The IAS Visa Wizard is the easy way to find the correct visa for you
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When individuals submit their UK visa application to the Home Office, one of the most frustrating parts is the waiting time. A quick search online for the processing times for your particular visa will bring back very frustrating search results. Reports from other applicants will vary, from those saying they received confirmation in a matter of weeks to those dreadful reports of visa applications taking months and months. The good news is that the government has been quietly trialling a new system to help you track your UK visa status.
By visiting this link you will be able to input your reference number and get an update on the status of your visa. In order to be able to track your UK visa status, you will need to have one of the following numbers to hand:
Once you have located one of these numbers, you can use this information to track your UK visa status.
If you have used any of the following forms, you may be able to get a decision on your visa within 5 working days. This service only applies to the following visas:
You will need to download and fill in these request and payment forms from the Home Office. Only the first 5 requests received each day between 8 am and midday between Monday and Thursday are accepted. The cost for this service if £490 per person, in addition to the main application fee.