Step 3: Initial Processing Times


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The Pretoria division of the department of UK Visas and Immigration has a team of Entry Clearance Officials that deal with visa applications lodged within southern Africa region. Their decision making system is efficient and reliable.

Attached below is an annual average of the broad categories of visas (standard processing times):


VISA PROCESSING IN SOUTH AFRICA

TLS Availability: specifies the chances of a being delayed in securing an appointment.
Move Up Capacity: specifies the availability of Move Up to take on more cases (or not).
UKVI Difficulty: specifies the risk of refusal.

Please note that all three graphs work on an overall average of the UK visa process in South Africa. More specific processing times, based upon the time that it takes from when the application was submitted at TLS is detailed below:


VISA CATEGORY BREAKDOWN

Visitor – Business or Tourism.

UKVI processing times from the date of submission is a standard 15 working days (3 weeks).

For an additional £150 per applicant, these applications can be “fast tracked” to be processed within 5 working days (1 week).

Transit – Short stop over.

UKVI processing times from the date of submission is a standard 10 working days (2 weeks).

 

Birth Rights – UK born relatives.

UKVI processing times from the date of submission is a standard 15 working days (3 weeks).

 

Student– Full time studies.

UKVI processing times from the date of submission is a standard 15 working days (3 weeks).

 

Family Dependency– Immediate family members.

UKVI processing times from the date of submission is a standard 60 working days (12 weeks).

For an additional £450 per applicant, these applications can be “fast tracked” to be processed within 15 working days (3 weeks).

 

Highly Valued Migrants– Investors and Entrepreneurs.

UKVI processing times from the date of submission is a standard 15 working days (3 weeks).

Skilled Migrants– UK Work Permit.

UKVI processing times from the date of submission is a standard 15 working days (3 weeks).

Temporary Work– Charity and Religious Workers.

UKVI processing times from the date of submission is a standard 15 working days (3 weeks).


FURTHER CONFIRMATION

More detailed processing times can be found here: UKVI Processing Times.


The next step is to address the expected cost of the visa. The next step is the last step in determining travel feasibility.

Once applicants are aware of which UK visa they need, that their travel documents are in order, that there is sufficient time available to get the visa awarded and that they are willing to accept the applicable costs, the applicant can conclude that their prospective travel to the UK is feasible.

The next step (Step 4 of 12) is: UK Visa Fees.


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Contact Move Up

If you have any further visa related questions, call +27(0) 21 761 4608 now.

Alternatively email info@moveup.co.za for general visa inquiries.