As you may be aware, obtaining a visa for the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and most of the European nations is also taking significantly longer;
The major reason behind the delay is after the resumption of scheduled international flights as well as relaxations in Covid-related travel restrictions; in the midst of this, many Indian travellers are planning to travel abroad for a holiday, education, or work purposes.
We recently published a detailed article on Visa delays and outlined the reasons in depth;
In an update for visa decision waiting times for applications outside the UK, the government stated that the processing timeframes for ‘Study in the UK’ and ‘Work or invest in the UK’ had been updated.
Update On United Kingdom Visa Processing Time
Study in the UK
According to an update, student visa applications are presently taking 5 weeks on average to process. The UK embassy stated that they are working hard to process applications in order to get back to the three-week service standard.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks once you either attend your appointment at the visa application centre or use the ID Check app if you are applying for a:
- Short-term study visa
- Student visa
- Child Student visa
If you verify your identity at a visa application centre you may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in – check with your visa application centre.
Work or invest in the UK
Similarly, skilled worker visa applications are currently taking on average 6 weeks to process. The Uk high commission is working hard to process applications to get back to the 3-week service standard.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks once you either attend your appointment at the visa application centre or use the ID Check app if you are applying for a visa to work or invest in the UK.
You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in – check with your visa application centre.
The British High Commission spokesperson, in a conversation with Mint, also said, “We are working urgently to reduce the current processing time as quickly as possible.”
He added that Non-settlement visa applications received outside the UK are normally decided within three weeks, 98 per cent within six weeks, and 100 per cent within twelve weeks of the application date. However, the wait time has increased this time.
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