I have to apply for a Tier 4 visa (UK) from Pakistan. The program start date on my CAS letter is July 17th 2018. Because of some reason I will submit the visa application on 1st July.

Will I get the visa decision from the consulate in 2 weeks, or can I apply for a UK visa two weeks before the travel date?

  • Apply for priority processing and 2 weeks are more than enough for that. – Hanky Panky Jun 14 '18 at 6:13
  • Thank you for the reply. Will I have to pay additional charges with the visa fee for priority processing? – visitor-pk Jun 14 '18 at 6:31
  • I'm sorry I just noticed that this is not available for your case. The Priority Visa service is currently not available to customers applying for a work or study visa in any Points Based System (PBS) category, including Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 visas. vfsglobal.co.uk/pakistan/user_pay_services.html#4 – Hanky Panky Jun 14 '18 at 6:52
  • My university advisory replied me that I may need to apply for a fast track visa service. But I think no such option is there in the online application system – visitor-pk Jun 14 '18 at 7:34
  • Moreover on my CAS letter the mentioned start date is 17th July 2018. But there is another date mentioned too That is registration date: 23 July 2018 – visitor-pk Jun 14 '18 at 7:35

Tier 4 (General) student visa

You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. You can check visa processing times for your country.

The processing times search for Karachi for Points Based System Visas suggests a minimum time of 5 days, but only for a small percent of the applications. The vast majority take 10-15 days.

Note: the processing times tool is in beta and, while the Tier 4 guidance links to it, the only PBS option is Tier 2. Karachi was selected as an example; Lahore and Mirpur can also be chosen.

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