Current UK fiancee and spouse visa approval times

Published: 04/05/2009

One of the most frequently asked questions our clients ask about the UK settlement visa application process is “How long does it typically take to obtain a visa?” We are pleased to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the current processing times. The table shown below represents cases that have been approved within the last two months.

Average Processing Times for UK fiancée and marriage visas
MARCH / APRIL 2009

British Consulate in Kiev, Ukraine: 3 – 6 business days
British Consulate in Moscow, Russia: 4 – 6 weeks
British Consulate in Jakarta, Indonesia: 5 – 10 business days
British Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey: 2 – 3 weeks
British Consulate in New Delhi, India: 4 – 8 weeks
British Consulate in Manila, Philippines: 10 – 12 weeks
British Consulate in Bangkok, Thailand: 2 – 4 weeks
British Consulate in Rio, Brasil: 1 – 2 business days
British Consulate in Guangzhou, China: 4 – 6 weeks
British Consulate in Beijing, China: 3 – 5 weeks
British Consulate in Shanghai, China: 3 – 5 weeks
British Consulate in New York, USA: 5 – 10 business days
British Consulate in Chicago, USA: 2 – 4 weeks
British Consulate in Los Angeles, USA: 6 – 8 weeks
British Consulate in Canberra, Australia: 8 – 10 weeks
British Consulate in Ottawa, Canada: 1 – 2 weeks

Please bear in mind that processing times are subject to change. Non-straightforward fiancée and marriage visa applications can take the Consulate longer to bring to resolution and visa issuance. Many factors, such as the need for additional administrative processing and 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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