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Visa application is under process at the British High Commission

Discussion in 'UK Visa and Immigration Help' started by Kuya, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Kuya
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    Kuya The Geeky One Staff Member

    Every day, like a possessed crazy person I scan through the VFS tracking system to see if anything new pops up that my wife hasn't been updated with or hasn't been able to update me with. And for almost a month now, each day reads "Visa application is under process at the British High Commission".

    Now, I know this simply means that the powers that be have our files and visa application and it could be updated any day from now (or even a month or two from now - ikes) but I really wish they'd develop some other system to update applicants with stuff like "in the queue to be dealt with" and "being dealt with by ECO" and stuff.

    Another thing I find frustrating is that the September statistics show Manila based EEA permits took about 15 days before 100% of them had been decided on, whereas the spouse visas took up to 120 days before 100% had been decided (though 94% of these were in 60 days) and it is through the spouse visa route where we fork out a small fortune just to apply...

    Oh well, just sounding off:eek:
  2. Aromulus
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    Aromulus The Don Staff Member


    mmmmmhhhhhhhhhhh....

    sour grapes.jpg

    :erm::rolleyes:
  3. paulvnurse
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    paulvnurse New Member

    Hi, my first post but this site has helped keep me sane.
    Today my wife got her spousal visa. We have been so stressed but have achieved it under the new rules. Phew. Thanks all
  4. Aromulus
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    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

    We all are Extremely pleased to have been of some help.;)

    You are most welcome aboard..:welcome:

    Please, when you have time, do share your experience, as newbies in LDR will draw comfort and encourgement, like you did yourself...:like:
  5. paulvnurse
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    paulvnurse New Member

    hmmm...i thought i posted the time line
  6. paulvnurse
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    paulvnurse New Member

    Jane and I managed our own visa application. We married in Rizal Aug 4 2012. We had to wait one month to submit 'cos thats how long the marriage cert took. Straight after the wedding we trawled the net and UKBA site for specific info on what docs where required, found only advisory stuff so followed as best we could and submitted September 12th. Then silence except for change in VFS tracking status. October 15th horror of horrors realised we had submitted a dogs dinner of documentation after seeing true instructions on this site. I got all the necessary together here in the UK and DHL to Jane...she double checked and couriered to UKBA Manila. Radio silence broken !!! a prompt email confirms receipt of docs. More silence till 7th November....scary e-mail application 'deferred' only 5 days to sort out !!. Accompanying e-mail very ambiguous about what is wrong. Emergency measures I grab every piece of paper i own and fly to Manila. We spend a day of frustrated heartbreak reading and rereading the e-mail from UKBA. It is our fault bank statement and payslips out of sequence ....aaargh !!!! We forward copies of all documents and the original missing bank statement. cry a bit and blame each other.November 14th E mail tells us visa is ready and will be with us in a few days. Jane cant wait goes and collects. I have to fly home. Visa in bag !!! 9 horrible weeks over.

    My words of wisdom (with 20/20 hindsight). Ignore tracking and monthly stats.... meaningless torture of the already tortured !!!.
    In fairness to UKBA if you give them exactly what they ask for exactly when they ask for it and how they ask for it you get what you are asking for. Very tough on the relationship, trying to interpret and re interpret the monthly stats does not help just allow up to twelve weeks. Good luck all my fellow applicants, when it finally happens its a great feeling. Paul n Jane
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012
  7. Markham
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    Markham Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Nobody seems to have noticed this ...
    We only have High Commissions in Commonwealth countries and as far as I know, the Philippines ain't one of them!
  8. Kuya
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    Kuya The Geeky One Staff Member

    Interesting... Either it has been shipped off to India or elsewhere, or it's a typo... Personally, I'm inclined to think it is a typo.
  9. ajisgod2012
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    We did use an Immigration Agency in Cebu as we both did not have a clue as to what information was required. We applied for the Fiancee Visa. We passed all our evidence to them who then compiled it together and in some sort of order that made it easier for the ECO to look through. So I will list what we provided so it may help others:

    Applicant documents

    Passport
    2 passport sized photographs
    NSO birth certificate
    NSO Cenomar
    IELTS result ( i think she had to get a score of 4)
    Employment certificate
    Bank Certificate to show savings

    Sponsors Documents
    Birth Certificate - I had to get a copy of one as i lost my original years ago
    Copy of passport - Got my picture page notorised and then photocopied visa pages
    Tenancy agreement - Had to get a letter from Landlord to show agreement in place for next year as I only had 3 months left on current contract, also got licence to occupy for my partner
    Employment contract
    Letter from my employer
    2 years P60 (2010 and 2011)
    A years worth of wage slips
    6 months bank statements - las 6 months (Oct - April 2012)
    NSO Cenomar - my partner got this for me
    Evidence of relationship - used about 20 photos of us together, cards we sent each other, Yahoo chat logs, e-mails and mobile phone bill and western union remetticences
    Evidence of intention to marry - ceremony booking at registry office, quotes for a limo, quotes for a photographer and quotes for a restaurant afterwards

    I think that was it but the immigration agency put it together in a neat pack! The Immigration ageny then arranged an appointment with the VFS center in Cebu. We both went there and I had to wait outside whilst my girlfriend went and had her biometric stuff done. The whole appointment was about an hour. We then got an e-mail with our reference number followed by another e-mail on 1st November to say the visa is under process in Manila. Novembe 14th we got the email to say the visa is on its way and November 15th my girlfriends passport arrived with Visa in it!

    Money well spent with the Immigration agency who heled us every step of the way.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012
  10. Aromulus
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    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

    I am glad that all went well, and wish you both all the best for the future.:like:
  11. paulvnurse
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    paulvnurse New Member

    AJ Hi and congrats. Can i ask when you submitted your application, i am just being nosey really as to how long it took. Paul n Jane
  12. ajisgod2012
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    Hi Paul

    The appointment at the VFS Center in Cebu was on the 26th October. We got an e-mail on the 1st November to say the visa is under process and then on the 14th November my girlfriend got the e-mail the e-mail that said 'your visa will be despatched shortly'. The next day her passport was delivered with the visa in it. So roughly 3 weeks
  13. paulvnurse
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    paulvnurse New Member

    wow. well done
  14. Kuya
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    Kuya The Geeky One Staff Member

    Congrats! I think I should have used this agency as me and my wife are still waiting..

    Though, I've worked out from statistics (because I am sad) that after 40 days 3.55% of applicants get approved every day (or just over 1 applicant) so I am hopeful to hear from VFS soon.
  15. ajisgod2012
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    Kuya - I hope you hear from them soon as well. My fingers are crossed for you
  16. Manila_Paul
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    haha, I'm in exactly the same boat. In fact, it is usually my wife now that informs me first if anything has changed. Wala pa din (still nothing) is the txt I seem to get every day right now. Filipinos aren't the most patient folks in the world. Look at the drivers for a prime example! I blame the Japanese for making them queue and queue long during the war. It seems to have entered the Pinoy psyche.

    The EEA thing really hurts for me because I missed out on applying via the dual citizenship route by just a few weeks. So much less hassle. That visa is essentially EU law, as I understand it, and part of the law states that you can't be messing around people for months on end. So this is why it is prioritised.

    Agree on the updates. It would be a huge help and put the mind at rest (my wife, more than me).
  17. Manila_Paul
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    Wow, that is super fast and impressive given there have been quite a few stories of them being much harsher on the fiance visa applications of late. I think we have pretty much submitted everything you have there (perhaps bar the NSO Cenomar) - that is for the spouse visa and we're coming up to 7 weeks since application in a couple of days time...
  18. ajisgod2012
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    Manila_Paul - I think because our evidence and everything was presented in such a fashion that the ECO could just tick all our requirements off in order probably helped with the speed of issue. We were told by the VFS people that it could be 2-3 months so we ere expecting a long wait! Also I think that because we passed all the financial, accomodation, genuine relationship and intention to marry with flying colours it made it easier for the ECO to say yes!

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