Visas: Applications:Written question - 129977

Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 27 February 2018
Home Office
Visas: Applications
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2018 to Question 123573, if she will direct UK Visas and Immigration to introduce set standards for the judging of visa applications as complex by caseworkers.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 05 March 2018

There are no plans to set standards for judging visa applications as complex at this time.

Visa applications are considered to be complex when an Entry Clearance Officer determines that additional information is required in order for a decision to be made. This usually means that the applications will take longer to process than the standard timescales.

In such circumstances UKVI will write to the customer within the standard processing time and explain what will happen next

The published information on processing times for visa applications is published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at

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