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The Home Office have confirmed that, as of 12 March 2022, overseas ‘priority’ and ‘super priority’ visa services have been temporarily suspended for all new study, work and family visa applications in order to prioritise processing applications under the Ukraine Family Scheme. The suspension will only apply to applications being made from outside the UK.
This will affect many individuals, as well as UK businesses that have an urgent need to bring employees into the UK from overseas. Whilst the suspension is in place, standard processing times will apply, which can be anything from 3-12 weeks, or even longer, depending on the visa category. Standard visitor visas are taking an average of six weeks to be processed.
Please contact Ashfords’ Immigration Team for more information.