Current UK Home Office Processing Times

List of the latest service standards for visas and work permits by the UK Home Office, including HSMP and in country FLR applications….

Announcement from Work Permits (UK)

CURRENT PERFORMANCE

On 1 April 2005 we introduced new service standards for all schemes managed by WP(UK) which now measure the end-to-end process for applications and include the time taken to process payments.

We are currently collating the relevant data regarding our performance against the new service standards for applications made since 1 April 2005.

The following information sets out those service standards and where available, the approximate timescales for deciding applications. We will regularly update information about current time-scales. Current projections indicate that our performance across all workstreams is meeting the new service standards.

Work Permits and SBS

Service Standard: 70% of new applications to be decided within one week of receipt at our payment handling service and 90% within 3 weeks.

Current Performance

. May Performance June Performance
% of applications decided within 1 week 75% 75%
% of applications decided within 3 weeks 92% Awaiting data

If we need to make further checks or seek additional information, your application is more likely to fall into the category that can take up to 3 weeks or even longer.

Limited Leave to Remain

Service Standard: 70% of new applications to be decided within 4 weeks of receipt at our payment handling service and 90% within 9 weeks.

Current Performance

. April performance May performance
% of applicants decided within 4 weeks 78% 83%
% of applications decided within 9 weeks 96% Awaiting data

If we need to make further checks or seek additional information, your application is more likely to fall into the category that can take up to 9 weeks or even longer.

HSMP – UK Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

Service Standard: 50% of new applications to be decided within 5 weeks of receipt at our payment handling service and 90% within 14 weeks.

Current Performance

. April Performance
% of applications devided within 5 weeks 60%
% of applications decided within 14 weeks Awaiting data

If we need to make further checks or seek additional information, your application is more likely to fall into the category that can take up to 14 weeks or even longer.

We are also reducing the number of older HSMP cases as quickly as possible. The oldest applications now being processed were made in the week commencing 20 July 2004.

WRS – Worker Registration Scheme

Service Standard: 70% of new applications to be decided within 2 weeks of receipt at our payment handling service and 90% within 4 weeks.

Current Performance

. April Performance
% of applications decided within 2 weeks 75%
% of applications decided within 4 weeks 94%

If we need to make further checks or seek additional information, your application is more likely to fall into the category that can take up to 4 weeks or even longer.