I am an American citizen but don't live in the USA. I will likely have to fly to the USA for my bio metrics, send the visa then wait for its return. How long does it take to process the visa without paying the "premium" VFS service fees? I am trying to do this as inexpensively as possible. Is there a better way to do this? So far, it will cost me the return flight, accommodation while I sit and wait and however many vacation days to sit around and wait for my passport. Does this seem accurate?

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    Why do you think you’ll have to fly to the USA for your biometric appointment? Where are you planning to apply from? – Traveller Jan 31 '19 at 20:46
  • Where do you live? Can you apply for the visa there? – Zach Lipton Jan 31 '19 at 20:56
  • I live in Belize and they do not have a visa application center here. The closest are Panama, Mexico, Colombia or USA. – user91509 Jan 31 '19 at 20:57

According to https://www.gov.uk/marriage-visa the typical timescale for a decision is 3 weeks.

  • I am wondering if anyone has any personal experience with this and has gone through the process before - does it normally take as long as the typical timescale? – user91509 Feb 4 '19 at 13:47

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