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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 2:31 am   #1201
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Told my husband that he should push his MP harder too. Think they have forgotten our applications again after we paid IHS.
Yes I always think of the process as a number of stages, once the IHS has been paid the docs should be looked at immediately. I would be asking your MP if they are working on them now and if so demand an answer in the next few days. If they won't why not and you need a good reason. In your case they could be checking the authenticity of some of your papers but could easily have just put your file to one side. Don't forget its not a priority to them but it is to you!
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 3:04 am   #1202
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I got my uk spouse visa today after three months since the application. When I applied it was told me very clearly that the time for processing would be 60 working days but if was in the high season for application , could be more than that. So I just sat and wait. As I am in my country and in my own house I could do this. But I advise you always to pay priority at least for the returning of the passport because took almost twenty days from the time the visa was stamped which means I have to arrive in UK within ten days other wise my vignete will expire and I will have to pay more ...Other thing that went totally the opposite of what I read in many forums and in many advice sites: I applied based solely in my own financial status and didn't care for my British husbands financial status because he doesn't make the required amount and I do. Everytime I read something about was always implied that is only the sponsors money that matters but this is not true.

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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 6:37 am   #1203
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Hello All, I've been following this thread for quite sometimes. Thank you for everyone, your posts help me a lot both in terms of information and reassuring that I am not alone. I am in the same situation.
Date of Biometrics

Location of Biometrics: Thailand (Chiangmai)

Date of email receipt from Sheffield: 1 June 2017

We are on the second escalation. Already contacted MP but I don't really know this will make any differences, hope so anyway. I believed that our case is straightforward as we meet all requirements. Also, my two sons are carrying UK passports. Due to my husband's work, we decided to move back to the UK this year. I am here on my own waiting for the visa, roughly about 83 working days now. We hear nothing. I kind of believe that our application is forgotten or lost somewhere.
I am so frustrated to hear someone mentioned that apparently we are in 120 days timeline now. I am not sure if this new timeline is true but i do hope it's not.

Latest email i got from them (13th Sep) said they "re-escalated my case and it's being seen as an urgent case"
I don't know how true it is, would like to hear some opinion. My opinion is they shouldn't have to use the word urgent if it doesn't exist. Since I paid for priority and didn't get that, they shouldn't continue to tell me urgent after all.
With this delay, this starts to get us down, especially my husband and our second son. I hope we all will get our visa and reunion with our family soon.
My wife did her biometrics on 25 April in Bangkok. We were married 7 years ago and have lived together for all that time in our family home in Thailand. I moved back to UK on 19 May to set up home with our 4 year old son (British Passport) so that he could start primary school in September. He has been without his mummy now for four months and asks every night will he ever see his mummy again. My wife is a teacher (Thai govt officer). We easily qualify for settlement in all respects.

She is now on working day 107. My MP is on the case. I wonder what happens if we go past 120 days. I am at the lowest point ever in my life.
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 6:46 am   #1204
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I got my uk spouse visa today after three months since the application. When I applied it was told me very clearly that the time for processing would be 60 working days but if was in the high season for application , could be more than that. So I just sat and wait. As I am in my country and in my own house I could do this. But I advise you always to pay priority at least for the returning of the passport because took almost twenty days from the time the visa was stamped which means I have to arrive in UK within ten days other wise my vignete will expire and I will have to pay more ...Other thing that went totally the opposite of what I read in many forums and in many advice sites: I applied based solely in my own financial status and didn't care for my British husbands financial status because he doesn't make the required amount and I do. Everytime I read something about was always implied that is only the sponsors money that matters but this is not true.
Congratulations! when did you applied?
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 6:57 am   #1205
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For those folk waiting +90 working days I have started a new thread. I am trying to compile a list of like minded folk as a basis of forming a possible 'action group' if we go past 120 working days. Please participate here:

Sheffield Settlement Visa +90 Day Delays

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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 8:00 am   #1206
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My wife did her biometrics on 25 April in Bangkok. We were married 7 years ago and have lived together for all that time in our family home in Thailand. I moved back to UK on 19 May to set up home with our 4 year old son (British Passport) so that he could start primary school in September. He has been without his mummy now for four months and asks every night will he ever see his mummy again. My wife is a teacher (Thai govt officer). We easily qualify for settlement in all respects.

She is now on working day 107. My MP is on the case. I wonder what happens if we go past 120 days. I am at the lowest point ever in my life.
I applied from Bkk on 28th April too. Still waiting! They asked for more documents at 12 weeks and haven't heard anything since
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 10:20 am   #1207
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Congratulations! when did you applied?
I applied in Brasilia, Brazil on June 21th. By applying I mean when I went to the center and had my biometrics taken and documentation taken. The email telling me about the decision was made came on the September 6th and was dispatched from the UKVI in Bogota ( apparently they are processing applications from several countries of South America in Bogota, Colombia) in the same day, but reached my home , which is in Amazon, only yesterday, 22th of September, therefore almost twenty days travelling, so I recommend always pay priority postal service for th returning of th passaport. My first application was refused last year because I didn't include a lot off proofs for my relationship and a financial document was undated. I appealed and was refused again, but the tribunal said in the letter the best was a fresh application and this time it was successful.

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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 11:18 am   #1208
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so they trying to say that there is no exact date they gonna release both the passports and visas
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 11:19 am   #1209
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it's 6months already and no message about it
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 11:53 am   #1210
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it's 6months already and no message about it
weell, after the timeframe they set up in the emails, like 60 working days, after this time, you should start inquiring. Most of the times they will say, still in process , and you can't do anything. BUT Six months is too long waiting without an answer and you should start bugging some people. Unfortunately there are some horror stories about lost applications, or lost passaport and then someone is entitled to some compensation, but this not mean the visa will be granted even after all the trouble.

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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 11:55 am   #1211
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My husband has been calling for me. Even The call centre people are surprised we haven't heard... they recognise his voice now!

It's just pathetic. Please let me know what we all want to do next and whom to email.... I'm in!
Thanks for the info PinkDia
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 12:15 pm   #1212
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am so confused right now and don't know what to even do again
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 12:28 pm   #1213
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am so confused right now and don't know what to even do again
Go to this thread here that was opened , http://britishexpats.com/forum/citizenship-passports-spouse-family-visas-uk-196/sheffield-settlement-visa-90-day-delays-903545/ You should call the center where the application has been processed.
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 3:53 pm   #1214
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Go to this thread here that was opened , http://britishexpats.com/forum/citizenship-passports-spouse-family-visas-uk-196/sheffield-settlement-visa-90-day-delays-903545/ You should call the center where the application has been processed.
I don't have their number or anything
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Old Sep 24th 2017, 3:12 am   #1215
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Whilst it pains me to read the various comments from people on this thread, it also comforts me that we are not alone. We were equally stunned when we received an email saying that our case was not straightforward around the 60 day mark. I am a British Citizen and my wife in Australian. We provided all of the details asked for an required and jumped through every hoop that they have created during our relationship. The second email that we received 3 minutes later saying that we hadn't provided any evidence that I was British was a joke. Passport details and number etc, copy of Australian wedding certificate which clearly states my place of birth and Nationality.

If they can't meet their targets then they should be more transparent before people start the process. I have gone through the Australian visa and citizenship process, and whilst it was longer and equally as impersonal, they didn't have the 30 day requirement to get into the country once the visa was approved or keep hold of the passport. If we knew about their lack of capabilities at the start of the process we would have applied a lot earlier (however their processing times were showing 100% within 30 days wen we applied). It's the fact that I've had to give up my work in order to be able to fly almost as soon as we get the visa which gets me the most, and the fact that I can't apply for work in the UK until we have confirmation of the visa.

Whilst we are on 71 days rather than the 90+ which I have heard from others, it took them 14 days to acknowledge the additional prof of my British Citizenship (which wasn't required), to then get told it will take them a further 15 working days to act on it now that it's been escalated.
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