The United Kingdom has announced changes to the visa application process for Kenyans planning to visit the country. Kenyans will now wait three weeks, down from six months.
Jane Marriott, the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Kenya, said the three weeks waiting duration also includes persons applying for a visa to travel through the UK on their way to another country.
This applies to Kenyans applying for visas to visit the UK for a holiday or to see family or friends, to make a business trip or meeting, to get married or to study for six months or less will no longer have to wait for six weeks to know whether their visas have been approved or denied.
“I’m pleased we’re now at normal customer service standards – a decision should take just three weeks, with faster priority services available,” Marriott stated.
Six months ago, I promised we would get our visa service for 🇰🇪 travelling to 🇬🇧 back on track.
I’m pleased we’re now at normal customer service standards – a decision should take just three weeks, with faster priority services available.
— Jane Marriott (@JaneMarriottUK) January 25, 2023
According to the UK Commissioner, priority services will get a faster decision. A decision will be made within five working days of an appointment at the visa application centre.
For super priority service, the visa will be ready to be collected by the end of the next working day from when one provides their biometric information.
“There will be an additional cost for this service,” she states.
Those seeking a UK visa to join their family in the UK will have a longer waiting duration of 24 weeks to get a decision after attending an appointment at the visa application centre.
“If you are applying as the dependent of another applicant, you will get your decision at the same time,” it adds.