UK Visas & Immigration has released an important message for all South Africans wanting to apply for a UK visa.
Your bags may be packed, but you might not be ready to go
All South Africans applying or wanting to apply for a UK visa need to take note that UKVI is currently experiencing extremely high volumes of applications. As a result, the standard turnaround of 15 days for visitor and short-term visa applications can no longer be taken as a given.
The period from submission of application and biometric data at the Visa Application Centre to the final issuing of your visa is now expected to be considerably longer. As such, UKVI has asked that all visa applicants apply for their visas as early as possible to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and disappointment.
Be aware and be prepared
You need to ensure that you apply for your visa well in advance and make sure that any travel plans you make take the delays currently being experienced at UKVI into account.
Top tip: You can apply for your visa up to three months in advance, meaning you don’t have to do everything at the last minute and can thus avoid unnecessary inconvenience.
Understandably, there are times when travel is unplanned and visas are applied for last minute. In which case, you may want to make use of the UKVI Priority Visa services when making your application.
Get your application right the first time
Avoid unnecessary delays by getting your visa application right the first time. Bureaucracy and changing legislation have made UK visa applications complex. The best way to ensure your application is 100% correct is to go through an immigration expert.