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Detailed guide: Visa decision waiting times: applications inside the UK

Uk Visas Immigration

February 19
13:38 2021

You are advised not to book any travel before you apply or before a decision is made on your application. Youll only be refunded if we have not started processing your application.

When your applications waiting time starts and ends

The waiting time starts once youve submitted your application online and ends when you get a letter or an email with a decision.

As part of the application process, youll need to either:

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

Switch to or extend a Student visa

You should usually get a decision within 8 weeks once youve applied online to switch to or extend a Student or Child Student visa.

You may be able to pay to get a faster decision - youll be told if you can when you apply.

Switch to or extend a family visa

You should usually get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once youve applied online to switch to or extend as a:

When you apply, youll be told if you can pay to get a faster decision.

Extend a relative wholl provide long-term care visa

You should usually get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once youve applied online to extend as a relative wholl provide long-term care.

Extend a Parent of a Child Student visa

You should usually get a decision within 8 weeks once youve applied online and youre applying to extend a Parent of a Child Student visa.

When you apply, youll be told if you can pay to get a faster decision.

Switch to or extend a work visa

You usually should get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once youve applied online to extend or switch to any of the following work visas:

When you apply, youll be told if you can pay to get a faster decision.

Switch to a Start-up visa

You should usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks once youve applied online to switch to a Start-up visa.

When you apply, youll be told if you can pay to get a faster decision.

Extend a Domestic Workers in a Private Household visa

You should get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once youve applied online to extend a Domestic Workers in a Private Household visa.

When you apply, youll be told if you can pay to get a faster decision.

Extend a Representative of an Overseas Business visa

You should usually get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once youve applied online to extend a Representative of an Overseas Business visa.

Switch to or extend a Health and Care Worker visa

You should usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks once youve applied online to switch to or extend a Health and Care Worker visa.

When you apply, youll be told if you can pay to get a faster decision.

Switch to or extend a Temporary Worker visa

You should usually get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once youve applied online to switch to or extend in any of the following temporary work visas:

When you apply, youll be told if you can pay to get a faster decision.

Extend a Charity Worker visa

You should usually get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once youve applied online to extend a Charity Worker visa.

You may be able to pay to get a faster decision - youll be told if you can when you apply.

Extend a Religious Worker visa

You should usually get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once youve applied online to extend a Religious Worker visa.

You may be able to pay to get a faster decision - youll be told if you can when you apply.

Extend a Standard Visitor visa

You should usually get a decision within 8 weeks once once youve applied online to extend a visitor visa as a:

  • a patient receiving medical treatment
  • an academic and you still meet the eligibility requirements
  • a graduate doing a clinical attachment or retaking the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) test

When you apply, youll be told if you can pay to get a faster decision.

Commonwealth citizens

Extend an Ancestry visa

You should usually get a decision on your visa within 8 weeks once youve applied online to extend a UK Ancestry visa.

When you apply, youll be told if you can pay to get a faster decision.

Windrush Scheme

If youre applying under the Windrush Scheme read the guidance and the latest correspondence on the work of the Home Office in relatio

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