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How to Chase a Delayed UK Visa Application A Step by Step Guide

How to Chase a Delayed UK Visa Application: A Step-by-Step Guide

In todays’ blog update, we’ll be talking about the following hot topics:

Understanding UK Visa Delays

We know that Experiencing a delay with your UK visa application can be frustrating. Recent global events like COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine have significantly extended processing times. For example, UK Partner Visa applications from outside the UK now take up to 24 weeks, double the usual 12-week period.

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Checking Your UK Visa Application Status

To begin, verify your visa application’s status. The Home Office website provides estimated waiting times for various visa types. It’s crucial to understand when the waiting period begins: for applications from within the UK, it starts once you submit online and ends upon receiving a decision. For those applying from outside, it begins after biometric enrolment or identity verification via the ID Check app.

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Common Reasons for UK Visa Delays

Several factors can contribute to delays in visa processing:

  • Incomplete Applications
    Ensure all required documents and information are accurately submitted.
  • Additional Information Requests
    Promptly respond to any requests from the Home Office for further details.
  • External Checks
    Additional verification from other government departments may cause delays.


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How to Chase a Delayed UK Visa or Immigration Decision

Check the Processing Times
Confirm the expected processing time for your specific visa on the Home Office website.

Contact the UKVI
If your application exceeds the published waiting time, contact the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to inquire about the delay.

Request an Expedite
If the delay causes significant inconvenience, you may request an expedited decision.


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Additional Tips for Managing Delays

While waiting, ensure you keep all correspondence from the Home Office and be prepared to provide any additional information quickly. If you need further assistance, consider seeking advice from an immigration lawyer.

For more detailed guidance and support, visit the Home Office website

Understanding these steps can help you navigate the often complex process of chasing a delayed UK visa application, ensuring a smoother and less stressful experience.

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