How To Track Your UK Visa Status Online

The UK visa status can be easily checked or tracked online if one has his or her passport number or a visa reference number. Applicants who submit their visa applications to the respective Home Offices face a common issue of “long waiting time.” But at times, even a quick online search can return some frustrating results.

The reports vary from one applicant to the other, especially for the applicants who have received their confirmation within a few weeks. At times, this can even take months. Fortunately, the government has trailed an advanced system to help check the UK visa application status online. This is available on the official UK Government website.

How To Check For UK Visa Status Online

Here is a step-by-step guide for tracking the status of the UK visa online.

Step 1: Go to the link

Step 2: One will require any one of the following details handy:

  • Case ID or Case Identification Number: This information is available on all the letters that are received from the Home Office. It is an 8-digit number. However, if the case ID starts with the number zero, then it can be omitted. Type the numbers following zero in the status form.
  • Unique Application Number (UAN): This is a 16-digit number, which is available on all the emails and letters that an applicant receives from the Home Office.
  • Payment Reference Number (PRN): Once the payment is made, the applicant receives a Payment Reference Number, which can be used for tracking the visa application.
  • Biometric Resident Permit Number (BRPN): This information is a combination of numbers and letters, which is found on the biometric resident permit number.
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) Number: This number is received only when the applicant pays an NHS Immigration Health Surcharge Number at the time of application processing. It is a combination of letters and numbers of the format IHS013256748.

Step 3: With the help of the above details, an applicant can enter and track the status of his or her application.


  1. How to quicken the UK visa status?

    If an applicant has used the forms given below, he or she can obtain a decision for the UK visa within 4-5 working days.

    • SET (F)
    • SET (AF)
    • SET (M)
    • SET (LR)

    An applicant has to download and complete the requests as well as the payment forms at the Home Office. Make a note that only 5 requests are processed per day, which is accepted between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The fee for this speed service if 490 EUR per person including the application fee.

  2. Is there a facility to track the visa application through SMS for Indian applicants?

    The Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) are the most reputed and outsourcing partner for the British High Commission’s Visa Department. Conjointly they announced that have a feature to track UK visa application’s status via SMS.

    An applicant just has to send an SMS (Short Message Service) to the number – 7333 from his or her mobile phone. This service is available for all Indian network service providers both on CDMA and GSM platforms.

    The content of the message is as follows:

    VISA –space- UK – space- Your Passport Number.

  3. How to use a GWF number for tracking the UK visa application?

    While telephoning the UK service center or emailing them, give your GWF number. If you are wondering what a GWF number is, then know that it is a unique application number, which is given to the applicant at the time of submission.

    Without a GWF number, the UK visa and Immigration department cannot give you an update on your visa status.

  4. How to contact the UK visa and immigration department?

    Phone: The telephone number is +44 2034811736, which is accessible from Monday to Friday for 24 hours. The call costs £1.37 for a minute with other international call costs.

    Email: Any inquiry via email costs £5.48 but follow-up emails aren’t charged.

  5. How long do they take to respond?

    If its email, they the UK Immigration Department takes at least 2 days to respond. However, phone services are rather better than email.

News About UK Visa Status

  • Indians in UK breathe a sigh of relief as UK mulls on relaxing visa rules for Indian IT professionals

    Indians in UK have breathed a huge sigh of relief as the UK government is planning to relax the visa rules for Indian IT professionals. The changes in the immigration policy has been proposed by the UK parliament which also includes relaxing visa rules for Indian IT workers. The cap which has become a bane for skilled Indian workers willing to work in the UK is also set to be increased as per the proposal.

    This initiative comes after the UK government announced that the doctors and nurses from outside EU willing to work in the UK will not be subjected to the tier 2 visa cap due to the shortages of personnel faced by NHS, the state funded medical service. This in turn means that the 1600 positions to work in the UK for non EU citizens other than doctors and nurses has also freed up for people from other important professions.

    19 June 2018

  • UK mulls on cheaper visas for Indians

    The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), a non-governmental organization and think tank, has carried out a research on the number of Indians visiting the UK every year. In its report, the think tank pushes for a reduction in the cost of visas for Indians as the number of Indian tourists visiting the UK is decreasing year by year. The research revealed that the number of Indian nationals visiting the UK has gone down by 1.73 % in 2016 alone. A major factor contributing towards this trend is the rise of Indian tourists in France where the number grew by 5.3%. 6 lakh Indians visited France in 2016 which is 1.85 lakh more than the number of Indians who visited UK in the same year. In a 10 year period the share of Indian tourists visiting UK has halved which is a matter of great concern to the British government.

    During a parliamentary session in Britain in 2016, the RCS presented a fact sheet named ‘Britain and India: Building a new visa partnership’ which recommended minimizing the cost of tourist visa.

    14 March 2018

  • Indian professionals unite with the non-EU migrants to protest on UK Visa

    Many Indian professionals have merged with the non-European migrants this week to fight outside the UK parliament against the hostile immigration rules set by the UK government. The “Highly Skilled Migrants” group represents about 1,000 engineers, doctors, teachers, and IT professionals from other countries out of the EU (European Union).

    This is sure to bring migrants from Africa and South Asia together for one of the largest protests so far. The professionals with their families, who are primarily from Pakistan, India, Nigeria, and Bangladesh will fight against the unjustified refusals and delays from the UK Home Office linked to their visa applications.

    22 February 2018

  • Concerns over India-UK ties in 2018

    The year of 2017 has helped India and the UK to boost their bilateral ties, however, 2018 might turn out to be a challenge. Considering the post-Brexit situations, both nation might need to reconsider many of their policies pertaining to various types of trades and political stand. The concerns regarding the policies will be of prime importance in the coming year. In order to enhance security strategy, both the nations might need to amend various types of policies.

    2 January 2018

  • UK’s pilot student visa scheme to be extended to 23 more universities

    Last year, the pilot student visa was introduced in the UK with a limited number of universities in the list, however, the UK Government is planning to extend the pilot student visa scheme to additional 23 universities in the coming year. The pilot student visa allows six additional months for the students to find a job after the completion of the course. This initiative will enable the additional 23 universities to apply for pilot intake for their 2018-2019 curriculum.

    22 December 2017

  • New UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Bangalore

    The increasing number of applications under the Tier 2 Sponsorship Licenses has led to the launch of a new UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Bangalore. The new VAC has been opened in Whitefield and expected to cater to applicants with various categories of visas. The UK immigration minister Brandon Lewis has inaugurated the new VAC. One of the primary reasons for the need of a new VAC is due to the increase in tier 2 visa applications.

    20 December 2017

  • China and India accounted for almost 50% of UK's visitor visas

    Visitor visas accounted for the majority of the total visas granted by the UK to nationalities in non-European Economic Area for the financial year that ended on June 30, 2017. China and India contributed to nearly 50% of the visitors.

    According to the UK's home office, almost 4.14 lakh Indians were granted visas, with a surplus of 10% to the previous financial year. Whereas the number of the visas granted to the Chinese saw a rise of 24% to 5.16 lakh. Study visas was the most common visas granted to citizens of countries belonging to non-European Economic Area.

    20 September 2017

  • Popularity of O-1 visa for travel to the US sees a rise

    The popularity of O-1 visa for US travel has been increasing at a steady rate, amidst H-1B visa issues. O-1 Visa is available in four categories, i.e., O-1A, O-1B, O-2, and O-3.

    An individual will be eligible for O-1 non-immigrant visa if he/she has extraordinary ability in the fields of business, athletics, education, science, and art. Individuals who have shown a record of extraordinary achievement in the television industry and those that have received national/international accolades are also eligible for this visa.

    For O-1A visa the applicant should demonstrate “extraordinary ability”, whereas for O-1B visa, “distinction” is expected. Experts are of the opinion that it is relatively easy to get the O1-B visa, as the process is less rigorous. Media recognition or acknowledgement among peers in the relevant field will make an individual eligible for this visa.

    12 July 2017

  • Easier Short-Term UK Visas may become a reality

    During Prime Minister Theresa May visit, India hopes to reach an agreement with the United Kingdom to provide Indian students, businessmen and academicians with short term visas. Acting High Commissioner to the UK Dinesh Patnaik hopes to see these developments come to light after the Prime Minister first bilateral visit to India. This will the Theresa May first diplomatic visit outside the European Union since she has been appointed Prime Minister of the UK. India has a strong trade relationship with the UK and the recent Brexit would require the UK to look outside the European Union for strong trade ties. The short term visas would facilitate an ease in business activities between the two countries as the UK is shifting a large portion of its jobs to India. In the next 3 to 4 months as many as 2,000 jobs are expected to move to India. India hopes to secure the same concessions offered to Chinese for the UK visa, which is, 6 month to 2 year visas at 87 pounds.

    3 November 2016

  • UK Visas can now be availed from the comfort of your home

    Indian residents can now avail visas for European countries from the comfort of their homes. The agency that many countries have outsourced visa issuance to, VFS Global, has now offered to send a visa submission officer as well as the equipment required to collect biometric data to your home for a cost. Individuals from all over India can make the most of the demand mobile visa service to get UK visas. Certain Schengen countries such as Denmark and Hungary have also agreed to make use of VFS and start using the system in the near future.

    10 August 2016


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