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Old Sep 25th 2017, 7:52 pm   #76
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Just been talking about it here:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/citizenship-passports-spouse-family-visas-uk-196/merged-spouse-visa-issues-sheffield-spouse-visa-chat-thread-899315/page83/
I have received the same email today. Am on 110 working days.
They keep moving the goalpost, I'll be past 6months if they take it to the 31st October as per their email.
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Old Sep 26th 2017, 1:36 am   #77
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Just been talking about it here:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/citizenship-passports-spouse-family-visas-uk-196/merged-spouse-visa-issues-sheffield-spouse-visa-chat-thread-899315/page83/
I got this today .. 22 weeks

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for applying for a UK visa.

Due to it being our busiest period, I am afraid we are unable to make a decision on your application within our usual timescale. We aim to make a decision on your application before 31 October. If for any reason we are unable to do so, we will write to you to update.

Staff at the visa application centres or contact centres have no influence on cases and cannot provide any further advice so we recommend you do not attend or call the contact centre. Please do not go to the Visa Application Centre until you have received written confirmation that a decision has been made on your application and that your passport is ready to be collected.

We understand this will be frustrating to you and regret any inconvenience caused.

We will contact you shortly to update you on what is happening

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind Regards,

UK Decision Making Centre
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Old Sep 26th 2017, 3:24 am   #78
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We aim to make a decision on your application before 31 October. If for any reason we are unable to do so, we will write to you to update.
If these guys’ aim is anything to go by, I’d hate to be the janitor in charge of cleaning the toilets at UKVI Sheffield. <snip>

Such a cop-out. But anyone who’s inside of time probably has nothing to worry about as they’re probably trying to keep on top of the current applications, and not worry too much about the extra late ones. Do just enough to keep the masses grumpy but not revolting.

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Old Sep 26th 2017, 3:28 am   #79
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Do you think if we reply they will read it?
My husband is meeting the MP this Friday.

im going to get him to print the emails and highlight "we aim to"

What else can we do?!?
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Old Sep 26th 2017, 3:30 am   #80
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Do you think if we reply they will read it?
My husband is meeting the MP this Friday.

im going to get him to print the emails and highlight "we aim to"

What else can we do?!?
No they won’t read it. Have had plenty of experience in that. Keep rattling your MPs cage. They work for you. Fingers crossed for you it comes before.
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Old Sep 26th 2017, 2:05 pm   #81
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I got this today .. 22 weeks

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for applying for a UK visa.

Due to it being our busiest period, I am afraid we are unable to make a decision on your application within our usual timescale. We aim to make a decision on your application before 31 October. If for any reason we are unable to do so, we will write to you to update.

Staff at the visa application centres or contact centres have no influence on cases and cannot provide any further advice so we recommend you do not attend or call the contact centre. Please do not go to the Visa Application Centre until you have received written confirmation that a decision has been made on your application and that your passport is ready to be collected.

We understand this will be frustrating to you and regret any inconvenience caused.

We will contact you shortly to update you on what is happening

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind Regards,

UK Decision Making Centre
Same email on 22nd week
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Old Sep 26th 2017, 3:32 pm   #82
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Date of Application/ Biometrics: June 23, 2017 "Expedited"
Place: Singapore
Receipt by Sheffield: June 24, 2017
Contacted Visa International Enquiry Service: Sept 6, 2017. Form letter reply Sept 10: Your application is being considered.
Sept 13: Form letter: "Application not straightforward"
Sept 14: Request for additional documents - wedding photos, more detailed financials, etc
Sept. 14: Contacted MP for Hastings Amber Rudd (Home Secretary!) who contacted Sheffield.
Sept. 15: Requested documents sent via email.
Sept. 18: Sheffield claims they can't open the documents, asked to re-submit with one document per email.
Sept. 18 Contacted Amber Rudd again. Told to resubmit.
Sept 19: Re-submitted as requested, but even a resubmitted Appendix 2 (which they already had) rejected since "file size too big". Tried again using compression software.
Sept 20: All emails went through, but no acknowledgement. Also sent documents via Royal Mail recorded delivery to Sheffield.
Sept. 23: email from Sheffield claims the financial information not received despite receipt of recorded delivery on Sept 22. Request for additional documents (Divorce papers!) despite Govt issued marriage certificate from Govt. of Singapore issued in 2010 and wedding photos. Note: Singapore does not condone either bigamy or polygamy!
Sept 24: Recontacted Amber Rudd who confirmed all of the documents had been received.
Sept. 25: email from Sheffield: "We're busy, aim to make a decision by Oct 31, but if we can't we'll let you know." Forwarded the reply to Amber Rudd!
Sept. 26: Looking into cancelling flight reservations from Singapore to the UK made 3 months ago, assuming that expedited processing would take 15 days as claimed when I paid the £400 extra.
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Old Sep 27th 2017, 12:29 pm   #83
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Date of Application/ Biometrics: June 23, 2017 "Expedited"
Place: Singapore
Receipt by Sheffield: June 24, 2017
Contacted Visa International Enquiry Service: Sept 6, 2017. Form letter reply Sept 10: Your application is being considered.
Sept 13: Form letter: "Application not straightforward"
Sept 14: Request for additional documents - wedding photos, more detailed financials, etc
Sept. 14: Contacted MP for Hastings Amber Rudd (Home Secretary!) who contacted Sheffield.
Sept. 15: Requested documents sent via email.
Sept. 18: Sheffield claims they can't open the documents, asked to re-submit with one document per email.
Sept. 18 Contacted Amber Rudd again. Told to resubmit.
Sept 19: Re-submitted as requested, but even a resubmitted Appendix 2 (which they already had) rejected since "file size too big". Tried again using compression software.
Sept 20: All emails went through, but no acknowledgement. Also sent documents via Royal Mail recorded delivery to Sheffield.
Sept. 23: email from Sheffield claims the financial information not received despite receipt of recorded delivery on Sept 22. Request for additional documents (Divorce papers!) despite Govt issued marriage certificate from Govt. of Singapore issued in 2010 and wedding photos. Note: Singapore does not condone either bigamy or polygamy!
Sept 24: Recontacted Amber Rudd who confirmed all of the documents had been received.
Sept. 25: email from Sheffield: "We're busy, aim to make a decision by Oct 31, but if we can't we'll let you know." Forwarded the reply to Amber Rudd!
Sept. 26: Looking into cancelling flight reservations from Singapore to the UK made 3 months ago, assuming that expedited processing would take 15 days as claimed when I paid the £400 extra.
Even having as Amber Rudd as your local MP, UKVI in Sheffield still can't get it right

I hope they just grant everybody a Visa and both us and them the hassle
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Old Sep 27th 2017, 4:00 pm   #84
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Since everyone has escalated via their MP, that way of expediting things gets cancelled out. It's like everyone on tip-toes in an attempt to see better - same outcome just more uncomfortable and stressful. Amber Rudd can't see me as it would be a potential conflict of interest given her role as Home Secretary!
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Old Sep 28th 2017, 4:06 am   #85
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Date of Biometrics: 28 April

Location of Biometrics: Bangkok

Date of email receipt from Sheffield: 5th May

Location Constituency of your sponsors MP: East Lothian Mr. Martin Whitfield

No non straight forward email
No requesting additional documents
Nothing from UKVI other than the 31 October deadline 💩
Escalated 2 times MP contacted but no use...
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Old Sep 28th 2017, 9:35 am   #86
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Date of Biometrics: 28 April

Location of Biometrics: Bangkok

Date of email receipt from Sheffield: 5th May

Location Constituency of your sponsors MP: East Lothian Mr. Martin Whitfield

No non straight forward email
No requesting additional documents
Nothing from UKVI other than the 31 October deadline 💩
Escalated 2 times MP contacted but no use...
You are not alone my case is 26th April so hopefully we all have a vida approval soon
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Old Sep 28th 2017, 10:16 am   #87
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You are not alone my case is 26th April so hopefully we all have a vida approval soon
Applied from bangkok too. 28th April..

Still waiting!
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Old Sep 30th 2017, 3:12 am   #88
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Date of Biometrics; 9th May 2017

Location of Biometrics; Bangkok

Date of email receipt from Sheffield; 10th May

Location Constituency of your sponsors Member of Parliament; Hull North, Diana Johnson.

Escalated around day 65

No Not straightforward email.
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Date of Biometrics: May 31, 2017, Priority

Location of Biometrics: TLS Office, Beirut

Date of email receipt from Sheffield: June 1 - "Your online application has been received in Sheffield, UK. Your application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer."

Location Constituency of your sponsors MP: Kingston upon Thames and Surbiton, MP Ed Davis
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Fingers crossed those that have waited 90 days or more hear back this week and those that are approaching the 90 day mark too!
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