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Updated 28 June 2022

The United Kingdom is a popular country that draws visitors looking to settle down in the country. The UK also issues several visas, and you can easily choose what’s right for you based on your circumstances.

Keep reading to know how to check the visa application status of your UK visa online.

UK visa status check online

Applicants cannot currently track or check the visa application status of their own UK visa online.

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However, you can use the UK Visas and Immigration online tool (UKVI) to obtain information regarding your visa application. The tool will ask you certain questions and once you have answered the questions on the website you will be directed to contact information for different departments at UKVI.

You can also use the paid email option for checking your UK visa application status, as the email enquiry is more likely to be directed to the caseworker dealing with your specific visa application.

UK visa status check fee

According to some sources the email enquiries usually cost £5.48 (USD 6.69) each. You will need a credit or debit card to use this service, where you will be asked to enter your payment details before sending the email, but you will not be charged until your message has been sent.

The UKVI usually replies within 2 days, except on Saturdays, Sundays and on UK public holidays.

UK visa application status check

The processing time or the time taken to make a decision regarding your UK visa depends on the type of UK visa you are applying for.

Once you’ve submitted your UK visa application online, the waiting time starts when you either:

  • attend your appointment and provide your fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information) at a visa application centre
  • verify your identity using the UK Immigration: ID Check app. This will depend on the visa you apply for and you’ll be advised if you can use this

The waiting time will end when you get an email containing the decision on your application. This will explain what you need to do next.

Please note that you can apply for the UKVI priority and super-priority visa services to get a decision on your visa faster. However, priority and super-priority visa services have been temporarily suspended for the new study, work and family visa applications.

You can check with your visa application centre to see if the priority and super-priority visa service is available in the country you’re applying from, or you can find more details regarding the process from here.

The UK electronic visa waiver

You will get an email within 24 hours with a link to download your UK electronic visa waiver. Make sure to show your EVW when you travel to the UK. You can print it or show it on an electronic device, such as a phone or tablet.

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The UK standard visitor visa

You’ll get an email or a letter containing the decision on your application. This will explain what you need to do next.

Usually, once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. However, it is currently taking 6 weeks on average to get a decision on Standard Visitor visas.

You may be able to get your visa decision faster, depending on the country you’re in.

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Transit visa

Transit visa applications currently take on an average of 6 weeks to process.

You should get a decision within 6 weeks once you attend your appointment at the visa application centre if you are applying for a visa to travel through the UK on your way to another country.

However, you may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in.

Student visa

Student visa applications currently take on an average of 4 weeks to process.

You should get a decision on your visa within 4 weeks once you either attend your appointment at the visa application centre or use the UK Immigration: ID Check app if you are applying for a:

If you verify your identity at a visa application centre you may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on your nationality.

Skilled worker visa

Skilled worker visa applications currently take on an average of 6 weeks to process.

As of now, you should get a decision on your visa within 6 weeks once you either attend your appointment at the visa application centre or use the UK Immigration: ID Check app if you are applying for a visa to work or invest in the UK.

Applicants applying for a Turkish Business Person visa can get a decision within 12 weeks once they attend their appointment at the visa application centre.

You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on your nationality.

Family visa

Applications for family visas may take up to 24 weeks to process.

Applicants applying to settle in the UK as the spouse, partner or family member of someone who has British citizenship or is settled in the UK can get a decision regarding their visa application within 24 weeks once they attend their appointment at the visa application centre

If you are applying as the dependent of another applicant, you will get your decision at the same time.

However, If you are applying for a EUSS family permit you will get a decision as soon as possible after proving your identity and providing your documents.

Family reunion

Applicants applying for a family reunion with a refugee or person with humanitarian protection will get a decision regarding their visa application within 12 weeks once they attend their appointment at the visa application centre.

Hong Kong British national (overseas) visa

Applicants from this category can get a decision regarding their visa application within 12 weeks once you either attend your appointment at the visa application centre or when you submit your online documents after completing the ID Check app.

Commonwealth citizens

Applicants applying for an ancestry visa can get a decision regarding their visa application within 3 weeks, once they attend their appointment at the visa application centre.

You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on your nationality.

Returning resident visa

Applicants applying for a returning resident visa should get a decision regarding their visa application within 3 weeks of attending their appointment at the visa application centre.

You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on your nationality.

Replacing biometric residence permits

Applicants applying for a visa to travel to the UK to replace their biometric residence permit (BRP) can get a decision regarding their visa application within 3 weeks once they attend their appointment at the visa application centre.

Replacing residence cards

Applicants applying for an EU Settlement Scheme travel permit to travel to the UK to replace a lost or stolen residence card can get a decision regarding their visa application within 3 weeks once they attend their appointment at the visa application centre.

Transfer visa

Applicants applying to transfer their visa from their passport should get a decision regarding their visa application within 3 weeks once they attend their appointment at the visa application centre.

Certificate of entitlement

Applicants applying for a certificate of entitlement to prove they have the right of abode in the UK should get a decision regarding their visa application within 3 weeks of attending their appointment at the visa application centre.

Please refer to the GOV.UK website for more details.

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