UK Spouse Visa STRICTLY TIMELINES ONLY - NO CHAT

Old Feb 27th 2020, 10:21 pm
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Application location: Toronto, Canada
Visa type: Spouse Settlement and Child Dependent
Priority or non-priority: Non-Priority
Date online application made: December 17, 2019
Date biometrics taken at VFS: January 10, 2020
Date of email confirming Entry Clearance Officer was assigned:February 4, 2020
Date of email asking for IHS child dependent payment: February 4, 2020 (Payment done same day I received email)
Date when email received stating decision was made: February 13, 2020 (I received an email for my visa decision but not for my child)
Date when spouse passport delivered: February 18, 2020
Date when email received for dependent's case escalated: February 24, 2020
Date when decision was made on letter for dependent: February 17, 2020

Date when dependent passport delivered: February 27, 2020
Spouse Visa: Approved
Dependent Visa: Approved

26 BD since biometrics for spouse visa
35 BD since biometrics for dependent visa

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Old Feb 28th 2020, 3:01 pm
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Application location: Colombia
Visa type: Civil partner settlement
Priority or non-priority: Non-Priority
Date online application made: 24 January 2020
All supporting documents self uploaded to VFS website by: 29 January 2020

Date biometrics taken at VFS: 4 February 2020
Confirmation email received: 6 February

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Old Mar 1st 2020, 4:42 am
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Application location: NYC, USA
Visa type: Spouse Settlement
Priority or non-priority: Priority
Date online application made: January 17, 2019
Date biometrics taken: January 20, 2020
Date of email confirming Entry Clearance Officer was assigned: January 22, 2020
Date when email received stating decision was made: January 27, 2020
Date when passport delivered: January 28, 2020
Approved
7 WD From start to finish

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Old Mar 3rd 2020, 7:48 am
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Settlement Visa- UK unmarried partner
Non- priority
Applying from New Zealand
Nationality: United States
Online application: 17th January, 2020
Bio-metrics: 22nd Janusry, 2020 Christchurch
Documents scanned at VFS: 6th Febuary, 2020

Confirmation of receipt in Sheffield: 6th Febuary, 2020
Decision made: 26th Febuary, 2020
Email to collect documents from VFS: Awaiting
Passport arrived: 26th Febuary 2020

Good luck!


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Old Mar 4th 2020, 9:54 pm
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Application location: Colombia
Visa type: Civil partner settlement
Priority or non-priority: Non-Priority
Date online application made: 24 January 2020
All supporting documents self uploaded to VFS website by: 29 January 2020

Date biometrics taken at VFS: 4 February 2020
Confirmation email received: 6 February 2020
Decision email received with application successful letter attached: 4 March 2020
Passport received: awaiting


21 working days from biometrics to visa approval.
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Old Mar 10th 2020, 2:17 pm
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PRIORITY UK SPOUSE VISA
VAC CENTRE: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
ONLINE APPLICATION & FEES SUBMITTED: 11/02/2020
SUPPORTING DOCUMENT UPLOADED ONLINE: 11/02/2020
BIOMETRICS & PASSPORT SUBMITTED: 25/02/2020
APPLICATION BEING PREPARED FOR ECO: 26/02/2020
PROCESSED VISA APPLICATION AT VAC: 09/03/2020
PASSPORT COLLECTION EMAIL: 09/03/2020
PASSPORT COLLECTED: 10/03/2020
VISA GRANTED

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Old Mar 21st 2020, 4:37 am
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Non-priority UK spouse visa

Location- Mumbai VAC

Online application- 19th Feb 2020

Biometrics- 25th Feb 2020

Email confirmation of application received- 25th Feb 2020

No communication after that

Application reached VAC email- 20th March 2020

Passport collected- 20th March 2020

VISA GRANTED

17 working days

Goodluck to you all! 😊
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Old Mar 23rd 2020, 11:39 am
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Application location: Russia
Visa type: Spouse Settlement
Priority or non-priority: Priority
Date online application made: February 27, 2020
Date biometrics taken: March 2, 2020
Date of email confirming Entry Clearance Officer was assigned: March 2, 2020
Date when passport delivered: March 23, 2020
Approved

15 WD From biometrics to passport delivery
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Old Jun 15th 2020, 1:29 am
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Applying from: Sydney, Australia
Nationality: Australian
Type of visa: Spousal (Family life - Initial Entry Clearance as a partner)
Application submitted: Online on 13 February 2020. All documents self-uploaded on same date.
Priority/Non-priority: Non-priority
Biometrics taken: at Sydney VFS Office, 14 February 2020 (selected option to keep passport)
Text confirmation that application received: 6 March 2020
Email received requesting passport at VFS Sydney Office: 13 March 2020
Passport submitted at VFS Sydney Office: 16 March 2020
[UK went into lock down: 23 March 2020]
Enquiry submitted to UKVI and VFS about application progress: 30 March 2020 - application on hold.
Email received confirming that application is still on hold due to COVID-19: 15 April 2020
[Visa offices started re-opening early June 2020]
Text confirmation that passport and visa will be delivered to address: 10 June 2020
Passport and visa returned by courier: 12 June 2020

Visa granted. Very relieved. Thanks to all those who advised and supported on this forum.

My husband (applicant) has been given 90 days to enter the UK which I understand is different to usual. I assume UKVI is allowing for the various travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

85 working days from biometrics to passport return.
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Old Jul 1st 2020, 12:16 am
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Applying from: Osaka, Japan
Nationality: Japanese
Type of visa: Spousal (Family life - Initial Entry Clearance as a partner)
Application submitted: Online on 15 March 2020. All documents self-uploaded on same date.
Priority/Non-priority: Priority
Biometrics taken: at Osaka VFS Office, 19 March 2020
Email confirmation that application received, being prepared for consideration: 20 March 2020
[UK went into lock down: 23 March 2020]
Email received confirming that application is still on hold due to COVID-19: 16 April 2020
Request for further documents: 16 April 2020
Documents sent: 21 April 2020

Application has not been straightforward email AND “Your application is on hold. Once the VACs re-open and your application can be processed, we will contact you.” email: 10 June 2020
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Visa offices in Japan reopened 22 June 2020]
Awaiting further news as of 30th June.
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Old Jul 2nd 2020, 6:52 am
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Applying from: Malaysia
Nationality: USA
Type of visa: Spousal (Family life - Initial Entry Clearance as a partner)
Application submitted: 17th June
Priority/Non-priority: Non-Priority
Biometrics taken: 19th June
Decision made: 1st July
Passport Collected: 2nd July

Total time from Bio - Pickup: 9 working days.
90 day entry granted.

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Old Jul 6th 2020, 3:17 pm
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Applying from: Melbourne
Nationality: Australian
Type of visa: Spousal
Application submitted: 4th June
Priority/Non-priority: Non-Priority
Biometrics taken: 9th June
Decision made: 6th July
Passport Collected: 6th July

Total time from Bio - Pickup: 20 working days.
90 day entry granted.
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Old Jul 18th 2020, 10:37 am
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Applying from: Osaka, Japan
Nationality: Japanese
Type of visa: Spousal (Family life - Initial Entry Clearance as a partner)
Application submitted: Online on 15 March 2020. All documents self-uploaded on same date.
Priority/Non-priority: Priority
Biometrics taken: at Osaka VFS Office, 19 March 2020
Email confirmation that application received, being prepared for consideration: 20 March 2020
[UK went into lock down: 23 March 2020]
Email received confirming that application is still on hold due to COVID-19: 16 April 2020
Request for further documents: 16 April 2020
Documents sent: 21 April 2020

Application has not been straightforward email AND “Your application is on hold. Once the VACs re-open and your application can be processed, we will contact you.” email: 10 June 2020
[
Visa offices in Japan reopened 22 June 2020]
Awaiting further news as of 30th June.
Phoned to chase up status on Fri 3rd July, was told I’d receive a reply within 15 working days

Received email Weds 8th July: “I have passed this escalation on to the team dealing with your case. Your VAC has now re-opened so please be assured that we will conclude your application and return any documents we hold as soon as possible.”

Emailed MP Weds 15th July
Received application received email @3:30am Friday 17th July (so from Osaka centre): “The processed visa application for reference number - XXXX was received at the UK Visa Application Centre on 17/Jul/2020If a courier service was purchased from VFS Global, your processed application will be delivered to the chosen address.”
Received passport in the post with visa, and letter dated 9th July today, Saturday 18th July.
This difference between letter date and date of receipt makes me think that they do actually send the passport to the U.K.- I had always assumed the decision was made in Sheffield and the visa was stuck in locally.

86 working days from application date/83 working days from biometrics appointment date to receiving visa. Nearly 3x longer than promised 30 days... Thanks to everyone who answered my questions, and good luck to all waiting!

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Application location: Philippines
Visa type: Spouse Visa settlement
Priority or non-priority: Non-Priority
Date online application made: 01 July 2020
Documents scanned by VFS: 14 July 2020

Date biometrics taken at VFS: 14 July 2020
Txt msge received from VFS application forwarded to UKVI: 14 July 2020
Confirmation email about officer assigned: NONE
Decision email: AWAITING


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Old Aug 10th 2020, 7:52 am
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Applying from: Dubai, UAE
Nationality: American
Type of visa: Spousal (Family life - Initial Entry Clearance as a partner)
Application submitted: Online on 15 April 2020. All documents self-uploaded on same date.
Priority/Non-priority: Non-priority
Biometrics taken: at Dubai VFS, on 28 June 2020 (first day of opening post lockdown) - selected 'Keep My Passport' service
Text confirmation that application forwarded to UKVI: 28 June 2020
Email received requesting additional information: 16 July 2020
Requested documents sent: 16 July 2020
Enquiry submitted to UKVI about application progress: 30 July 2020
Email received confirming that a decision has been made: 30 July 2020
Text/Email from VFS to confirm application processed and has reached their office and to wait for further communication from them: 06 August 2020
Email from VFS to present passport: 09 August 2020

Passport given in and visa stamped/returned: 9 August 2020

Visa granted with 90 days to enter

31 working days from biometrics to passport return
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