Your UK visa application has been issued.


You will be contacted by the Visa Application Centre when your documents are ready for collection, or have been dispatched via courier where this is relevant.

You are reminded that you should avoid making travel plans until you have collected your passport, as the outcome of your visa application is not final until you receive your passport.

Please ensure you check the details on your visa when collecting your passport. If you need to contact us you can do so via our International Enquiry Service at www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk

Kind regards,

UK Visas and Immigration
British Embassy Abu Dhabi

Your UK visa application has been issued.

I know words like processed, forwarded, received, refused but never heard anything like that, so I am confused.

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    What part of it don't you understand? Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 16:59
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    In this case, I actually think the word issue may have been used by mistake: more often the statement says something like assessed and a decision has been made or... and a visa has been issued. Either way, @AyaanMustafa, you'll have to wait until you get your passport.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 19:36
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    @DJClayworth Sorry. I'm a native speaker and I still have no clue what "Your visa application has been issued" is supposed to mean. Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 19:50
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    @DJClayworth I don't know what it means either. I know what it means to issue a visa or issue a decision, but I don't know what issuing an application is supposed to mean in this context. Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 23:01
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    @DJClayworth "To 'issue' something is to 'to produce or provide something official'": but an application is produced by an official body only in its blank form. To say that the visa office has issued an application after the applicant has submitted it is just confusing.
    – phoog
    Commented Nov 25, 2018 at 15:31

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It means that the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi has processed your application and dispatched it to the Visa Application Centre (VAC) where you submitted your passport. Once the VAC has received your passport, they will contact you about collecting it (or courier it to you, if you have availed this service). They have reminded you not to make any travel plans because they don't advise the outcome of your application by email: you will have to open the sealed envelope to ascertain if your application was successful.

  • and also because it may take some time for the documents to arrive and they can't know in advance how long that will be.
    – jwenting
    Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 5:02

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