Current UK fiancée and marriage visa processing times

Published: 28/06/2010

One of the most frequently asked questions our clients ask is “How long does it normally take to obtain a UK settlement visa?” We are pleased to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the current processing times for fiancée, partner and marriage visa applications at some UK visa-issuing posts that our office deals with on a regular basis.

The average processing time for UK fiancée, partner and marriage visa

May – June 2010

British Consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan: 5 – 7 weeks

British Consulate in Tashkent, Uzbekistan: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Kiev, Ukraine: 8 – 10 weeks

British Consulate in Minsk, Belarus: 2 – 3 months

British Consulate in Moscow, Russia:  6 – 8 weeks

British Consulate in Guangzhou, China: 10 – 12 weeks

British Consulate in Beijing, China: 4 – 8 weeks

British Consulate in Shanghai, China: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Rangoon, Myanmar: 1 – 2 weeks

British Consulate in Nairobi, Kenya:  3 – 4 weeks

British Consulate in Manila, Philippines: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 1 – 2 weeks

British Consulate in Bangkok, Thailand: 8 – 10 weeks

British Consulate in Jakarta, Indonesia: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in New Delhi, India: 8 – 12 weeks

British Consulate in Rio, Brazil: 3 – 5 business days

British Consulate in Bogotá, Colombia: 2 – 4 weeks

British Consulate in Kingston, Jamaica: 6 – 8 weeks

British Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey: 6 – 8 weeks

British Consulate in Pretoria, South Africa: 5 – 10 business days

British Consulate in Abu Dhabi, UAE:  2 – 4 weeks

British Consulate in Cairo, Egypt:  2 – 4 months

British Consulate in New York, USA: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Chicago, USA: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Los Angeles, USA: 8 – 10 weeks

British Consulate in Canberra, Australia: 8 – 12 weeks

British Consulate in Ottawa, Canada: 2 – 4 weeks

Please note that the processing times above are provided as an indication only and are subject to change. Complex cases may take the immigration authorities longer to bring to resolution and visa issuance. Many factors, such as the need for additional processing or request to appear for an interview, may influence the time it takes to obtain a visa. You should not make any irrevocable arrangements, such as purchasing non-refundable tickets, selling your property, or quitting your job, until after your settlement visa is approved and issued to you.

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