UK Visa Processing Times

The time it takes to process a Tier 2 General Visa application depends on many factors, including; whether the application is ‘in country’ or ‘out of country’, the country in which the application is being submitted, whether the applicant has dependents or not.

The information detailed below has been provided in order to give you a good idea of current visa processing times. Please note that times may vary from month to month and you may find that an application takes longer or shorter than you expected. If you are arranging travel plans it is well worth investing in flexible tickets.

Average Tier 2 Visa Processing Times – In Country

For Tier 2 General visa applications there are two types of visa submissions; Postal Visa Submissions & Premium Visa Submissions. The below table explains the estimated processing times of each type of application.

 

Postal Visa Submission – Main Applicant

As an Individual a postal visa application will normally take around 3 – 4 weeks as it is fairly easy to book an appointment to submit biometric information. If you are extending an existing visa a postal visa application is a good option. If however you are changing your employer it may be better to prepare and submit a premium visa application to avoid any issues with start dates.

 

Postal Visa Submission – With Dependents

Postal applications for a main applicant with dependents can take significantly longer with processing times estimated at between 4 – 13 weeks. There are far less slots available for group biometric submissions therefore applicants generally have to wait a lot longer. If you are submitting a change of employment Tier 2 General visa application it is far better to invest in a premium application.

 

Premium Visa Submissions

Premium Visa Submissions are case-worked by the UK Border Agency the day they are submitted however application slots for for high volume locations such as Croydon must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. It is also pretty much impossible to book a slot as an individual therefore an OISC registered Immigration courier must be engaged at a cost of between £1,000 – £2,000. If you are applying as a main applicant + dependents and the application is further to a change of employment you may have no option but to pay extra for a premium application.

 

Average Tier 2 Visa Processing Times – Out of Country

The following table shows average Tier 2 General visa processing times for selected countries around the world. This information has been complied further to official VFS Global and WorldBridge application statistics.

Country

2 Days

3 Days

5 Days

10 Days

15 Days

40 Days

Australia

26%

72%

86%

94%

98%

99%

Canada

60%

80%

86%

100%

100%

100%

India

0%

0%

5%

76%

92%

99%

New Zealand

0%

0%

83%

88%

100%

100%

South Africa

10%

20%

65%

77%

94%

99%

United States

67%

86%

94%

99%

100%

100%

If you are applying for a Tier 2 General Visa in certain countries around the world you may face a long wait. Countries with longer Tier 2 processing times include:

  • Pakistan: 5 to 14 weeks generally required
  • Russia: 5 to 10 weeks generally required
  • Nigeria: 4 to 10 weeks generally required

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