We process around 10,000 applications every month. The time taken to process your application will be affected by many different factors: your nationality (insofar as it affects your right to work in the UK), your address history, your criminal record (if you have one), whether you’ve spent time outside the UK, and so on.
Most importantly, you can affect the speed of your application. We need the information you give us and if this is incorrect or incomplete then your application could be delayed and it may even be cancelled. Please take the time to review the information you give us before you submit your application because once you’ve submitted it you won’t be able to change it.
As soon as you submit your application on our website we will send you a message telling you exactly what else you will need to do. Please read this carefully as not all applicants are asked to do the same things. Remember, we will not start to process your application until you have followed all of these instructions. If we need more information from you whilst processing your application we will send you a message, so you should visit your online account regularly to make sure that you don’t miss any messages from us.