Applied for a UK visa about 3 weeks back. Looks like there is no means to check the status now. I still have 2 weeks for my travel, but any recent experience with the process? Paid email query useful?

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I’m shocked they charge for emails. When I looked at prices for UK visas a few years ago I decided it will be a cold day in hell before I travel there again. I love London as a city but it isn’t worth this. And there’s so much else to do and see in this world.

Awesome ATK1. I’m still waiting. VFS is painfully slow :(

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Update - got my passport back with visa!


If you’re waiting on your passports after the UKVI e-mail, try to send a note to VFS to push them. For all their ineptitude, they are fairly responsive. Mention your GWF reference numbers.


UK visa process is one of the most painful and archaic process. Either of the online or email enquiry system sucks and I did not find them useful. You could try and hope for a different experience. If you’re not able to go and have tickets for the India-England game, let me know. :)


My package just got picked up today. No delivery update yet. Fingers crossed.


Luckily I got my passport on 6/13. Visa was issued on 6/5.


What is paid email query?! Do they really charge you for emails??

They charge for email as well.

OP - could you please keep us posted? I applied two weeks back

Sure P2. I am painfully aware of the delays. This would be my 5th UK visa. Previously there was at least an acknowledgement of having received the documents and an online status check. Now they really want you to pay up for a $1000+ expedited process.

Looking for an email called “....despatched"

Yes. Nothing other than the despatched email throughout the process. Keep checking your return UPS after getting that email. Most most likely the email will come within 15 business days.

15 days is there cut off for escalation I believe. So if you are over 3 weeks , you can email them ( and pay for it). You are not going to receive any doc acknowledgement. Not sure if this is the same process everywhere , but I can guess why they would need paid emails in the US. Most from US don’t need visa , so they don’t need to maintain that service

My problem is the length of time they keep your passport. I had to wait 45 days a couple years ago to get my passport back. Add to it, the biometrics hassle. All in all, a pretty screwed up process 🙄. Thanks 🐠 for all the info!

OP - I’m in the same boat as you. It’s been 9 business days since I submitted my docs. No response yet. I need my passport back for work travel outside US but I’m stuck. Hoping to get a response in the next 2-3 days else planning to call them and check on Friday. Keep us posted.

Good us! I’ll post any developments. I intend to use the phone call option this Friday.

Just checking - where did you get your biometric done and submit your docs? New York for me.

Well, I declared victory too soon. Wife’s application still pending. I hope they don’t just mail my passport (assuming they mail it out soon). I only had one return envelope.

I did my bio on 5/17, mailed on 5/20, received by UKVI on 5/21, received Despatched email 6/6, picked up by UPS 6/12

ATK1 - I’ve heard it’s the VFS causing delays more than the UK visa office itself!

Sharing my experience. Got the despatched email but ups didn’t deliver. After a week I got concerned and called ups since the tracking showed delivered. Turns out ups had decided to deliver to a convenience store near my house! They delivered my passport to a convenience store and didn’t bother informing me to collect 🤦🏻‍♀️

Oh no! Thanks for sharing your experience ATK2. I’ve been tracking the package on UPS

Omg! Is there anything that can go right with this process? Can’t wait for that naturalization process I’ve been putting off for a while. Applying for visas has been the bane of my existence.

Has anybody’s passport been mailed back yet?

Nope. Still waiting.

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