weeks.

Additionally, during the period, 7,433 applications received for priority Tier 2 leave to remain. However, 7 applications refused as invalid and 382 Tier 2 priority leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the 7,044 straightforward priority applications, 6,952 Tier 2 visa extension applications decided within 5 working days. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 98.69% of Tier 2 priority leave to remain applications was within 24 hours. Moreover, 3,233 applications received for Tier 2 work visa leave to remain with super-priority (premium) service. However, 3 applications refused as invalid and 176 Tier 2 leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the 3,054 straightforward super-priority applications, 3,037 Tier 2 visa extension applications decided by next working day. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 99.44% of Tier 2 leave to remain applications with super-priority service was within 24 hours.

Tier 4 Students

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 25,313 leave to remain applications received for Tier 4 student visa extension and switching. However, 14 applications refused as invalid and 392 Tier 4 student visa leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 24,907 straightforward applications, 24,483 Tier 4 leave to remain applications decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 93.30% straightforward Tier 4 student leave to remain applications was within 8 weeks.

Additionally, during the period, 3,626 leave to remain applications received for priority Tier 4 student visa extension. However, 2 applications refused as invalid and 914 Tier 4 student priority leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the 2,710 straightforward priority applications, 2,702 Tier 4 student visa extension applications decided within 5 working days. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 99.70% of Tier 4 student priority leave to remain applications was within 24 hours.

Moreover, 774 applications received for Tier 4 student visa leave to remain with super-priority (premium) service. However, 1 application refused as invalid and 43 Tier 4 student visa leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the 730 straightforward super-priority applications, 728 Tier 4 student visa extension applications decided by next working day. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 99.70% of Tier 4 student visa leave to remain applications with super-priority service was within 24 hours.

Tier 5 Temporary Workers

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 249 straightforward and 50 non-straightforward Tier 5 priority visa extension applications received. Accordingly, of the 249 straightforward applications, 226 Tier 5 leave to remain applications decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 90.80% straightforward Tier 5 work visa leave to remain applications was within 8 weeks.

Additionally, during the period, 53 straightforward and 10 non-straightforward Tier 5 priority leave to remain applications received. Accordingly, of the 53 straightforward priority applications, 50 Tier 5 leave to remain applications decided within 5 working days. Therefore, UK visa extension timelines for 94.34% of straightforward Tier 5 priority leave to remain applications was within 5 weeks. Moreover, 106 straightforward and 21 non-straightforward Tier 5 super-priority (premium) leave to remain applications received. Accordingly, all the 106 straightforward priority Tier 5 leave to remain applications decided by next working day. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 100% of straightforward Tier 5 super-priority (premium) leave to remain applications was within 24-hours. 

Visitors

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 245 leave to remain applications received for UK visitor visa extension. However, 11 applications refused as invalid and 43 visit visa leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 191 straightforward applications, 189 visitor visa extension applications decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 98.95% straightforward visitor visa applications was within 8 weeks.

Additionally, during the period, 33 leave to remain applications received for super-priority (premium) UK visitor visa extension. However, 1 application refused as invalid and 8 super-priority visitor visa applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the 24 straightforward super-priority applications, 23 visitor visa extension applications decided within 5 working days. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 95.83% of super-priority visitor visa leave to remain applications was within 24 hours.

Other Non PBS

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, 755 leave to remain applications received for Other Non-PBS such as startup, innovator, ancestry visa extension. However, 21 applications refused as invalid and 228 Other Non-PBS leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 506 straightforward applications, 504 Non-PBS extension applications decided within 8 weeks. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 99.60% straightforward Non-PBS work visa applications was within 8 weeks.

Additionally, 102 straightforward and 7 non-straightforward Other Non-PBS super-priority (premium) leave to remain applications received. Accordingly, of the 102 straightforward super-priority applications, 101 Other Non-PBS leave to remain applications decided by next working day. Therefore, UK visa extension processing time 2019 for 99.02% straightforward Other Non-PBS super-priority (premium) work visa leave to remain applications was within 24-hours.

Residence/Registration

During April-June 2019 Q2, 32,949 applications received for Residence/Registration of EU Citizens and Non-EEA Family Members. However, 6,197 applications rejected as invalid and 342 applications for Residence/Registration of EU Citizens and Non-EEA Family Members were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 26,410 straightforward applications, 26,260 applications for Residence/Registration of EU Citizens and Non-EEA Family Members decided within the service standard of 6 months. Therefore, the EU Residence Card and Registration documents processing time 2019 for 99.43% of applications was within 6 months.

Please note, EEA nationals can apply for documentation under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations if they are a qualified person. To be a qualified person the EEA national must be exercising Treaty rights in the UK as either a worker; student; self-employed person; self-sufficient person or job seeker. Family members and extended family members of such a qualified person can also apply for documentation via this route as proof of their right to reside in the UK. Further details please refer to EU, EEA and Commonwealth citizens.

ECAA

During April-June 2019 Q2, 2,229 leave to remain applications received for ECAA. However, 38 applications refused as invalid and 16 ECAA leave to remain applications were non-straightforward (complex). Accordingly, of the remaining 2,175 straightforward applications, 2,162 ECAA applications decided within 6 months. Therefore, ECAA leave to remain processing time 2019 for 99.40% straightforward applications was within 6 months.

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