UK Spouse Visa STRICTLY TIMELINES ONLY - NO CHAT

Old Aug 14th 2018, 9:16 am
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Application location: Brisbane Australia - Priority Paid
Online application: 14 June
Bio-metrics: 19 June
documents arrived to Sheffield: 26 June
ECO preparation email: 4 July
First escalation: 2 August
Called UKVI on 13 August - told still awaiting decision
Email from Manila Embassy: 14 August saying they have not met standard SLAs and will consider the application now.
Decision made: waiting
Email to collect documents from VFS: waiting
Passport collected with approved visa: waiting

Total: 42 working days from biometrics on 15.08.18
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Old Aug 14th 2018, 1:41 pm
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PRIORITY SPOUSE APPLICATION
Country applying from : USA
Submitted online application : 11 June 2018
Biometrics : 15 June 2018
Documents received email : 18 June 2018
Escalated : 5 July 2018
"Final Stages" email : 8 August 2018
Decision made email : WAITING
Decision : WAITING
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Old Aug 14th 2018, 7:13 pm
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Country applying from: Sri Lanka
Type of visa applied for: Spouse - Settlement (Husband)
Priority/Non Priority: Priority
Office location processing your visa: Sheffield, UK
Projected timeline given: 6 weeks (30 Working Days Priority)
Date application submitted (online): May 28th, 2018
Date biometrics taken (Colombo - VFS): June 4th, 2018
Documents received at Sheffield (Delivery confirmation): June 11th, 2018
ECO assigned: June 25th, 2018
Escalated 1- Called UKVI - 16th July 2018
Email from UKVI on 24th July -
The application is in the final processing stages and a decision will be made soon. Further Investigation is required and you will be contacted directly once concluded.
Escalation 2 - 9th August 2018 and contacted MP - MP replied back on the 10th saying that they working on it and a decision will be made soon
Documents returned - 4th August 2018
Decision made email: N/A
SMS from VFS - 14th August to collect passport
Passport collected - 15th August (Visa Approved) Vignette 19th Aug -19th Sept

51 Working days in total from bio metrics.
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August 15th, 2018 - received call to pay Immigration health surcharge by credit card...not sure how long now.

35 working days since biometrics.
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Old Aug 15th 2018, 12:48 am
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PRIORITY SPOUSE APPLICATION
Country applying from : USA
Submitted online application : 11 June 2018
Biometrics : 15 June 2018
Documents received email : 18 June 2018
Escalated : 5 July 2018
"Final Stages" email : 8 August 2018
Decision made email : 15 August 2018
Decision : WAITING
Just got my decision made email!
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Old Aug 15th 2018, 2:43 am
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Country applying from: USA
Type of visa applied for: Settlement Visa -- Unmarried Partner
Priority or Standard: Priority
Location processing visa: Sheffield
Date application submitted online: 8 June 2018
Date biometrics taken: 12 June 2018
Date documents sent to Sheffield: 12 June 2018
Date documents received in Sheffield: 14 June 2018
ECO Assigned: 14 June 2018
First escalation via telephone: 24 July 2018 (30 BD after biometrics)
Received email confirming escalation: 2 August 2018
Called UKVI: "Decision Made" on 13 August 2018
Decision made email: 15 August 2018
Passport returned: Pending

Total processing time: 46 business days from biometrics
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Old Aug 15th 2018, 4:25 am
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Country applying from: USA (Washington)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: June 8th 2018
Date Biometrics Taken: June 12th 2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: June 21st 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": June 21st 2018
Escalation: Did not escalate
Decision Made Email: August 15th 2018 - "Your visa has been processed and will be with you shortly." - Sounds positive, right!?
Document and passport received: Waiting

Total Processing Time: 39 working days (from received in Sheffield date to decision made email)
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Old Aug 15th 2018, 5:44 am
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Country applying from: Toronto, Canada
Type of visa applied for: Spouse - Spouse Settlement
Priority/Non Priority: Priority
Date application submitted (online): June 13, 2018
Date biometrics taken (Toronto VFS Global center): June 25, 2018
Documents received at Sheffield (Delivery confirmation): Never Received
Documents recieved email : Never Received
ECO assigned: July 16, 2018, "Your application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer."
Office location processing your visa: Sheffield, UK
Email to escalate as past 30 working days: August 3, 2018
Response from Email escalation (supposed to be within 2 business days):
Response 1 (August 6, 2018) - "We escalated your case to the relevant department on 06-08-2018. You should be contacted regarding your case within 15 working days from the date of escalation."
Response 2-6 (post-escalation via email) - "With regards to your enquiry about the status of your application, I can confirm that your application is being considered and is currently awaiting a decision." Status unchanged since first query via email in July, 2018.
Email to ask for MP assistance: August 6, 2018- Correspondence with MP's Office is ongoing; email has been sent from sponsor's MP to Secretary of State for Immigration. To date, no clarity on the status of the application due to recess of SoSI.
Decision made email: Waiting
Passport Received back: Waiting
Decision: Waiting

Total Processing Time: 38 business days from biometrics and counting... (Recent Canadian Settlement Applicants- would really appreciate seeing comparative timelines!)
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Country applying from: USA
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: June 8th 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: June 11th 2018
Date documents sent to Sheffield: June 18th 2018
Decision made email: 13th August with tracking number.
Passport returned: 15th August. APPROVED!!!
Total processing time: 48 working days
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Old Aug 15th 2018, 1:32 pm
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Country applying from: USA (Houston)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: June 8th, 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: June 13th, 2018
Date Documents sent to Sheffield: June 13th, 2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: June 18th, 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": June 18th, 2018
Called UKVI : July 17th 2018 - Unsurprisingly was told its in progress and can be escalated 30 B.D after bio-metrics
Escalated with UKVI: July 25th 2018 - Was told would have response within 15 working days and reminded like i was a small child that priority processing doesn't guarantee completion within 30 B.D - great
Emailed MP Rory Stewart: July 25th 2018 - Asked if he could contact UKVI
Response from MP Rory Stewart: August 3rd 2018 - he has sent a letter to UKVI
Called UKVI : August 3rd 2018 - still awaiting decision, acnowledged it was escalated on July 25th
Called UKVI: August 8th 2018 - DECISION MADE on August 6th - told to watch UPS tracking for passports
Decision Made Email: August 13th 2018, also received second email with UPS Tracking number
Passport Returned: August 15th 2018 - APPROVED - validity until September 13th - booked flights for August 28th

Total Processing Time: 45 business days from bio-metric
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Country applying from: Vancouver, Canada
Type of visa applied for: Spouse - Wife
Priority/Non-Priority: Priority
Date online application submitted: 7th June, 2018
Date biometrics taken: 14th June, 2018
Date documents forward to UKVI: digital scans sent 15th June, 2018
Date application received at Sheffield: No confirmation email received so no idea!
Email confirmation received: none
Office location processing your visa: Sheffield
Email followup sent to UKVI (I had to pay to send it): 20th July, 2018
Response received confirming “application is being considered and is currently awaiting a decision.”: 21st July, 2018
Request to have application escalated: 27th July, 2018
Decision made email: None but called UKVI August 16th, decision has been made apparently on the 14th, August
Date your visa was received: waiting

46 BD and counting from date of biometrics…

Total business days to from sending documents to receiving visa: waiting
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Old Aug 16th 2018, 4:44 am
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Country applying from: USA (Washington)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: June 8th 2018
Date Biometrics Taken: June 12th 2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: June 21st 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": June 21st 2018
Escalation: Did not escalate
Decision Made Email: August 15th 2018 - "Your visa has been processed and will be with you shortly." - Sounds positive, right!? - This was from the rep dealing with my case.
Decision Made Email: August 16th 2018 - Confirmation that "a decision has been made" and they provided tracking info for the return of doc's + PP.
Document and passport received: Waiting

Total Processing Time: 39 working days (from received in Sheffield date to decision made email)
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Country applying from: Mexico City (VFS Global)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa (HM Forces)
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Non-Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: June 29, 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: July 18, 2018
Date scanned documents were forwarded to UKVI: July 18, 2018
Date Sheffield office contacted me to send sponsor's documents*: August 15, 2018 (20 Business days from appointment)
* Went to VFS Centre to ask for my documents to send them to Sheffield: August 15, 2018.
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: documents on route to Sheffield Office
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": Waiting
Documents Returned: Waiting
Decision Made Email: Waiting
Document and passport received: Waiting
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Old Aug 16th 2018, 6:46 am
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Second application
Country applying from: Nigeria (Abuja)
Type of visa applied for: settlement Wife
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: May 22,2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: June 1st, 2018
Date Documents sent to Sheffield: June 11th, 2018 from the UK
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": June 18th, 2018
First status enquiry and escalation: July 14th, 2018
Email from Sheffield that application has been escalated: July 26th, 2018
MP contacted: August 8th, 2018
Decison made email from MP: August 8th, 2018
decision made: August 7th, 2018
passport ready for courier: August 13th,2018
passport returned: August 15th , 2018
vignette: August 14th - September 13th

48 WD to decision made
53 WD in total
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Country: USA (New York)
Visa: Settlement - Spouse (Wife)
Priority Service: Yes
Visa processing office: Sheffield, UK
Date application submitted: June 22, 2018
Date biometrics taken: June 25, 2018
Documents received at Sheffield (ParcelForce tracking): July 5, 2018
Email "application being prepared for consideration by an ECO": July 5, 2018
Call to escalate at over 30 working days: Emailed MP to request escalation on Aug 7, 2018. Unfortunately, this went nowhere. Also emailed UKVI, standard response given.
Email "decision made":Aug 15, 2018
Passport received (by UPS courier, prepaid label from via VFS Global): Aug 16, 2018
APPROVED!!

37 working days since online application submitted
38 working days since biometrics
32 working days since documents delivered to Sheffield
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