UK Standard, Priority, Super Priority (Premium) Visitor and Tourist Visa Processing Time after Biometrics 2021: Coronavirus (Covid-19) Suspension and Resumption

This guidance relates to the latest UK Visa Processing Time after Biometrics 2021 for Standard (Normal), Priority and Super-Priority Tourist, Family, Business, Marriage, Medical, Academic, Short Term Study, Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visitor Applications. Moreover, for reference and better understanding, also answers the FAQs relating to UK visitor visa application processing time, fees, priority service, super-priority (premium) service, email notification etc.

1. Overview 2. Standard (Normal) Service 3. Priority 4. Super-Priority 5.FAQs

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1. Overview

UK Visitor Visa Processing Time after Biometrics 2021

The service standards for UK visa processing time after biometrics 2021 is to decide 90%, 98% and 100% of straightforward visitor and tourist applications within 3, 6 and 12 weeks, respectively.

From April 2019 to Dec 2020, UK visa processing time after biometrics for 2,267,279 (97.94%) straightforward visitor and tourist visa applications was within fifteen working days. Therefore, in the light of the empirical evidence, the expected UK visa processing time after biometrics in 2021 is within 15-working days (3-weeks).

UK Priority Visitor Visa Processing Time after Biometrics 2021

If an applicant pays an additional amount of £220 for the priority service, then the service standard for UK visitor and tourist visa processing time after biometrics is within five working days.

From April 2019 to Dec 2020, UK visa processing time after biometrics for 375,828 (96.46%) straightforward priority visitor and tourist visa applications was within fifteen working days. Therefore, in the light of the empirical evidence, the expected UK priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2021 for visitor and tourist applications is within 5-working days (1-week).

Please note, for all priority visa applications where the customer has met all their obligations, the aim of UKVI is to complete all priority visa applications within 5 working days (excluding Bank Holidays and weekends), where the first day is the day of biometric enrolment. Moreover, immediately after the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, the provision of priority service for UK visitor visa application processing remained suspended for some time. However, from July 2020, the provision of priority service has gradually resumed for UK visitor visa application processing.

UK Super Priority Visitor Visa Processing Time after Biometrics 2021

If an applicant pays an additional amount of £956 for the super-priority (aka premium) service, then the UK visa processing time after biometrics 2021 service standard is to decide a visitor or tourist applications by next working day (or 24-hours).

From April 2019 to Dec 2020, UK visa processing time after biometrics for 13,440 (95.70%) straightforward super-priority visitor and tourist visa applications was by next working day. Therefore, in the light of the empirical evidence, the expected UK super-priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2021 for visitor and tourist applications is by next working.

Please note, for all Super Priority visa applications where the customer has met all their obligations, the aim of UKVI is to complete all super priority visa applications by the end of next working day (excluding Bank Holidays and weekends), where the first day is the day of biometric enrolment. Moreover, immediately after the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, the provision of super priority (premium) service for UK visitor and tourist visa application processing remained suspended for some time. However, from July 2020, the provision of super-priority service has gradually resumed for UK visitor and tourist visa application processing.

3. Standard 15-Working Days

UK Visitor Visa Processing Time After Biometrics 2021

From April 2019 to Dec 2020, UKVI received 2,367,400 visitor visa standard (normal) applications i.e. 2,315,049 straightforward and 52,351 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics for 2,267,279 (97.94%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within fifteen working days. Therefore, for more than 95% of straightforward UK visitor visa applications the expected processing time after biometrics in 2021 is fifteen working days or 3 weeks. For instance, if an applicant submits a UK visitor visa application on Aug 6, 2021, then there is more than 95% chance that by Aug 27, 2021, that the applicant will get an email from UKVI. Accordingly, within the next 2-3 days, the UK visa application centre (UKVAC) may contact the applicant for passport collection.

Oct-Dec 2020 Q4

During Oct-Dec 2020 Q4, UKVI received 91,812 visitor visa standard (normal) applications i.e. 88,878 straightforward and 2,934 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q4 for 87,697 (98.70%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within fifteen working days.

July-Sept 2020 Q3

During July-Sept 2020 Q3, UKVI received 65,858 visitor visa standard (normal) applications i.e. 65,040 straightforward and 818 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q3 for 59,078 (90.80%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within fifteen working days. Please note, after Coronavirus lockdown and restrictions, the UKVI operations gradually resumed during July-Sept 2020.

Apr-Jun 2020 Q2

During Apr-June 2020 Q2, UKVI received 3,624 visitor visa standard (normal) applications i.e. 3,532 straightforward and 92 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q2 for 2,899 (82.10%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within fifteen working days. Please note, due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the UKVI operations remained suspended in this period.

Jan-Mar 2020 Q1

During Jan-Mar 2020 Q1, UKVI received 347,718 visitor visa standard (normal) applications i.e. 339,283 straightforward and 8,435 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q1 for 326,045 (96.10%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within fifteen working days.

Oct-Dec 2019 Q4

During Oct-Dec 2019 Q4, UKVI received 467,975 visitor visa standard (normal) applications i.e. 462,512 straightforward and 5,463 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics in 2019Q4 for 459,371 (99.30%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within fifteen working days.

Jul-Sept 2019 Q3

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, UKVI received 581,393 visitor visa standard (normal) applications i.e. 569,589 straightforward and 11,804 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics in 2019Q3 for 564,465 (99.10%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within fifteen working days.

Apr-Jun 2019 Q2

During Apr-Jun 2019 Q2, UKVI received 809,020 visitor visa standard (normal) applications i.e. 786,215 straightforward and 22,805 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics in 2019Q2 for 767,724 (97.60%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within fifteen working days.

For further details, please refer to Table No.3A and Table No.3B

3. Priority 5-Working Days

UK Priority Visitor Visa Processing Time After Biometrics 2021

From April 2019 to Dec 2020, UKVI received 398,855 visitor visa priority applications i.e. 389,623 straightforward and 9,232 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics for 375,828 (96.46%) straightforward priority visitor visa applications was within five working days. Therefore, for more than 95% of straightforward UK priority visitor visa applications the expected processing time after biometrics in 2021 is five working days or 1 week. For instance, if an applicant submits a UK priority visitor visa application on Aug 2, 2021, then there is more than 95% chance that by Aug 9, 2021, the applicant will get an email notification from UKVI. And accordingly, the UKVAC may contact the applicant for passport collection or delivery.

Oct-Dec 2020 Q4

During Oct-Dec 2020 Q4, UKVI received 9,024 priority visitor visa applications i.e. 8,811 straightforward and 213 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q4 for 8,288 (94.10%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within five working days.

July-Sept 2020 Q3

During July-Sept 2020 Q3, UKVI received 3,846 priority visitor visa applications i.e. 3,795 straightforward and fifty-one non-straightforward applications. Please note, the UK visitor visa priority service after suspension due to coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, gradually reopened during July-Sept 2020. The UK priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q3 for 3,416 (90%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within five working days.

Apr-Jun 2020 Q2

During Apr-June 2020 Q2, UKVI received thirty-four priority visitor visa applications i.e. thirty-three straightforward and one non-straightforward application. Please note, due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the UK visitor visa priority service remained suspended during the period. Therefore, only 6 (18.20%) straightforward priority visitor visa applications processed within five working days.

Jan-Mar 2020 Q1

During Jan-Mar 2020 Q1, UKVI received 54,353 priority visitor visa applications i.e. 53,509 straightforward and 844 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q1 for 51,676 (96.60%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within five working days.

Oct-Dec 2019 Q4

During Oct-Dec 2019 Q4, UKVI received 87,624 priority visitor visa applications i.e. 86,287 straightforward and 1,337 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2019Q4 for 83,812 (97.10%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within five working days.

Jul-Sept 2019 Q3

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, UKVI received 119,876 priority visitor visa applications i.e. 116,800 straightforward and 3,076 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2019Q3 for 112,568 (96.40%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within five working days.

Apr-Jun 2019 Q2

During Apr-Jun 2019 Q2, UKVI received 124,098 priority visitor visa applications i.e. 120,388 straightforward and 3,710 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2019Q2 for 116,062(96.40%) straightforward visitor visa applications was within five working days.

For further details, please refer to Table No.4A and Table No.4B

4. Super-Priority by Next Working Day

UK Super Priority Visitor Visa Processing Time After Biometrics 2021

From April 2019 to Dec 2020, UKVI received 14,162 super-priority visitor visa applications i.e. 14,044 straightforward and 120 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK visa processing time after biometrics for 13,440 (95.70%) straightforward super-priority visitor visa applications was by next working day. Therefore, for more than 95% of straightforward UK super-priority visitor visa applications the expected processing time after biometrics in 2021 is by next working day (24-hours). For instance, if an applicant submits a UK super-priority visitor visa application on Aug 2, 2021, then there is more than 95% chance that by evening of Aug 3, 2021, the applicant will get the decision from UKVI.

Oct-Dec 2020 Q4

During Oct-Dec 2020 Q4, UKVI received 249 super-priority visitor visa applications i.e. 246 straightforward and 3 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK super-priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q4 for 239 (97.20%) straightforward visitor visa applications was by next working day.

July-Sept 2020 Q3

During July-Sept 2020 Q3, UKVI received 138 super-priority visitor visa applications i.e. 134 straightforward and four non-straightforward applications. Please note, the UK visitor visa super-priority service after suspension due to coronavirus (covid-19), gradually reopened during July-Sept 2020. Therefore, the UK super-priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q3 for 123 (91.80%) straightforward visitor visa applications was by next working day.

Apr-Jun 2020 Q2

During Apr-June 2020 Q2, UKVI received no super-priority visitor visa applications. Please note, due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the UK visitor visa super-priority service remained suspended during the period.

Jan-Mar 2020 Q1

During Jan-Mar 2020 Q1, UKVI received 162 super-priority visitor visa applications i.e. 150 straightforward and 14 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK super-priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2020Q1 for 145 (96.70%) straightforward visitor visa applications was by next working day. Please note, the low level of super-priority visitor visa applications during this period may be due to multitude factors such as coronavirus outbreak by late February, seasonal impact, data reporting etc.

Oct-Dec 2019 Q4

During Oct-Dec 2019 Q4, UKVI received 3,866 super-priority visitor visa applications i.e. 3,840 straightforward and twenty-six non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK super-priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2019Q4 for 3,745 (97.50%) straightforward visitor visa applications was by next working day.

Jul-Sept 2019 Q3

During Jul-Sept 2019 Q3, UKVI received 5,222 super-priority visitor visa applications i.e. 5,196 straightforward and twenty-six non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK super-priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2019Q3 for 4,933 (94.9%) straightforward visitor visa applications was by next working day.

Apr-Jun 2019 Q2

During Apr-Jun 2019 Q2, UKVI received 4,525 super-priority visitor visa applications i.e. 4,478 straightforward and 47 non-straightforward applications. Accordingly, the UK super-priority visa processing time after biometrics in 2019Q2 for 4,255 (95.00%) straightforward visitor visa applications was by next working day.

For further details, please refer to Table No.5A and Table No.5B

5. FAQs

UK Visa Processing Time After Biometrics 2021

How popular is the UK priority visitor visa service?

Please note, before the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak in March 2020, the priority service was available at most of the UK visa application centres. However, after the suspension in March-June 2020, the priority service is yet to be resumed at several UK visa application centres.

From April 2019 to March 2021, 403,125 applicants (14.18% of the total 2,843,099) used the 5-working days priority service to expedite the processing of UK visitor visa entry clearance applications within 5-working days instead of the standard (normal) 15-working days (2-3 weeks). Therefore, the priority service has been quite popular, especially before the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak as 15-17% of the visitor visa applicants were using it. After the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak in March 2020, the priority service remained suspended for few months. Since July 2020, the UKVI has been making the requisite arrangements for the provision of priority service for UK visitor visa applications. During Jan-Mar 2021Q1, 4,266 visitor visa applicants (7.12% of the total 59,916) used the priority service.

For further details, please refer to Table No. 2A and Table No. 2B.

How popular is the UK super-priority visitor visa service?

Please note, even before the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak in March 2020, the super-priority service for visitor visa was only available at a few application centres. However, after the suspension in March-June 2020, the priority service is yet to be resumed at several UK visa application centres.

From April 2019 to March 2021, 16,931 applicants (0.60% of the total 2,843,099) used the 24-hours super-priority service to expedite the processing of UK visitor visa entry clearance applications. Therefore, even before the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak, only a handful applicants were using the super-priority service due to its lack of availability in most of the countries/application centres and high price. After the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak in March 2020, the super-priority service remained suspended for a few months. Since July 2020, the UKVI has been making the requisite arrangements for the provision of super-priority service for UK visitor visa applications. During Jan-Mar 2021Q1, 148 visitor visa applicants (0.25% of the total 59,916) used the super- priority service.

How much does the UK priority visitor visa cost?

The UK visa fees for 6-months, 2, 5 and 10-year visit, tourist, family, or business application are £95, £361, £655, and £822, respectively, Additional charges of priority service are £220.  Therefore, UK priority visitor visa cost in 2021 for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications are £315, £581, £875, and £1,042, respectively. At a few application centres, applicants can purchase the same-day (24-hour) super-priority service for £956. Accordingly, the UK super-priority visit visa fees for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years are £1,051, £1,317, £1,611, and £1,778, respectively.

Please note, the UK visit visa fees for infants under 5 and children under 18 are same as that for adults

For further details, please refer to Table No. 6

What is the UKVI response time after biometrics?

In most of instances, a visitor visa applicant gets the response within 10-15 working days (2-3 weeks) after biometrics. However, if UKVI is not able to decide the visit visa application within the stipulated service standards then may intimate the applicant within 3-6 weeks after biometrics.

If the visitor visa applicant has purchased the priority service, then the response time after biometrics is within 5-working days. Moreover, if the visitor visa applicant has purchased the super priority service, then the response time after biometrics is by the next working day.

Are the UK visitor visa service standards different for different countries?

No, the UK visa processing time service standards are same for all overseas countries and territories. However, the UK visit or tourist visa processing time after biometrics may slightly vary on a case-to-case basis due to the nature of the application and the administrative workload/consideration of the UKVI.

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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Has the priority service resumed after Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Indeed, immediately after the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the UKVI suspended the priority and super-priority visa services for visitor visa applications from outside the UK. However, both the priority and super-priority visa services have gradually re-opened since July-Sept 2020 Q3 for visitor applications.

In fact, due to the ongoing global impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19), disruptions to local travel and courier routes have increased visa processing time UK 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 visitor or tourist visa processing time after biometrics during coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic may take more than fifteen working days (3 weeks). Moreover, at a few visas’ application centres, priority and super-priority service may not be available due to coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

What are the UK visitor visa timelines after interview?

In most of the instances, there are no interviews for the UK tourist or other types of visitor visa applications. Accordingly, the caseworker decides on papers. However, for a second opinion, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) may schedule an interview. Moreover, an interview usually takes places over the video link at the UK visa application centre (UKVAC). Certainly, the UK visitor visa processing time after an interview is not more than 3-5 working days. Accordingly, if the interview is on Monday, then an applicant may have the final decision by Thursday or Friday.

Can an applicant get a UK visa decision within 2-3 days?

Yes, there is a remote possibility of getting a decision within 2–3 working days with priority service. However, if an applicant has used the super-priority service, then there is more than 95% chance of getting a UK visitor or tourist visa decision after biometrics by the next working day (24 hours!).

How long does it take for visa to be approved?

A standard (non-priority) visitor visa applicant may expect a decision within 2-3 weeks (10-15 working days). However, if an applicant has purchased the priority or super-priority service then may expect a decision within 3-7 working days or by next working day, respectively.

What is the processing time for a complex visa application?

In fact, there are no time limits for deciding a non-straightforward (complex) UK visit, tourist, family, business, marriage, medical, permitted paid engagement visitor visa application. If the ECO has doubts about the purpose, intentions, credibility, or frequency of visits then may institute verification checks. The ECO will only decide after the completion of the verification process. Therefore, a decision on a non-straightforward visitor visa application may delay beyond the service standard due to administrative checks and verifications. However, even in case of a delay, there is still no correlation between the processing time and the outcome.

You might wait longer for a decision if your application is not straightforward, and more information is required before a decision is made. If your application is delayed, you will be informed within the standard timescales for your visa.

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What is the expected processing time for a complex application?

Although, the UK visa processing time service standards are the same for all countries and types of visitor visa applications. However, the UK visitor visa processing time service standards are only maintainable in case of a straightforward application. Therefore, if an application is categorized as non-straightforward or complex then UK visa processing time for a standard (normal), priority or super-priority application may experience a delay beyond the stated service standards.

When people start thinking that visa is getting delayed?

Indeed, more than 95% of super-priority (premium), priority and standard visit, tourist, family, and business visitor visa applications are processed within 24-hours, 5, and 15 working days, respectively. Therefore, applicants not getting a decision within these time limits start thinking that UK visa application is getting delayed.

Is there a relationship between timelines and the outcome?

There is no correlation between the UK visitor visa waiting time and final decision. Therefore, a visitor visa might be refused or granted within a given period. Please note, a well-documented application has a better chance to decide quickly and favourably in the assessment process.

What is the meaning of biometrics?

At the time of visitor or tourist visa application submission, an applicant needs to go through the biometrics, which is the scanning of fingers and thumbs- and usually does not take more than 2-3 minutes Moreover, apart from biometrics, the staff of the application centre also takes an electronic photo of the applicant for record and for affixing on the visa vignette.

When an applicant receives UK visa email notification?

The UKVI usually notifies via email that the visitor visa application is concluded and has been sent to UKVAC. Accordingly, the UKVAC contacts the applicant when the passport is ready for collection. Most of the applicants feel quite anxious after receiving the UK visa decision email. And try to read between the lines and do the guesswork to know the outcome. Therefore, it is better to wait for the call, text message or email from the UKVAC for the collection of the passport. Accordingly, after receiving the intimation should go to the application centre for passport collection.

Please note, in the presence of the applicant, the dealing staff member of the UKVAC will open the sealed envelope containing the passport (and a refusal letter in case of a rejection decision). Therefore, if there is no refusal letter in the envelope then this means that the UK visa is approved. Accordingly, the applicant may flip through their passport to see the affixed UK visitor visa vignette, which prima facie provides the details of the validity and duration of the approval.

Is it possible to track UK visitor visa application?

Perhaps, a few years ago, applicants were able to track UK visitor or tourist visa application for free. However, now it is not possible to track UK visitor visa applications during processing. However, if for any reason an applicant wants to know the application status then can contact UKVI by phone or email:

Telephone: 00 44 203 481 1736
Monday to Friday, 24 hours
Calls cost £1.37 per minute on top of your standard network charges.

Email’s enquiries cost £5.48. You will not be charged for any follow-up emails about the same enquiry.

You’ll get a reply to your email within 2 days, except on Saturdays, Sundays, and UK public holidays.

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How to know if the UK visitor visa is approved?

An applicant only comes to know about the UK visitor visa approval or refusal decision after collecting the passport from the application centre.

How hard it is to get UK visitor visa in 2021?

There were 175,005 visitor visas granted in the year ending March 2021, 92.49% (2,154,507) fewer than the previous year (2,329,512) due to Coronavirus pandemic. In the year ending March 2021, a total of 243,774 persons applied for a UK visitor visa, 260,079 visit visa applications decided, 175,005 visas granted, and 82,790 applications rejected. Therefore, the UK visitor visa success and refusal rate for the year ending March 2021 was 67.29% and 31.83%, respectively. Indeed, after the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak, it has become a bit difficult to get a UK standard visitor visa in 2021.

What to do if UK visitor or tourist visa is refused?

After a UK visitor or tourist visa refusal, a person can reapply or file a judicial review against the rejection decision. Please note there is no right of appeal against the refusal of a UK Tourist, Family, Business, Marriage, Medical, Academic, Short Term Study, and Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visitor Visa Application.

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Table No. 1 UK Visitor Visa Processing Time after Biometrics 2021

UK Visitor Visa Processing Time after Biometrics 2021 Service Standards for Family, Business Visitor, Tourist, Marriage, Medical, Academic, Short Term Study, Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Applications
Service TypeService Standard
Standard (Normal)To process 90% of straightforward applications within 15 Working Days (3-Weeks)
Standard (Normal)To process 98% of straightforward applications within 30 Working Days (6-Weeks)
Standard (Normal) - 100% of straightforward applicationsTo process 100% of straightforward applications within 60 Working Days (12-Weeks)
Priority (Additional Cost of £220)5 Working Days
Super Priority (Additional Cost of £956)Next Working Day
Non-Straightforward (Complex) ApplicationsNo Service Standard

Table No.2A No. of UK Visitor Visa Applications Received by UKVI

QuarterStandardPrioritySuper Priority
2019 Q2809,020124,0984,525
2019 Q3581,393119,8765,222
2019 Q4467,99387,6293,866
2020 Q1347,71854,3532,783
2020 Q23,626330
2020 Q365,8583,846138
2020 Q491,8129,024249
2021 Q155,5024,266148
Total2,422,922403,12516,931
The Number of UK Visitor Visa Entry Clearance Applications by Service Type (Standard, Priority and Super-Priority) Received and Input, or Applications that are submitted online,
Source: Migration Transparency Data

Table No.2B %Age Share of Priority & Super-Priority Applications

QuarterT Apls.Priority Visa ShareSuper Priority Share
2019 Q2937,64313.24%0.48%
2019 Q3706,61216.96%0.74%
2019 Q4559,48815.66%0.69%
2020 Q1404,85413.43%0.69%
2020 Q23,6590.90%0.00%
2020 Q369,8425.51%0.20%
2020 Q4101,0858.93%0.25%
2021 Q159,9167.12%0.25%
Total2,843,09914.18%0.60%

Table No.3A Total Standard (Normal) Visitor Visa Apls Received

Details of Standard (Non-Priority) Straightforward and Non-Straightforward UK Visitor Visa Applications Received by UKVI
QuarterTotalNon- StraightforwardStraightforward
2019 Q2809,02022,805786,215
2019 Q3581,39311,804569,589
2019 Q4467,9755,463462,512
2020 Q1347,7188,435339,283
2020 Q23,624923,532
2020 Q365,85881865,040
2020 Q491,8122,93488,878
Total2,367,40052,3512,315,049

Table No.3B UK Visitor Visa Standard Processing Time

Details of UK Visitor Visa Processing Time after Biometrics within 15-Working Days for the Total and Percentage Standard (Non-Priority) Straightforward Applications
QuarterReceivedProcessed within 15-Working DaysPercentage
2019 Q2786,215767,72497.60%
2019 Q3569,589564,46599.10%
2019 Q4462,512459,37199.30%
2020 Q1339,283326,04596.10%
2020 Q23,5322,89982.10%
2020 Q365,04059,07890.80%
2020 Q488,87887,69798.70%
Total2,315,0492,267,27997.94%

Table No.4A Total Priority UK Visitor Visa Applications Received

Details of Priority 5-Working Days Straightforward and Non-Straightforward (Complex) UK Visitor Visa Applications received by UKVI
QuarterTotalNon straightforwardStraightforward
2019 Q2124,0983,710120,388
2019 Q3119,8763,076116,800
2019 Q487,6241,33786,287
2020 Q154,35384453,509
2020 Q234133
2020 Q33,846513,795
2020 Q49,0242138,811
Total398,8559,232389,623

Table No.4B UK Priority Visitor Visa Processing Time

Details of UK Visitor Visa Processing Time after Biometrics within 15-Working Days for the Total and Percentage Straightforward Applications
QuarterReceivedProcessed within 5-Working DaysPercentage
2019 Q2120,388116,06296.40%
2019 Q3116,800112,56896.40%
2019 Q486,28783,81297.10%
2020 Q153,50951,67696.60%
2020 Q233618.20%
2020 Q33,7953,41690.00%
2020 Q48,8118,28894.10%
Total389,623375,82896.46%

Table No.5A Total Super Priority Applications Received

Details of Super Priority Next-Working Day (24-hours) Straightforward and Non-Straightforward (Complex) UK Visitor Visa Applications received by UKVI
QuarterTotalNon straightforwardStraightforward
2019 Q24,525474,478
2019 Q35,222265,196
2019 Q43,866263,840
2020 Q116214150
2020 Q2000
2020 Q31384134
2020 Q42493246
Total14,16212014,044

Table No.5B UK Super Priority Visitor Visa Processing Time

Details of UK Visitor Visa Processing Time after Biometrics by Next Working Days for the Total and Percentage Super-Priority Straightforward Applications
QuarterReceivedProcessed by Next Working DayPercentage
2019 Q24,4784,25595.00%
2019 Q35,1964,93394.90%
2019 Q43,8403,74597.50%
2020 Q115014596.70%
2020 Q200-
2020 Q313412391.80%
2020 Q424623997.20%
Total14,04413,44095.70%

Table No.6 UK Visitor Visa Fees 2021/22

Application TypeCharges
Priority (Additional Cost)£220 ($317)
Super Priority (Additional Cost) £956 ($1,379)
6 Months Standard Visitor Visa
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)£95 ($137)
Priority Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)£315 ($454)
Super-Priority Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)£1,051 ($1,516)
2-Year Standard Visitor Visa
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)£361 ($521)
Priority Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)£581 ($838)
Super Priority Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)£1,317 ($1,900)
5-Year Standard Visitor Visa
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)£655 ($945)
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)£875 ($1,262)
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)£1,611 ($2,324)
10-Year Standard Visitor Visa
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)£822 ($1,186)
Priority Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)£1,042 ($1,503)
Super-Priority Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)£1,778 ($2,565)
Visiting Academic
Visiting Academic - more than 6 months up to 12 months£190 ($274)
Priority Visiting Academic - more than 6 months up to 12 months£410 ($591)
Super-Priority Visiting Academic - more than 6 months up to 12 months£1,146 ($1,653)
Marriage
6-months Marriage Visitor Visa UK£95 ($137)
Priority 6-months Marriage Visitor Visa UK£315 ($454)
Super-Priority 6-months Marriage Visitor Visa UK£1,051 ($1,516)
Permitted paid engagement visa
Permitted paid engagement visa - 30 Days£95 ($137)
Priority Permitted paid engagement visa - 30 Days£315 ($454)
Super-Priority Permitted paid engagement visa - 30 Days£1,051 ($1,516)
Private medical treatment
Private medical treatment visitor visa UK for more than six months up to 11 months£190 ($274)
Priority Private medical treatment visitor visa UK for more than six months up to 11 months£410 ($591)
Super-Priority Private medical treatment visitor visa UK for more than six months up to 11 months£1,146 ($1,653)
Short-Term Study Visa
Short-term study – more than six months (up to 11 months)£186 ($268)
Priority short-term study visa – more than six months (up to 11 months)£406 ($585)
Super-Priority short-term study visa – more than six months (up to 11 months)£1,142 ($1,647)
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