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Old Oct 6th 2017, 5:22 pm   #1
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Hello All,

We're currently on the 78th processing day since my Wife and I submitted our documents and biometrics on 20th June from Shanghai.

- She received the standard "busiest period, etc....31st October, etc" email on 26th September from Sheffield.

- She's then received the "not straight forward" email yesterday, 5th October, but this time from BEIJING, as follows:-

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Dear Applicant,
Your UK visa application has been received and is under consideration.
Unfortunately, the processing of your application has not been straightforward and we have been unable to resolve your application within our customer service targets. Please be assured that we aim to make a decision as soon as possible. We will notify you via e-mail if an interview is required.
Please do not attend the application centre until you have been contacted by the VAC. This is an automated message - do not respond to this email address as incoming mail is not answered. UKVI contact details can be found at www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk
Yours sincerely
Beijing Visa Section
...UNQUOTE

1) Some have said that the "not straightforward" email is nothing serious, but perhaps a cover for missing the 60 day target. Any thoughts? The application was really very straightforward frankly, scanned documents, savings route, married eight years, and we have a son too. I can't really think of anything which they might puzzle over.

2) Is there any action we should be prepared for, following receipt of this email based upon your previous experience?

There don't appear to be many applicants from China using BE, except for fellow member "ryongsong", so I'd be interested to hear from any others.

I think we're nearing the end of the long journey, hopefully positively.
All thoughts and comments welcome. Thank you everyone, especially our daily regulars.

Regards, MP
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Old Oct 6th 2017, 9:15 pm   #2
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I'm pretty sure the 'not straightforward' excuse is used for all cases when they go beyond 60 days. If they don't say 'not straightforward' then they would have to offer another reason for why it wasn't done in 60 days.
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Old Oct 7th 2017, 12:27 pm   #3
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Fair point. I imagine they are really snowed under. If I was closer to Sheffield, I'd help them out! :-)
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Fair point. I imagine they are really snowed under. If I was closer to Sheffield, I'd help them out! :-)
Maybe you could let them know that, i'm sure they'd appreciate the help, you could process your own application then
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Maybe you could let them know that, i'm sure they'd appreciate the help, you could process your own application then
Haha, I always like your remarks, always in good humour
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Haha, I always like your remarks, always in good humour
Some days it's difficult to even crack a smile or laughter but you've got to soldier on, want to create a good atmosphere on here to ease the stress applicants/families are going through.

22 business days for me. 30 days since the biometrics appointment. Non-priority Pakistan application. So much more waiting to go.
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Old Oct 8th 2017, 9:48 am   #7
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Here's a post that backs up the idea that being labelled non-straightforward is actually the normal experience at the moment:

Long Visa Delays at UKVI's Sheffield Decision-Making Centre — McGill & Co
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Here's a post that backs up the idea that being labelled non-straightforward is actually the normal experience at the moment:

Long Visa Delays at UKVI's Sheffield Decision-Making Centre — McGill & Co
So basically nothing new we already know about.
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Good link to read.

It appears my Wife's application might be back in the BJ office for processing, so somehow, I feel a bit of relief from that! :-)

Let's hope we see the same good progress as BKK has.
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