Current UK fiancee and spouse visa processing times

Published: 01/09/2009

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

August / September 2009

British Consulate in New York, USA: 3 – 5 weeks

British Consulate in Chicago, USA: 3 – 4 weeks

British Consulate in Los Angeles, USA: 10 – 12 weeks

British Consulate in Canberra, Australia: 8 – 10 weeks

British Consulate in Moscow, Russia: 3 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Kiev, Ukraine: 4 – 5 weeks

British Consulate in Manila, Philippines: 10 – 12 weeks

British Consulate in Bangkok, Thailand: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Jakarta, Indonesia: 2 – 4 weeks

British Consulate in New Delhi, India: 8 – 10 weeks

British Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Pretoria, South Africa: 2 – 3 weeks

British Consulate in Ottawa, Canada: 2 – 3 weeks

British Consulate in Rio, Brasil: 1 – 2 weeks

British Consulate in Guangzhou, China: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Beijing, China: 4 – 8 weeks

British Consulate in Shanghai, China: 4 – 6 weeks

British Consulate in Tokyo, Japan: 2 – 3 weeks

Please note that processing times are subject to change. Complex cases can 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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