Obtaining a UK visa these days is taking significantly longer than expected, particularly getting a Visit, Work, or Transit visa.
According to the latest updates from the Govt of the United Kingdom;
- Visit visas, including standard visitor visa applications, are currently taking on average 7 weeks to process, however, some applications might take longer.
- Transit visa applications are currently taking on average 6 weeks to process.
- Most work and investment visas, including skilled worker visa applications, are currently taking on average 4 weeks to process.
According to the UK Embassy, In normal circumstances for non-settlement visa applications submitted outside the UK 90% are decided within 3 weeks; 98% within 6 weeks and 100% within 12 weeks of the application date.
But this year the wait time has extended!
Due to the long delays in processing, many people have asked us how they can stay updated on the status of their UK visa application. As a result, we have created an extensive guide that explains all of the possible methods for checking the status of your UK Visa application.
How to Check UK Visa Application Status?
There are two common methods for checking the status of your UK Visa application: online and offline. You can now easily stay up to date on the status of your UK visa application online and offline. All you need is your passport number and your visa reference number.
How to Check UK Visa Status Online?
To track the UK Visa application status online, all you need to do is follow the below-mentioned steps;
- Step 1: Visit the British Consulate website for your country or log on to the VFS Global Track your application page.
- Step 2: Enter the tracking ID that you received via SMS and email after submitting your UK visa application.
- Step 3: In the next step you will need to enter your Date of Birth (DOB) in YYYY-MM-DD format and type the captcha text.
- Step 4: Click on the “Submit” button.
The current status of your UK visa application will be displayed once you click the ‘Submit’ button on the webpage.
To track the status of your UK visa application through a third-party website, enter the following information:
- Passport number
- Visa tracking number
- Date of birth
How to Check UK Visa Status Offline?
If you are unable to complete this online process, or find it difficult or facing any technical glitches, here is how to check your UK visa application status offline.
You can email the British consulate along with your unique visa application number and the consulate will get back to you with the visa status within three working days.
Apart from that, the consulate office will also send you SMS and email updates on the status of your UK visa. If your visa application is denied, you will receive a letter explaining the reason for the denial.
UK Visa Application Centres In India
India has as many as 12 UK visa application centres across various states, you can find your nearest location, opening hours and centre information below;
|State||Address||Phone No & Timings|
|Goa||VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd., Gera Imperium Grand, 6th Floor, Office No. 619, 629, 621, Patto Plaza, Near Ginger Hotel, Panjim, Goa – 403001||0832 663 6800, 09.00 – 17.30|
|Cochin||S&T Arcade, Kurisupally Road, Ravipuram, M G Road, Cochin -682016||Not available, 07.00 – 16.00|
|New Delhi||Upper Ground, Floor, S-2 Level, International Trade Tower, Opposite Satyam Cinemas, Nehru Place, New Delhi -110019||011 2419 2100, 08.00 – 16.00|
|Kolkata||1842, Rene Towers, Rajdanga Main Road, Sector A, East Kolkata Township, Kolkata – 700107||033 40822200, 08.00 – 16.00|
|Ahmedabad||Unit No. ( 1 & 2 ), First floor, Bhikhubhai Chambers, Opposite Bharat Petroleum, Near Kochrab Ashram Ashram Road, Paldi, Ahmedabad 380009||011 2419 2100, 08.00 – 16.00|
|Pune||Office No. 305, Gera 77, Near Bishops Co-Ed School, Kalyani Nagar, Pune 411014||Not available, 08.00 – 14.00|
|Chennai||Fagun Towers Commander In Chief Road (Ethiraj Salai), Egmore, Chennai- 600008||044 4219 2151, 08.00 – 16.00|
|Hyderabad||Sunil Chambers, 8-2-542/A Road No. 7, Near Meridian School and Ratnadeep Supermarket, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034||040 6666 9147, 08.00 – 16.00|
|Bengaluru||Unit No. 302 & 303, Second Floor, Level 3, Prestige Atrium No 1, Near Palmgroove Military Canteen and opposite to Empire Hotel Central Street, Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore – 560001||080 2210 0200, 08.00 – 16.00|
|Chandigarh||SCO 62 63, Sector 8 C, Near Hotel Icon and Times of India office, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh 160018||0172 492 5100, 08.00 – 16.00|
|Mumbai South||Express Tower, 4th floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021||022 6650 2222, 08.00 – 16.00|
|Jalandhar||Jalandhar Lower Ground Floor, MIDAS Corporate Park, Plot No. 37, G.T. Road, Opposite Jalandhar Bus Stand, Jalandhar – 144001||Not available, 08.00 – 16.00|
It must be noted that the quickest way to check the status of your UK visa application is online, whereas offline options will take some time to notify you. However, the British High Commission will send you a formal notification with information regarding your visa status.
We hope this guide has covered everything you need to know about tracking your UK Visa Application; if you have any further questions, please leave them in the comments section below.