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, assuming everything is right with the application and the applicant.
But there can be occasions when you may have to face delays – what are some of the reasons behind delays in the processing time for UK visas?
UK visa processing is a complex task – especially in 2018 and likely to continue to be so in 2019. Due to this, 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. The following are just some of the most common reasons why your visa application might be delayed:
Proper paperwork and related documents are a must for your visa application; all documentation should be complete and well organised. If you fail to provide proper paperwork – such as if your application contains errors or omissions – then you are asking for visa delays, as the Home Office representative will be forced to request that you fix these mistakes before the process continues. This can be easily avoided by checking through your application – even something as simple as a missing signature or blurry photograph can lead to processing delays.
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; if you fail to pay the fee or you pay an inappropriate amount, then it can lead to your visa application stalling. This can sometimes be all too easy to do; there are an array of different costs associated with each type of visa application. As with incorrect paperwork, checking through your application can help you to avoid this potential delay in advance.
Verification of your documents and data
When you apply for a category of visa, you submit information as part of your visa application. Now, it may happen that the Home Office representative has to contact various departments in order to verify that documents and data provided by you are legitimate.
This can be the case for certain types of visa applications in particular. For example, entrepreneur visa applications can take more time, as income, savings and business plans need to be assessed.
Understandably, the processes above may take some time, causing a delay in visa application processing. If you are looking to avoid this type of delay, the best solution is to present documentation and paperwork that can be easily checked by the immigration authorities.
Required 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 – speaking to an immigration specialist is your best course of action in order to ensure that future applications run smoothly. Alternatively, you can contact the Home Office to check why your visa application has been delayed.
If you made your application within the 28 days prior to your existing visa ending, then your immigration status will remain the same – meaning that you should still have the right to work, access education and so on. However, if you made your application after your existing visa has ended, you’ll lose the associated rights.