UK Visa Processing Time Will Be Back At 15 Days Soon Says British High Commissioner to India

British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis has said that the UK is ready to process India to UK visa applications within their standard of 15 days.

“We are on track to get back to processing India to UK visa applications within our standard of 15 days,” Alex Ellis said in a video message which started with “Namaste.”

  • Student numbers increased by 89% since last year.
  • Skilled workers visas bring processed faster
  • Focus on improving visitor visa processing times.

A long way comes, more to go.”

He also said that it due to the surge in the demand for travel to the UK form India, that Britian has decided to bring back its stardard 15-day visa process.

“As you know the combination of an unprecedented surge in demand for travel from India to the UK combined with the effects of Covid-19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, meant that our visa processing got well outside of a 15-day working standard,” said Alex Ellis

“We are back on track. We have dealt with an unprecedented surge in the demand for student visas, which was up by 89 percent from last year. We are turning right off skilled worker visas very fast and now we are focusing on visitor visas.”

Alex Ellis also urged prospective applicants to apply for visas three months ahead of time, informing them about applications under priority and super priority services at various centres.

“Don’t forget, we have got good availability in our visa application centres as well. You can help by applying early. You can use the different services, including the priority visa service and the super priority visa service if you have a particular urgency,” he said.

According to the official website of the UK Govt, the processing times for the Visit Visa, including standard visitor visa applications, are currently processing in 7 weeks on average, though some applications may take longer.

An update of the website also reads that the UK Embassy is working hard to return to the 3-week service standard by processing applications.