5-week processing time for UK student visa, reports British High Commission

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5-week processing time for UK student visa

In a tweet sent out by the British High Commission, it has implored international students to apply earlier than usual this year for UK visas. While the processing time for the UK visa is generally 3 weeks, in the current scenario, it has extended to 5 weeks and more. So, the High Commission suggests the students apply as early as possible.

Indian students are the largest group of international students in the UK and Indian professionals are the top nationality in the skilled worker category. After almost two years of a pause due to the COVID-19 situation, Indians are facing long delays in the visa process.

International students across the world are crowded by visa delays, including UK-bound students. The Embassies and visa application centres are unable to deal with the volume of visa applications. This is resulting in long visa delays for the UK, Europe, and the US.

As per a May 17, 2022 tweet by UK in India, “UKVI continues to prioritise Ukraine Visa Scheme applications in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine, so applications for study, work and family visas are taking longer to process.”

A spokesperson on behalf of the British High Commission apologised and assured the Indian students waiting for the student visas that they are working on reducing the processing time on an urgent basis. 

While talking to The Mint, he also said that the delays are due to the visa processing system facing “enormous pressure” and their priority to process visas for Ukrainian citizens.

“That means we’ve had to pause our priority and super-priority visa processing systems. So, it’s really, really imperative that you get your paperwork together as soon as possible and you apply as early as you can,” he added.

For now, students are advised to compile all the other papers during the wait for the visas. It will be wise to collect the documents such as TB test results, exam results and CAS to speed up the visa application process till the visa process starts. 

The director of regulatory compliance at INTO University Partnerships Oli Selwood said, “The universities have started to get students enquiring about whether they can switch to online study because they’re worried they won’t be able to get their visas in time to start courses in person.”

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