03 November 2010

50 business days!? FFS!

Just received:

Dear Applicant;

We have received your application at the UK Border Agency in Los Angeles and it is currently being processed.

Please note UK Border Agency service standards for all applications are: to complete 90 per cent of visa applications (except settlement categories) in not more than three weeks, 98 per cent in six weeks and 100 per cent in 12 weeks.

The current estimated processing time in Los Angeles for UK visa applications (except settlement applications) is 5 - 15 working days plus return mail time, however in certain cases it is necessary to make additional enquiries on an application which will extend the processing time.
The current estimated processing time in Los Angeles for UK settlement applications is 50 business days from the date of this email.

You will receive a further e-mail advising you of the outcome of your application in due course. This e-mail will also provide you with the UPS tracking details of your return package.

The UK Border Agency strongly recommends that you do not purchase flights or make other travel arrangements until you have been granted any requisite visas and physically received your passport.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Los Angeles Visa Section is unable to respond to status enquiries.  Further information on UK visa services is available at www.visainfoservices.com

Once you have received your package back from us we would be grateful if you would complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey at: http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/features/survey


UK Border Agency, Los Angeles

That's 10 weeks for anyone that is counting.  We plan on leaving the 2nd-3rd week of January.  That's cutting it pretty damn close if you ask me.


  1. Oooh, I remember this malarky. I cut a few applications close too. You'll be fine*. Probably.

    *I don't work for the UKBA, you may well be screwed, what do I know?

  2. Fingers crossed you get it back in time!

  3. Kim - Thanks! Cross your toes too, just in case.

    VW - Thanks for the um, words of encouragement? Personally I just enjoyed the fact you used malarkey in a sentence.