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Offline ReturningHome

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Re: May timeline
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2017, 02:54:14 PM »
Biometrics done. Package mailed to Sheffield yesterday.

It's a relief to have it finally all away and out of my hands for a while. It's taken a lot of work and hopping between countries to get this far. We meet all the requirements and I've sent all the documents they should need. Just have to keep fingers crossed now and try to pass the time for about 4 weeks.
Online spouse visa application: May 2nd 2017
Biometrics completed: May 8th 2017
Application mailed to Sheffield: May 8th 2017
Email confirmation of receipt: May 11th 2017
Decision email: June 1st 2017
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Re: May timeline
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2017, 05:09:41 PM »
good luck! at least the three of you are together and can distract each other!!!
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Re: May timeline
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2017, 08:14:24 PM »
Well I can finally join a timeline! I just submitted mine and my son's application, printed everything off, yada yada. We have our appointments in 2 weeks. I applied priority, so I'll leave the updates when they are available.
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Re: May timeline
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2017, 08:54:26 PM »
Well I can finally join a timeline! I just submitted mine and my son's application, printed everything off, yada yada. We have our appointments in 2 weeks. I applied priority, so I'll leave the updates when they are available.

Do you mean biometrics appointment? You can try to walk in and get an earlier appointment to speed up your application. :D
Online application submitted April 5, 2017
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Re: May timeline
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2017, 06:55:00 AM »
Well I can finally join a timeline! I just submitted mine and my son's application, printed everything off, yada yada. We have our appointments in 2 weeks. I applied priority, so I'll leave the updates when they are available.

Is there a reason that you're waiting 2 weeks for biometrics?
As AV pointed out, you can always try walking in sooner, many of our members have done that successfully recently.
If you don't want to do that and your nearest center has no earlier appointments, you can re-book at any other center that has better availability.  :)
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Re: May timeline
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2017, 02:46:19 PM »
Hi all-
I sent my documents in on 3 May and they were received in Sheffield on 8 May. Should I be concerned the UKVI haven't given me an email confirmation yet?

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Re: May timeline
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2017, 02:47:36 PM »
Hi all-
I sent my documents in on 3 May and they were received in Sheffield on 8 May. Should I be concerned the UKVI haven't given me an email confirmation yet?

I wouldn't be -- it's only been a couple of days, and a friend of mine for example who applied in January didn't receive his e-mail for one week after it was delivered. I'm sure it's fine. :)
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Re: May timeline
« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2017, 02:52:07 PM »
Thanks! I am just nervous because everyone seems to be saying its 5 weeks for priority from the date they give you the confirmation email, so I am just waiting longer and longer. I know its a matter of days but waiting and being stuck in limbo is agony on my psyche so everyday I don't get an email feels like an eternity!

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Re: May timeline
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2017, 02:56:10 PM »
Thanks! I am just nervous because everyone seems to be saying its 5 weeks for priority from the date they give you the confirmation email, so I am just waiting longer and longer.

No need to worry - some people don't even receive a confirmation email, but their visa still gets processed... they usually send the emails out at the applications are logged into the system, but some get missed accidentally.

Also, the further into summer we get, the longer it usually takes to get the confirmation email, so it can take a couple of weeks or so anyway.

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Re: May timeline
« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2017, 03:15:52 PM »
Thanks. Do you think it will be longer than the 5 weeks for my time frame? That is, 5 weeks from when it was received in Sheffield? Or should I still be counting 5 weeks from their email that may never come?

I have got a job offer with a pending start date based on my arrival but we have put 19 June as a baseline. I know they won't mind too much if I push the date around, but I don't want it to have to be pushed to July or something crazy!

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Re: May timeline
« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2017, 03:38:42 PM »
Thanks. Do you think it will be longer than the 5 weeks for my time frame? That is, 5 weeks from when it was received in Sheffield? Or should I still be counting 5 weeks from their email that may never come?

I have got a job offer with a pending start date based on my arrival but we have put 19 June as a baseline. I know they won't mind too much if I push the date around, but I don't want it to have to be pushed to July or something crazy!

Traditionally priority doesn't take longer than 5 weeks or so, but Sheffield is processing for more countries this year and we are at the start of the summer rush.  In other words, a bit impossible to predict.  I would still think 5 weeks will be about right.

Don't worry too much about your UK start date with your job.  Things move slowly here. employers are used to waiting a long time for employees to be available.   ;)

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Re: May timeline
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2017, 04:03:17 PM »
According to UPS tracking my application was delivered today and my wife got the email confirmation today also.

I'm hoping that we're not looking at any longer than 5 weeks from today to get a decision. I am in the same boat with regards to having a job offer that I may need to push the start date back on. It's a shame that they do not give you some sort of guaranteed turnaround time when you pay extra for priority instead of just putting it to the front of queue. Oh well, fingers crossed.
Online spouse visa application: May 2nd 2017
Biometrics completed: May 8th 2017
Application mailed to Sheffield: May 8th 2017
Email confirmation of receipt: May 11th 2017
Decision email: June 1st 2017
Visa in hand:

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Re: May timeline
« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2017, 04:10:44 PM »
It's a shame that they do not give you some sort of guaranteed turnaround time when you pay extra for priority instead of just putting it to the front of queue. Oh well, fingers crossed.

Fingers crossed :).

They used to guarantee a turnaround time - when priority was first introduced, it was a 15-working-day service for Settlement Priority.

However, I think they ended up getting so many people applying priority that they couldn't get them all processed within the 15 working days (and also if people had complicated applications, they couldn't guarantee 15 working days anyway), so a couple of years ago, they changed the wording to 'pay to have your visa application placed at the front of the queue' and took out any mention of 15 working days.

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Re: May timeline
« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2017, 10:02:31 PM »
Traditionally priority doesn't take longer than 5 weeks or so, but Sheffield is processing for more countries this year and we are at the start of the summer rush.  In other words, a bit impossible to predict.  I would still think 5 weeks will be about right.

Don't worry too much about your UK start date with your job.  Things move slowly here. employers are used to waiting a long time for employees to be available.   ;)


Thank you. Should I be counting 5 weeks from the date UPS told me my packaged arrived or 5 weeks from the confirmation email?

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Re: May timeline
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2017, 07:02:42 AM »

Thank you. Should I be counting 5 weeks from the date UPS told me my packaged arrived or 5 weeks from the confirmation email?
5 weeks from the confirmation email after it arrives in Sheffield.
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