Visa processing times: applications inside the UK

Check how quickly you’ll receive a decision on your UK visa application if you're applying from inside the UK.

You are not required to book any travel before you apply or before a decision is made on your application.

You should allow enough time before you make a visa application. You will only receive a refund of your application fee if we have not started to process your application.

You may be able to pay for a faster decision on a visa application.

When your application processing time starts

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) starts processing your application once you either:

When your application processing time ends

You’ll get a letter or email to let you know that a decision has been made on your application.

You can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.

You do not need to contact UKVI to track your application if you’ve already made a visa application and it is still within the current processing times. We will not be able to provide information on the status of your application.

When you might wait longer

Your visa application may take longer to process, for example:

  • the information in your application is not accurate or requires further consideration
  • you need to provide further evidence, for example evidence of funds
  • your supporting documents need to be verified
  • you need to attend an interview
  • further information is required on your personal circumstances (for example if you have a criminal conviction)
  • UKVI is experiencing increased visa demand

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Current processing times

The processing times listed below are based on the current volume of visa applications.

All UK processing times are measured against agreed customer service standards.

Visit visa

Category Processing time
Standard Visitor 8 weeks

Study visas

Category Processing time
Student 8 weeks
Child Student 8 weeks

Family visas

Category Processing time
Partner or spouse (meeting minimum income and English language requirements) 8 weeks  
Partner or spouse - private life (minimum income and English language not required) 12 months  
Parent 12 months  
Child 8 weeks  
Adult coming to be cared for by a relative 8 weeks  

Ukraine visas

Category Processing time
Homes for Ukraine As quickly as possible

Popular work visas

Category Processing time
Skilled Worker 8 weeks  
Health and Care Worker 3 weeks  

Temporary work visas

Category Processing time
Government Authorised Exchange 8 weeks  
Charity Worker 8 weeks  
Creative Worker 8 weeks  
International Agreement 8 weeks  
Religious Worker 8 weeks  

Work visas you can apply for without a job offer

Category Processing time
Global Talent 8 weeks  
Graduate 8 weeks  
Overseas Domestic Worker 8 weeks  
High Potential Individual (HPI) 8 weeks  
India Young Professionals Scheme3 weeks 
UK Ancestry 8 weeks  

Work visas to start a business

Category Processing time
Innovator Founder 8 weeks  
Start-up 3 weeks  

Work visas for an overseas employer

Category Processing time
Overseas Domestic Worker 8 weeks  
Secondment Worker 8 weeks  
Senior or Specialist Worker 8 weeks  
Representative of an Overseas Business 8 weeks  
Service Supplier 8 weeks  
UK Expansion Worker 8 weeks  

Other visas and permits

Category Processing time
British National (Overseas) 12 weeks  
Entrepreneur 8 weeks  
International Sportsperson 8 weeks  
Investor 8 weeks  
Minister of Religion 8 weeks  
Scale-up Worker 8 weeks  
Turkish Businessperson 6 months  
Turkish Worker 6 months  
Published 22 May 2023
Last updated 199 FebruaryJuly 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated to clarify the contact process in the following sections: 'When your application processing time ends' and 'When you might wait longer' and removed the India Young Professional Scheme from the 'work visas you can apply for without a job offer' table.

  2. Amended information on Ukraine visas processing time.

  3. Updated structure details on family applications.

  4. Updated family visa processing times structure.

  5. First published.