UK Spouse Visa STRICTLY TIMELINES ONLY - NO CHAT

Old Sep 11th 2018, 3:25 am
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Originally Posted by cattyk
Country applying from: Melbourne, Australia
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa - wife
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 19th July 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: 23rd July 2018
SMS stating Application Forwarded to UKVI: 23rd July 2018
Date Documents delivered to Sheffield (Royal Mail update): 26th July 2018
Documents returned (to UK Address): 31st July 2018
Asked our MP to enquire for an update and our MP was told on 17th August that: my caseworker was advised that decision should be made soon.
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an ECO": 20th August 2018
Email request sent to escalate at 30 Business Days: 4th September 2018 & our MP helped with escalating from their side
Reply received stating application was escalated: 5th September 2018
SMS stating Processed Visa received: 10th September 2018
Passport Delivered: 11th September 2018
Decision Made Email: None received but visa was APPROVED on 4th September

30 business days since biometrics for decision
35 business days to receive approved visa
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Old Sep 11th 2018, 3:14 pm
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Country applying from: Canada (Ottawa)
Type of visa applied for: Settlement - Marriage (Fiancee Visa)
Priority/Non Priority: Non Priority
Office location processing your visa: Sheffield, UK
Projected timeline given: 12 weeks/60 business days

Date application submitted (online): June 10th, 2018
Date of biometrics: June 21st, 2018
Documents received at Sheffield (Delivery confirmation): Documents scanned by VFS
Email stating "Your application is currently being prepared for consideration by an ECO": July 12th, 2018
Request for more information: Paid to send 2 inquiry emails - 1 on September 7th and 2 on September 10th, both emails confirmed my application was being considered and is currently awaiting a decision
Escalation email (60 business days): Not yet applicable
Decision made email: Waiting...
Documents returned email: Waiting...
Passport delivered: Waiting...


57 business days since biometrics (this takes into account 2 holidays)
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Old Sep 11th 2018, 5:19 pm
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Country applying from: São Paulo, Brasil
Type of visa applied for: Settlement - Wife
Priority/Non Priority: Priority
Office location processing your visa: Sheffield, UK
Projected timeline given: 5 weeks

Date application submitted (online): June 14th, 2018
Date of biometrics: June 21st, 2018
Documents received at Sheffield (Delivery confirmation): Documents scanned by VFS
Email stating "Your application is currently being prepared for consideration by an ECO": July 12th, 2018
Random email saying the process was still being check and would have a decision soon: August 14th, 2018
Called home office: August 31st, 2018 [was told a decision was made on August 27th, 2018]
Decision made email: September 5th, 2018
Passport delivered: September 10th, 2018
VISA APPROVED


11 weeks / 62 working days since biometrics

Good luck to everyone!!!
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Old Sep 12th 2018, 3:02 am
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Country applying from: USA (NYC)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: Aug 1st, 2018
Date Biometrics Taken: Aug 6th, 2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: Aug 13th, 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": Aug 15th, 2018
Decision Made Email: Sep 10th, 2018
Document and passport received: Sep 12th, 2018 (APPROVED)

Total Processing Time: 26 business days from biometrics, 19 business days from receipt of application

Good luck everyone!!!
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Old Sep 12th 2018, 8:41 am
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Country applying from: Australia (Brisbane)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse and Dependant Children Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 25 July 2018
Date Biometrics Taken: 26 July 2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: 29 July 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": 8 Aug 2018
Email stating “Unfortunately, the processing of your application has not been straightforward and we will be unable to decide your application within our customer service targets.” 31 Aug 2018
Email advising ‘bug’ in system and requesting IHS payment for children: 31 Aug 2018
Decision Made Email: none
SMS from VFS that processed passport received: 7 September 2018
Document and passport received: 11 Sep 2018 (APPROVED)

Total Processing Time: 31 business days from biometrics

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Old Sep 13th 2018, 10:11 am
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First post, couldn’t have done this without the help from these forums... Thank you all & good luck to anyone waiting.

Country applying from: New Zealand

Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 1 August 2018
Date Biometrics Taken: 3 August 2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: 3 August 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": 8 August 2018
Decision Made Email: none
Passport received: 12 September 2018 (APPROVED)

Total Processing Time: 28 business days from biometrics (One UK Bank Holiday)

No sign of our supporting documents coming back, but not all that fussed right now!!
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Old Sep 13th 2018, 10:13 am
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Country applying from: Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
Type of visa applied for: Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 18 August 2018
Biometrics Taken : 23 August 2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: 29 August 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": 13 Sept 2018
Documents sent back to us : 12 Sept 2018
Decision Made Email: Not yet
SMS from VFS that processed passport received: Not yet
Document and passport received: Not yet

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Old Sep 13th 2018, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by thestraightline
Country applying from: Canada (Toronto)
Visa type: Settlement (wife)
Priority/Non-Priority: Priority
Online Application submitted: June 7
Date biometrics taken: July 5
Date email documentation received in Sheffield: STILL WAITING
Decision made email: STILL WAITING
Passport ready for pick up: STILL WAITING
Date email documentation received in Sheffield: July 27, same time as ECO assigned
Decision made email: Never got it
Passport ready for pick up: Received passport on September 12, visa approved!

50 days from biometrics, 33 days from the reception of the application.
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Old Sep 13th 2018, 9:48 pm
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Sao Paulo - Brazil

We got a YES!

Long journey...timelines below for both visas:
Fiancé visa - standard
29th Jan: bio
14th Feb: email from HO of received docs
8th May: Refused as our lawyer didn’t announce a previous unmarried partnership properly

13th July we got married overseas

Spouse visa - priority
23 July: bio
9 August: emailed the Home Secretary
20 August: email from HO of received docs
4 Sept: escalated and that stated decision has been made
8 sept: email reply from the HO from the email to the Home Secretary stating our visa was issued on 31 August
13 sept: passport arrived with vignette

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Old Sep 14th 2018, 5:05 pm
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Originally Posted by MrsMagpie
Country applying from: USA (Miami)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa (Wife)
Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 6 August 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: 9 August 2018
Documents sent by UPS to Sheffield: 9 August 2018
Date Documents received at Sheffield: 13 August 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": 15 August 2018
Decision Made Email: 14 September 2018
Documents returned: ...
Approval: ??
UPDATE: received decision made email today. 14 September 2018. Waiting for scheduled delivery date to be updated on UPS tracking.
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Old Sep 14th 2018, 11:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Curlysu
Country applying from: Jamaica
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: July 21st, 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: July 27th, 2018
Date Documents sent to Sheffield: July 27th, 2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: July 30th, 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": August 28 2018 ( very late)
Escalation: Not done yet but, as it's reaching 30 working days, might be escalating soon
Decision Made Email: none

Total Processing Time: 26 BD since Biometrics

UPDATE VISA GRANTED - VISA VIGNETTE VALID FROM 19/09/18- 19-10-18

32 business days after biometrics 😬
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Old Sep 18th 2018, 1:54 am
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Originally Posted by MrsMagpie
Country applying from: USA (Miami)
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa (Wife)
Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: 6 August 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: 9 August 2018
Documents sent by UPS to Sheffield: 9 August 2018
Date Documents received at Sheffield: 13 August 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": 15 August 2018
Decision Made Email: 14 September 2018
Documents returned: 17 September 2018
APPROVED!
UPDATE: Received my approval today, 17 September 2018
27 business days from application received email
23 business days from biometrics
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Old Sep 18th 2018, 6:03 am
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Settlement visa application for Husband and stepson

Country - Kuwait

Online submission - 31/05/2018

Biometrics - 07/06/2018

Documents sent to Sheffield - 12/06/2018

Documents received to Sheffield - 13/06/2018

Documents Returned - 19/06/2018

Pay Dependant IHS payment email 02/07/2018 payment made within an hour

ECO Assigned email - 02/07/2018

08/08/2018 Got my MP involved due to my stepson's residency permit to expire on 24/09/2018 to avoid any delays.

1st Escalation via email 08/08/2018- no response

2nd Escalation via phone 16/08/2018-no response

28/08/2018- Emailed received from UKVI saying 'not a straightforward case'

3rd Escalation via phone 28/08/2018 - no response

4th Escalation via meeting with MP to get Minister involved 31/08/2018

5th Escalation via phone 03/09/2018

07/09/2018 got response from UKVI stating all final checks have been made.

11/09/2018 UKVI called MP to let him know 'a decision has been made'

14/09/2018 called MP and was told that visa was approved and all relevant documents were sent back to kuwait on the 11/09/2018

No email or sms from VFS global kuwait. My partner decided to go to the VAC himself and inquire about it. Apparently the passports have been they for days but no notifications were sent to my husband. Pathetic!!

16/09/20181Visa approved for both 😁😁😁😁

70BD from biometrics
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Old Sep 18th 2018, 6:19 am
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Originally Posted by CK1991
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
Decision Made: 17/09/2018 (My husband called to enquire about the status and was told decision has been made)
Document and passport received: Not yet (Waiting for VFS to message)

30 business days from biometrics
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Old Sep 18th 2018, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Fahmeed
Country applying from: Doha, Qatar
Type of visa applied for: Spouse Settlement Visa
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: Sheffield, UK
Date Application Submitted Online: July 23rd, 2018
Date Bio-metrics Taken: July 30th, 2018
Date Documents sent to Sheffield: July 28th, 2018
Date Documents were Received in Sheffield: July 30th, 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer": August 8th, 2018
Escalation: Not done yet but, as it's reaching 30 working days, might be escalating soon
Decision Made Email: Pending

Total Processing Time: 23 BD since Biometrics
Decision made email: Never received
Received passport: September 18th, 2018


Total Processing Time: 34 BD since Biometrics

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