UK Visa applications delayed due to Covid19 pandemic

This information is for UK visa applicants outside the UK whose visa application has been delayed because of the Covid19 pandemic

If you have made an application from outside the UK for a UK visa, it is very likely that your application is now on hold and delayed due to the Covid19 (coronavirus) Pandemic. Most UK visa centres around the world are now closed and will not be reopening until the ‘lockdown’ is eased.

Naturally you will be concerned about your pending application. The Home Office (UKVI) has announced that all pending visa applications will eventually be considered once the visa processing offices return to work. They have also confirmed that no applicant will be prejudiced because of this delay.

If you’re outside the UK

All UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed. For updates to the status of VACs in your country, contact:

  • TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
  • VFS global for all other countries

In some areas UKVI cannot send visa vignettes across borders and routes due to restrictions.

If you have an appointment and the VAC is now closed, you’ll be contacted and told your appointment will not take place.

English Testing Centres are also affected. Visit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)’s website or contact your test centre for more information.

Getting your documents

Due to worldwide border, travel and public health restrictions it may not be possible to return your passport at this time.

If you have submitted your passport and would like it returned, you must contact the visa application centre where you logged your application to see if courier return is available in your location.  

If you are applying for a Global Talent, Start-up or Innovator visa

If your endorsement from an endorsing body has expired because you have not been able to travel to the UK you may still be eligible for a visa. You should make your application as planned and we will consider all applications on a case by case basis.