Kenyan visitors to the UK urged to apply for visa in “good time”

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The UK High Commission has advised Kenyans planning to travel to the UK to apply for their visa in “good time” due to the South African based service currently “experiencing high volumes of applications”.

The advice in full reads:

Customers applying for a UK visa in South Africa should please take note that UK Visas & Immigration is currently experiencing peak demand volumes.

UK Visas & Immigration’s global service standard for visit and short-term visa applications is 15 working days from submission of your application and biometric data at the Visa Application Centre. We encourage all applicants to remember this when planning their travel to the UK, and to ensure they apply for a visa in good time.

Did you know that you can apply for a visa to visit the UK up to 3 months in advance? So why wait? Apply early to beat the peak and avoid unnecessary inconvenience.

Unplanned travel at short notice?

We recognise that some customers will need to apply for a UK visa at short notice, and that unplanned travel is sometimes unavoidable. Please consider your intended travel date when making your visa application and plan to include a minimum of 15 working days for your visa application to be processed.

If you know you need to travel sooner, or want to have your application placed at the front of the queue for processing, you should consider purchasing one of UKVI’s Priority Visa services when you apply. A number of added value services, to enhance speed of processing and customer experience, are available to customers applying in all Visa Application Centres in South Africa. Find more information on added value services.

Important note!

We urge all customers to consider their travel date when they make their visa application. UKVI’s Priority Visa services are available to purchase when you make your online application, and may also be purchased on arrival at the Visa Application Centre before you submit your biometric data.

Please note that it is not possible to purchase a Priority Visa service retrospectively, or to fast-track a visa decision on a standard application once your application has been submitted.

We take this opportunity to remind applicants that UKVI does not require a flight booking or tickets to be submitted with a visa application. Our online guidance clearly advises customers not to make payments or travel reservations until a visa decision has been received.