While the UK immigration system strives for efficiency, Home Office delays do occasionally occur. These delays can arise due to a multitude of reasons, such as an increase in application volumes, complex case reviews or unforeseen administrative issues. Here are our 3 top tips on how to chase a delayed UK visa application.
1. Contact the Home Office directly
You can contact the Home Office directly to understand the status of your application. Details on contacting the Home Office can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk.
2. Submit a complaint
If your application has been pending for too long and the time frame has already expired, the next step will be to submit a complaint to UKVI using the online complaint form (https://www.gov.uk/complain-uk-visas-immigration), by contacting them directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post, addressed to the complaints allocation hub. Investigating your complaint can take up to 20 working days.
3. “Your application has not been straightforward”
When UKVI use the term “not straightforward”, it may mean that your application requires additional scrutiny and consideration. This can be due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to:
- The need to verify your supporting documents;
- A request to attend an interview;
- Your personal circumstances (for example, if you have a criminal conviction or a history of immigration violations).
If your application is deemed not to be straightforward, this does not necessarily mean that it will be refused. What it does mean is that you should expect longer processing times than published, and be prepared to provide additional documentation or to attend an interview to clarify any questions or concerns UKVI may have about your application.
You can reduce the chances of falling into this category by providing clear and comprehensive documentation, and addressing any concerns that UKVI may have about your application from the outset.
How Gherson can assist
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