So, you have submitted your UK visa application and you want to know how long the waiting time will be?
No doubt, you have searched online and on forums and the answer is no clearer.
Some people will write about how they got a decision within a few weeks whilst others will complain about their visa application taking months.
So how can you avoid the frustration that comes with UK Visa waiting times?
Check UKVI visa processing times
Whilst you cannot currently track your own individual visa application, the GOV.UK website is trialling a new visa processing times service.
This will tell you how long it is currently taking to process a visa application in the country from which you are applying.
It is important to remember that this is not a guarantee just a general guide.
The results will vary based on the type of visa you are applying for and where you will submit your application from. Click here to check it out for yourself if you are applying from outside UK and here if you are applying from inside UK.
Track your UK visa application
If you have submitted a UK visa application and you are waiting to hear the outcome then you can visit GOV.UK website to get more information or updates.
You cannot currently track your own individual visa application online.
Once you have answered the questions on the GOV.UK website you will be directed to contact information for different departments at UKVI.
WARNING!! Be wary of the phone numbers that will be shown as they are very expensive.
If you made your visa application from outside the UK you will be provided with a general enquiries number and a “paid email enquiry” option.
The paid email option will cost £5.48 and they promise to reply within 2 working days.
Our experience is that the paid email option is better.
This is because your email will go to the caseworkers dealing with your application.
Over the phone, the information they provide is usually limited as the person you speak to will probably not be dealing with your application.
Oh, and we forgot to mention the long waiting times…
UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UKVCAS)
If you made your visa application from inside the UK, the UKVI has introduced new processing options through the launch of UKVCAS in late 2018.
Altogether, there will be 57 UKVCAS centres across the UK.
- 6 core service centres in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow and Manchester offering free appointments.
- 50 enhanced service points in different cities across the UK. These service points will charge for appointments.
- 1 premium lounge in London
To find out more about the UKVCAS process read our guide on the “UKVCAS” here.
How we can help
At VisaHelpUK, we deal with many visa applications daily and have up-to-date insight on the UKVI process.
This puts us in a strong position to guide you on how to get a decision quickly.
The single biggest delay in visa processing times comes from applications that have not been properly prepared.
A well documented application has a much better chance of being decided quickly and in your favour.
We provide a “Do Your Own Partner Visa Pack” service where we give you a list of documents and template letters based on YOUR specific circumstances to ensure you get your application right the first time.
Save the following information to make tracking your visa application status easier when you are dealing with UKVI or any other organisation.
Your “CaseID” (Case Identification Number) – This is an 8 digit number and will be on any letters the Home Office have sent to you.
Your Payment Reference Number – You will get this once you have paid for your application.
Your Unique Application Number – You will find this on all emails and letters from the Home Office. It is a 16 digit number.
Your Biometric Residence Permit Number (if you have one) – This can be found on your Biometric Residence Permit Card.
Your Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) number – You should have received a reference number after paying the IHS fee.