I attended an interview with an ECO on October 4 at VFS Islamabad. She said that she'd make a decision the same day and I got the email too. However, I have yet to be contacted by the VFS to collect my passport. How long does it usually take? I have to go away for a week for a reporting assignment (I'm a journalist) so being a little anxious.

  • The decision was made on October 4 and I collected the passport on the 16th working day. – Umer Ali Oct 10 '16 at 6:59

Today is 7 October and you had your interview on 4 October. That means a full two days have passed, it's not enough time.

The processing time for the British mission at Islamabad is shown in this screen capture...

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Source: https://visa-processingtimes.homeoffice.gov.uk/y/islamabad-pakistan/visits-visas/general-visit-6-months-or-less

So with a fair wind you should have something back by next Thursday, 13 October.
And they guarantee you'll hear from them by 4 November.

  • They guarantee nothing: "actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors." – phoog Oct 7 '16 at 13:35
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    @phoog You'll hear back from them before they overrun their target. It usually takes the form of an advisory email that processing is taking longer than usual. – Gayot Fow Oct 7 '16 at 13:50
  • Actually, I applied on September 19 and was called for an interview on October 4. An email regarding the decision was received the same day. What I wanted to ask was, how long does it take the passport to reach the VFS after a decision has been made? – Umer Ali Oct 7 '16 at 14:16
  • @UmerAli what did the email say? – Gayot Fow Oct 7 '16 at 14:17
  • Something like "Your visa application has been processed and the decision is made and it will be with you in the next few days." – Umer Ali Oct 7 '16 at 14:18

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