UK Spouse Visa STRICTLY TIMELINES ONLY - NO CHAT

Old Aug 20th 2018, 10:19 pm
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Country applying from: Brisbane, Australia
Type of visa applied: Unmarried partner - Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority...HA!
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK

Applied online: 12 April 2018
Biometrics appointment: 20 April 2018
Sent first email asking for status update: 3 May 2018
HO reply: currently awaiting decision
Official email from Home Office stating application was received: 14 May 2018
Sent second email asking for status update: 22 June 2018
HO reply: a decision has been made
Sent third email and first request to escalate: 15 July 2018
60 business days since biometrics (not including bank holidays): 17 July 2018
Email from HO acknowledging request of escalation, will be contacted in 15 business days: 18 July 2018
No contact from HO
Sent fourth email and second request to escalate: 10 August 2018
Same generic response, wait 15 business days for a response
Called by phone, HO could not give any additional details and told to wait: 13th August 2018
Called by phone asking about complaint procedure after seeing numerous people who did not pay priority and apply well after me receiving their passports before me. Emailed official complaint: 15 August 2018
Call from Brisbane Application centre: passport is ready for collection. VISA APPROVED (83 business days!!??) but joy is short lived as the vignette dates had expired a month ago. Was told to apply for a vignette transfer: 17th August 2018
Second biometrics appointment: 20th August 2018
The wait continues...
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Old Aug 21st 2018, 9:58 am
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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: 20th August, 2018 - Approved!

49 BD total from Biometrics.
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Old Aug 22nd 2018, 5:57 am
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[QUOTE=nycgirltouk;12540799]Country: USA New York
Visa: Settlement - Spouse (Wife)
Priority Service: Yes
Visa processing office: Sheffield, UK
Date application submitted (online at visa4uk.fco.gov.uk): Lawyer did ??
Date biometrics taken: June 27th, 2018
Documents received at Sheffield (ParcelForce tracking): July 4th, 2018

Email "application being prepared for consideration by an ECO": July 10th, 2018
Email "ECO assigned": WAITING...
Documents returned to UK address: WAITING...
Call to escalate at over 30 working days: August 8th, 2018
Email "decision made": approved
Passport received (by UPS courier, prepaid label from via VFS Global): August 22, 2018

Approved - 40 days from Biometrics. Good luck everyone
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Old Aug 22nd 2018, 3:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Brisbanebrit
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
Update:
Decision made: none
Email to collect documents from VFS: 22 august
Passport collected with approved visa: 23 August
vignette 14 sept - 14 October

48 working days
of sheer hell.

Bon chance! homeward bound!
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Old Aug 22nd 2018, 7:50 pm
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Country applying from: Hangzhou, China
Type of visa applied for: Partner - Spouse
Priority/Non-Priority: Non Priority
Date online application submitted: 27th April, 2018
Date biometrics taken: 2nd May, 2018
Date documents set to UKVI: 10th May 2018
Response received confirming “application is being considered and is currently awaiting a decision.”: 10th June 2018
Documents Returned: 13th June 2018
Request to have application escalated: 20th July 2018, Plus quite a few more calls and emails (££££££££'s :-O)
Decision made email: 2 received in response to Escalations, 1st 30th July - a decision was made on the 25th June 2018, further calls to check, expect to wait 10 business days, after still nothing, further escalations, 2nd Email Received 22nd August 5 minutes before passport arrived, decision was made on 14th August 2018
Contacted MP:16th August 2018, MP came back with note that a decision was made by ECO but needed to be upheld by ECM (manager), should receive something soon
Text Received: Good news, your passport is being sent to you: 20th August, 2018
Date your visa was received: 22nd August, 2018 - Approved!

Total 78 business days from biometrics
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Old Aug 22nd 2018, 9:46 pm
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Country applying from: Philippines (VFS Manila)
Type of visa applied for: Partner - Fiance (our wedding booked for 14th September 2018)
Priority/Non-Priority: Non Priority
Date online application submitted: 30th April, 2018
Date biometrics taken: 2nd May, 2018
Date documents set to UKVI: 3rd May 2018
Documents Returned: 16th May 2018
Response received confirming “application is being considered and is currently awaiting a decision.”: 10th June 2018
Email received "Unfortunately, the processing of your application has not been straightforward and we will be unable to decide your application within our customer service targets": 25th July 2018
Request to have application escalated (first time): 25th July 2018
Asked MP to contact Home Office on my behalf: 30th July 2018
MP contacted Home Office: 3rd August 2018
Asked MP to chase Home Office: 15th August 2018
Request to have application escalated (second time): 16th August 2018
Asked MP to chase Home Office (3rd time) : 23rd August 2018
Decision made email: None
Text Received: None
Date your visa was received: None

Total (so far) 79 business days from biometrics
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Old Aug 23rd 2018, 6:43 am
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Country applying from: USA (Washington)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority - We used the suggested UPS option from the visa application website
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 (2 seperate emails).
Document and passport received: August 20th 2018 - Received passport and documents back with next instructions. Visa APPROVED! Vignette Aug 28-Sep 27.

Total Processing Time: 41 working days (from received in Sheffield date to passport received back)
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Old Aug 23rd 2018, 9:21 pm
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Country applying from: Malaysia (KL)
Type of visa applied for: Settlement Visa - Spouse
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 31/07/2018
Date Biometrics Taken: 03/08/2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: 08/08/2018 (Royal Mail tracking)
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": 24/08/2018
Escalation: Not yet
Decision Made Email: Not yet
Document and passport received: Not yet
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Old Aug 24th 2018, 10:07 am
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Country applying from: India CHD
Type of visa applied for: Settlement Visa - Spouse
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 25/07/2018
Date Biometrics Taken: 30/072018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: 11/08/2018 (Royal Mail tracking)
Call from UKVI for addictional documents on 14/08/2018 for years bank statement sent documents 14/8/18
Email from ukvi for prepaid envolope to send documents back on 21/8/18 sent prepaid envolope on 21/8/18
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": 24/08/2018
Escalation: Not yet
Decision Made Email: Not yet
Document and passport received: Not yet
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Old Aug 24th 2018, 10:31 am
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Country applying from: Sao Paulo Brazil
Type of visa applied for: Settlement Visa - Spouse
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 21/07/2018
Date Biometrics Taken: 23/07/2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": 20/08/2018
Decision Made Email: Not yet
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Old Aug 25th 2018, 12:27 am
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Originally Posted by leticiarodrigues
Country: Brazil (Sao Paulo)
Visa: Settlement - Spouse (Wife)
Priority Service: Yes
Visa processing office: Sheffield, UK
Date online application submitted: 29/05/2018
Date biometrics taken: 04/06/2018
ECO: 24/06/2018
Solicitor contacted them and they said they were going to make a decision now: 03/08/2018
Decision made email: WAITING

50 working days since online application...
48 working days since biometrics....

Decision made email: 22/08/2018
Passport received: 24/08/2018 - Approved

Total processing time: 59 days working days
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Old Aug 25th 2018, 7:05 pm
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Originally Posted by micnz
Country applying from: New Zealand (Christchurch)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 14 June 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: 22 June 2018
Date Documents sent to Sheffield: 22 June 2018
Date Documents received in Sheffield: 25 June 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": 08 July 2018
Documents returned (to UK Address): 13 July 2018
Decision Made Email: Waiting.....
Passport Received: Waiting.....
UPDATE: Emailed UKVI 06/08/18 requesting update, got a generic response saying.....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. If it has been over 15 working days for non- settlement applications or 60 working days for settlement applications, please provide the following details:.........
Phoned UKVI 08/08/18 and escalated case. Was told i would have to wait up to 15BD for an email as to why my application has been processed!
AS AT 08/08/18
34 BD SINCE BIOMETRICS
40 BD SINCE ONLINE APPLICATION
UPDATE!
21 AUG 18 Decision Made from Manila (no email received) 43 BD
25 AUG 18 Passport Received - Visa Approved!!!! 46 BD
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Old Aug 27th 2018, 8:49 am
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Originally Posted by Intheknow2018
UK SPOUSE SETTLEMENT
Application location: Senegal - Priority Paid
*Over 30 working days still awaiting decision*

Online application: 29 May
Bio-metrics at VFS: 8 June (8 days from OA)
Docs submitted to Sheffield: 21 June (10 days since BD)
Signed delivery of docs: 21 June

*No acknowledgement emails received from UKVI*

Solicitor email inquiry: 19 July - awaiting a decision
Solicitor email requesting escalation: 19 July

*Call to UKVI: 23 July - the case wasn’t escalated - call centre staff escalated case for the first time - Quoted 15-20 working days for a response*

Letter to MP requesting assistance: 23 July
**Numerous phone calls and emails to UKVI ££££££££££££££££££££ - still awaiting decision**

Response from UKVI: 1 August - generic response
**Numerous phone calls and emails to UKVI ££££££££££££££££££££ - still awaiting decision**

Call to UKVI: 14 August (17 days after escalation) - still awaiting decision
Call to MP: 17 August (20 days after escalation) - no answer
Letter from MPs office with a generic UKVI letter attached: 20 August

Decision made email from UKVI via Solicitor: 23 August
Email to collect documents and passport from VFS: 27 August
Passport collected with approved visa: Waiting

Current date: 27 August 2018
Total days: from biometric 58 Business Days
Passport collected with approved visa: Waiting
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Old Aug 27th 2018, 7:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Judetn
Country applying from: Jordan
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: May 13th 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: May 29th 2018
Date documents sent to Sheffield: June 2nd 2018
56 working days from bio metric so far. Got it escalated twice. Called them a million times. Not sure what more i can do. Waste of priority money
Decision Made Email: 21st of Aug (got an email back saying a decision was made after my husband sent an inquiry email, but haven't got a decision made email until now)
Passport Returned: 27th of Aug
Visa Approved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Over the moooooooooooooooon!!! good luck to everyone!!! 64 Working days from bio metric until getting passport back
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Old Aug 28th 2018, 1:21 am
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Country applying from: USA (Seattle) destination Scotland (Glasgow area)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: NON-PRIORITY
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Citizenship - Sponsor UK/US (Naturalized), Applicant US
Stated Travel Date Oct 6th 2018 - copy of e-tickets provided
Financial proof used - Savings statements printed and stamped by bank officer
Relationship - Married 37 years, photos, shared bills, newspaper clippings
Accommodation - Confirmation of deposit made on purchase of apartment (copy)
English language - n/a (USA is exempt)
Tuberculosis - n/a (USA is exempt)
Primary Documents - ORIGINALS sent (unable to totally confirm if copies acceptable)
VFS Courier service used - YES
Other Notes - Included sponsor and applicant statements

2018-05-27 - Submitted Application Online, paid visa fee and NHS surcharge
2018-06-11 - Biometrics taken at Tukwilla WA (Took less than 10 minutes!)
2018-06-12 - Documents sent to Sheffield via VFS Courier from UPS store
2018-06-14 - Email received from UKVI - "Your application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer"
2018-08-28 - Email received from UKVI - "Documents have been dispatched"
2018-08-28 - Email received from UKVI - "A decision has been made" (?)

Total Days from documents received to "decision made" 75 business days - about 50?
Escalations / Requests for more info - NONE
UPS tracking does not show package in transit yet

Waiting for decision ...
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