We advise you to apply for your visa 6-8 weeks before the date you plan to travel.
Application processing times can vary depending on the type and complexity of the application. During busy periods such as the summer months or in the months leading to Christmas, the processing time can be longer. And occasionally it can take longer to check out all aspects of an application which will increase the processing time. The Visa team works hard to ensure all visa applications are processed as quickly as possible but it is up to you to ensure that you have allowed sufficient time for your visa application to be processed before your date of travel.