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Have a Travel Emergency?
If you have a travel emergency and need immediate assistance during the weekend or after regular business hours, please call our emergency number: (202) 345-4943. Please don't hesitate to call if you really need help right now - that's what we are here for!
The UK Consulate aims to operate a fast and effective visa service. Last year, over 90% of straightforward, non-settlement applications were resolved within 24 hours. If an interview is required, we aim to process non-settlement applications within 15 working days. If you are applying to settle in the UK, in most cases we aim to process your application within 12 weeks.
If you are not a British, European Economic Area (EEA), or Swiss national and you wish to settle permanently in the UK, you must qualify under the Immigration Rules, which can be found on the UK Border Agency website and must obtain a visa before you travel to the UK.
When an entry clearance officer cannot make a decision about whether you qualify for a visa immediately, you may be asked to attend an interview. We aim to do this within 15 working days. Always try to make your application well in advance of your intended travel date.
Please choose a category below to view commonly asked questions about UK visas:Visa and Immigration Problems