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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:41   #1
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A friend of mine has a full scholarship from one of the top universities of UK for doing his PhD. He applied for his visa about a month ago. He is yet to hear from them. The website says those who have been to UK in the last five years would get it in 5 working days. In his case it's been a month. He just finished his post-grad from a UK university and hence qualifies for the 5 day thing.
This delay in getting UK visa is by now a famous thing and every one is talking about it.
Would other members share their or their friends' experiences? My friend was supposed to reach his university on October 3rd. He is still sitting idle at home and biting his nails.
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Very surprising since the UK is supposed to be far more efficient that the US. Is it because of the need for fingerprinting?
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No clue. Since March they have started point based visa system and that is creating the delay, apparently. Last time he got it in three working days. And the worst part is there is no system of enquiry. He can't find out the status of his application either. The website just says "processing", for the last one month.
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I work in a UK based org and lately all our Work visa's are getting delayed as well. there's nothing one can do in my opinion.
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UK student visas used to take anywhere between 24 - 48 hours until only last year. In 2009 however, the turnaround time is anywhere from 4 working days to 60 days. No response, no accountability, no support. All the student can do is wait (frustratingly). Reason? Move to an all new office in the BKC complex hasn't been all that smooth, fresh (pointless) verification procedures, ever changing rules (they really can't decide) and lack of co-ordination.

The US student visa system is amongst the most efficient. Takes a little time and luck to procure an appointment during the busy period, but once you get that appointment online, it takes only a couple of hours to get your visa (from the time of personal interview)
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A friend of mine has a full scholarship from one of the top universities of UK for doing his PhD. He applied for his visa about a month ago. He is yet to hear from them. The website says those who have been to UK in the last five years would get it in 5 working days. In his case it's been a month. He just finished his post-grad from a UK university and hence qualifies for the 5 day thing.
This delay in getting UK visa is by now a famous thing and every one is talking about it.
Would other members share their or their friends' experiences? My friend was supposed to reach his university on October 3rd. He is still sitting idle at home and biting his nails.
A month is very unusual. Which British post has your friend applied to? He can contact them directly (bypassing VFS) and ask for the present status of his application. He can also send them a fax to get their attention.

An applicant has to prove that they will be able to study and maintain themselves in the UK without recourse to public funds. In the event that someone submits bank statements etc it's pretty simple to assess the person's ability to support himself / herself in the UK. It appears that in your friend's case the delay is because he has received a scholarship.
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Thanks for the responses guys. Fact of the matter is, UK has changed over to a point based visa system which is causing the worldwide delay in granting of visa. This has been done to apparently eliminate subjectivity in the system. No more visa interviews.
My friend had gone to the UK twice before - once as a tourist. He got the visa almost instantly after the interview. The second time as a post grad student. This time he got it in 3 working days.
Now he is going with a full scholarship from one of the top universities and it's already more than a month.
I find even Universities UK, which is a very powerful association of British universities is concerned about this. Here is a link to a newspaper report that quotes the vice chancellor of Exeter University who expresses his concern that this will seriously jeopardise financial situation of a number of universities, not to speak of the negative message that it sends about education in UK. UK universities earn four billion pounds annually from non-EU students as course fees. This is under threat now.

UK varsities concerned over delay in student visas

By the way, he has applied here in Calcutta. But VFS (who received the documents from him) told him it will be processed in Delhi. Regarding scholarship there is an unconditional offer letter from his university spelling out the amount, which is well above what one is required to show. In fact his university has already debited his first month's scholarship to his British bank account !!

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Fingerprinting is needed for the visitors visa..
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Biometrics is done at the time of application by VFS. It has got nothing to do with the delay.
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