UK Visa delays 2021: What to do next?

While the quantitative details might vary in the coming weeks thanks to brexit and Covid -19, the broad steps a person must take should they be facing a UK Visa delay in 2021 remains the same as the steps highlighted in the SmartMove2UK blog published below on the 3rd of October 2018.

We have a list of possible reasons for these delays in UK visa processing in 2021. If you feel that your application could be delayed due to one (or more) of the reasons mentioned, then it would help you take the necessary course of action. Even if that means just waiting patiently, which could very well be the case.

But before we get to that, here’s a quick checklist of what you should do next if you are facing an unusually long wait in hearing back from the Home Office regarding your UK Visa.

Steps you can take if you face a UK Visa delay 2021:

Paid Service Inquiry

You may contact the UKVI (United Kingdom Visas and Immigration) directly, provide them with your details, and ask them what is causing the delay. This is the most effective course of action, as the chances are highest for you to understand why your application is taking so long. There is a good chance that a talk with the UKVI should put your concerns to rest. And if not, at least you’ll know it. However, like all good things, the paid service inquiry isn’t free. Sitel UK is the new commercial partner to the Home Office responsible for service inquiries, and any email or phone call to Sitel will be chargeable. (An email to Sitel will cost you £5.48)

Contact an MP

If you are already residing in the UK on a valid visa, but are waiting for a response on your extension application, or if you are waiting for a Spouse Visa application response, you may contact the local Member of UK Parliament of the area of your residence (or your British Spouse’s residence). MPs in the UK are a great source for tackling any grievances regarding immigration related issues, or other things. You should have a clear picture of why your application is taking so long if you have a chat with an MP.

Judicial Review

While the Judicial Review is used to review any decisions made by the Home Office regarding certain visa applications, you may also call for a Judicial Review if you feel that a due process is not followed. An unspecified delay in a response for your UK Visa application may be a case of not following the due process for the same. Therefore, you may file for a Judicial Review in certain cases of prolonged delay in reciprocation by the Home Office. See next point for more information on the same.

Consult a professional

If you believe that your application is taking longer than required, with no justifiable reason for the same, you may of course choose to follow any one of the above listed options. However, in order to be absolutely sure that you not only choose the right option, but also go about the option in the right way, it’s always best to rely on guidance from people who are well versed in immigration matters and law of the UK. In other words, consult a professional immigration consultancy or a UK immigration law firm, in order to have an authority’s opinion on the matter. This could end up saving you a lot of unnecessary procedures and other hassles.

Why UK visa getting delayed 2021?

- General Question
Due to the nationwide lockdown and local restrictions amongst various parts of the world, the processing of UK visa applications have been severely affected. There are backlogs of cases even from 2020 which are yet to be concluded and which delays the current processing timelines for new applications.

Before following through with any of the options listed however, it is important to have a look at some general reasons why your UK Visa application may be taking longer than expected.

We recommend that you have a look at the list below, to have a better understanding of why your particular application may be caught up:

1) Improper paperwork:

The documentation that you submit must be complete, and well organized. Any trouble for your assessing officer in finding the relevant information in order to process an application, could potentially lead to major delays in your visa application.

2) Non-Payment of fees:

We are not saying that you have deliberately not paid for the application. However, it is possible that you inadvertently may have left out paying certain fees. Please ensure that this is not the case. If you do feel you may have not paid all the fees you were required to, you may consult a professional immigration advisor who would guide you on the same.

3) Verification of information:

Depending on the type of visa application you fall under, the assessing officer might have to contact various departments in order to ensure that the information you have provided is verifiable. This process may take longer than you might think.

Be smart, and empower yourself with the required knowledge of UK visas and immigration procedures. The best way to tackle issues like these are to stay up to date with the latest happenings.

We at The SmartMove2UK strive to provide anyone who requires with the right information on the subject of UK immigration law. However, we understand that the information may be too much and a little overwhelming for some. Especially when your application is delayed and your mind is already under tremendous pressure.

In cases like these, make the smart decision and get professional help. Our attorneys at The SmartMove2UK would be more than adequate to guide you in the right direction.

Why UK visa getting delayed 2021?

- General Question
Due to the nationwide lockdown and local restrictions amongst various parts of the world, the processing of UK visa applications have been severely affected. There are backlogs of cases even from 2020 which are yet to be concluded and which delays the current processing timelines for new applications.

Interesting Note to keep in mind regarding these Delays:

Most of the time delays seem to be from specific countries with a history of immigration abuse. If you look at statistics from India, there seem to be a lower chance of severe delays. This implies that if your application from India has been taking longer than you expected, it’s probably because of one of the reasons mentioned above that you can fix.

This can be evidenced by the processing times data for UK Tourist visa applications from various locations across the world below:

Visa processing times are important to every visa applicant. It gives them a perspective on when a decision on their visa application is likely to be made. The UKVI publishes a guide to visa processing times for the various categories of visas and depending on the decision making, the processing times can vary. Here is a list of 12 global locations and their respective decision-making time periods based on Home Office data.

Processing Time of UK Tourist Visa, August 2019

Average UK Tourist Visa Processing Time

Here at SmartMove2UK (a unit of Smart Move Immigration), we strive to provide our clients with the confidence and UK Visa process support through their entire immigration procedures to the UK. If you are thinking about planning for migrating to the UK then book an appointment with our UK Immigration experts.
We have our offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.

Our Director Mr. Hemang Laaheru explains 5 ways you can get the UK Home Office to expedite your visa process

I got an email from UK visa and immigration that your application is considered and awaiting for a decision what does this mean

- Question asked in a forum
It means that the UK Home Office has completed the checks on the application and are arriving at a decision.

Applied for UK visa before 15 working days but Visa is not yet received How long did I want to wait

- Question asked in a forum
It depends on the category of visa you applied and generally it varies form 3 to 12 weeks based on category. If in case it has surpassed specified timeline you can contact International UKVI Paid helpine and know the status of application.

How long is it taking to get UK visa these days it has been 21 working days now have not heard anything?

- Question asked in a forum
Normally, the processing time for non settlement visas is 15 working days. However, if there is a backlog of applications or if the caseworkers need to look for additional details in applications – there could be delays in getting the outcome.



UK Visa Consultants in Mumbai on Visa Refusal (Judicial Review)

Have you ever been refused a Visa to the UK, though you have met with all the requirements that are needed for a visa application? If you have, do you know what the next step is? If No then the answer to all your Queries lies with The Smartmove2Uk. Our UK Visa Consultants in Mumbai to help you solve all your doubts regarding the UK Visa Application and Refusal of Application.

When an Individual applies for a UK Visa with the hope that he will be granted a visa. But to his disappointment, he receives a refusal notice from the home office. In such a case what remedy does an Individual have ?. When a person receives a refusal letter of his visa application he has a right of appeal to the Home office and when his appeal is refused by the Home Office that is the home office does not change its decision, the Individual has the right to file for a Judicial Review to the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).

What is Judicial Review?

A judicial review is a type of legal challenge where an individual asks the High Court or Upper Tribunal to review the lawfulness of a decision, action or failure to act of a public body or government department. It can only be used where there is no avenue of appeal or where all avenues of appeal have been exhausted. It is different from the statutory appeal wherein the court decides on a case based on what it thinks is the ‘Correct Decision’. In this case, the court will only decide if the decision made by the Home Office was lawful.

Pre-Action Protocol (PAP)

The Pre-Action Protocol sets out a code of good practice and contains the steps which an Individual should generally follow before making a claim for Judicial Review (JR). The objective of the pre-action protocol is to avoid unnecessary litigation.

Normally a person who wishes to challenge a decision of the Home Office should write first to the department asking for the decision to be reviewed. This is called the Pre-Action Protocol (PAP). It is a mandatory Procedure that is to be followed by a person who wishes to apply for a Judicial Review. The purpose of this letter is to identify the issues in dispute and establish whether litigation with the Home Office can be avoided.

PAP letters and the responses to them should be carefully considered by the Home Office. This is a good opportunity to prevent judicial review proceedings being brought at all, either,

  • by re-making the decision in the applicant’s favour (where appropriate) or
  • by setting out clearly the reasons for maintaining the existing decision.

The Defendant (Home Office) should normally respond to the letter (PAP) within 14 days and if they fail to respond then a penalty may be imposed unless there are good reasons for not responding within that period.

An application for permission to apply for Judicial Review can be filed in the Upper Tribunal, if the Home Office does not respond to the pre-action protocol letter within 14 days or the Home Office responds within 14 days but maintains their decision to refuse the application.

The application for Judicial Review must be made within 3 months after the grounds on which the claim first arose.

Our UK Visa consultants in Mumbai are well versed in all matters dealing all types of applications. Contact our immigration solicitors to hold your hand through every stage of the application process.

Here at “The SmartMove2UK”, we believe in getting things right the first time itself. Book an initial consultation with our team of UK immigration experts to make sure that you don’t miss out on the minute details relating to Judicial Review.

Think UK Visa, Think The SmartMove2UK.

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