When you make a UK visa application, you want this to be processed quickly. There are standard time limits within which visa applications are processed if everything is right with the application and the applicant. But many a times you may have to face delays. But what are some of the reasons behind delays in the processing time for UK visas?
UK visa processing is a complex task so there can be many reasons for delays. The most common reason for delay is when there is a problem with your visa application or it is a very complex situation. In such situations, your visa application will not be processed within the normal, standard timeframe.
Delay because of improper paperwork
Proper paperwork and related documents are must for your visa application. If you fail to provide proper paperwork – such as if your application contains errors or omissions – then you are asking for delays, as the home officer will be forced to request that you fix these mistakes before the process continues.
Non-payment of fees
For any government process, you are required to pay a fee and applying for a visa is no exception. For each category of UK visa, you need to pay a prescribed figure. So, if you fail to pay the fee or you pay an inappropriate amount, then it can lead to your visa application stalling.
Time taken for verification of your documents and data
Many times, when you apply for a category of visa then you submit information as part of your visa application. Now, it may happen that the home officer has to contact various departments to verify that documents and data provided by you are legitimate. This may take some time, causing a delay in visa application processing.
Delay due to additional information
You may be asked by the immigration officer to furnish additional information sometimes – for example, if the documents that you submitted are not enough for the immigration officer to make a firm opinion on whether to grant you a visa or reject your application. This can, of course, lead to delays.
Unforeseen seasonal factors
Seasonal factors can also play a part in visa application delays. For example, if there is sudden increase in number of visa applications from tourists during a particular season, there will be delays in visa application processing time.
Delay because of adverse immigration history
If you were previously refused a UK visa or refused leave to enter the UK, deported, removed or were required to leave the UK in the past or faced conviction for any criminal offence, then there is a slim probability of you being granted a UK visa this time around. However, you will definitely face delays in such a situation if you are ultimately granted a visa.
If there is a delay with your UK visa being processed, what should you do?Well, to begin with, contact us to ask any questions you may have.