The length of time it takes to get a Skilled Worker Visa can vary depending on the embassies workload, as a general rule we advise applying as soon as possible because of this. The average time to get a Skilled Worker Visa is roughly 2-3 months from start to finish as it requires you to book and attend a face to face interview to submit biometrics, then from there the visa will have to be processed.

Processing time for a Skilled Worker Visa

The processing time for a UK Skilled Worker visa is currently around 3 weeks for applications made outside the UK and 8 weeks for applications made inside the UK. However, this is just an average processing time and the actual processing time may vary depending on a number of factors, such as the complexity of your application, the workload of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) office, and whether you have applied for a priority service. Below are the average processing time for each form of priority.

  • Ordinary processing takes 2 to 8 weeks.
  • Priority processing takes 5 working days.
  • Super priority processing takes 24 hours. 

The interview

Booking an appointment is where the length of time is least predictable as this is entirely down to the embassies availability, generally you should get an appointment within a month of applying but this is completely dependent on the embassy; if they are receiving a lot of applications you can be waiting for longer.

What can cause delays with the processing of a Skilled Worker Visa?

There are a number of factors that can cause delays with the processing of a Skilled Worker Visa, including:

  • Incomplete or inaccurate applications. If your application is incomplete or inaccurate, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will need to request additional information from you, which can delay the processing time.
  • Complex applications. Applications that are more complex, such as those that involve multiple sponsors or dependents, may take longer to process.
  • High volume of applications. During peak periods, the UKVI may receive a high volume of applications, which can lead to delays in processing times.
  • External checks. The UKVI may need to conduct external checks on your application, such as with your employer, bank, or educational institution. These checks can also delay the processing time.
  • Technical issues. Sometimes, technical issues can delay the processing of applications. For example, if there is a problem with the UKVI’s computer system, applications may be delayed.

People also asked

Can I buy a house on a Skilled Worker Visa?

Yes you can buy a house in the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa, you can even get a mortgage on a house in the UK while on a Skilled Worker Visa.

Do I have to attend an interview for a Skilled Worker Visa?

You are required to attend a face to face interview to lodge biometrics for all UK Visas

Can you be rejected for a Skilled Worker Visa?

Yes, you can be rejected for a UK Skilled Worker Visa. The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will refuse your application if you do not meet all of the eligibility requirements or if you have provided false or misleading information.

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