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My VAT Reclaiming Experience for Mailed Box
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:38:31 PM »
I got my TOR a month after my box of personal items arrived through USPS Priority Mail. After contacting the National Duty Repayment Centre to reclaim my VAT, I was told they just handle claims that were shipped through couriers or shipping companies. I was directed to the Border Force online chat, since lines (queues) were long. Finally, I was told to download and print form BOR286 to reclaim VAT from mailed boxes. I will send it off tomorrow with all the labels from the box and the customs form from the post pffice. I hope this helps someone.
« Last Edit: March 07, 2019, 01:59:57 PM by WARECAT18 »
Country applying from: USA
Visa applied for: Spouse Settlement (Wife)
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Non Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: New York
Application Submitted Online: 26 Oct 2018
Bio-metrics Taken: 30 Oct 2018
Documents sent: 1 Nov 2018
Documents received at New York UKVI Scanning Hub: 2 Nov 2018
Documents arrived in Sheffield: 10 Dec 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an ECO": 14 Dec 2018
Decision Made Email: 21 Jan 2019. 55 wd from bio
Visa rec'd: 23 Jan 2019 57 WD


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Re: My VAT Reclaiming Experience for Mailed Box
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2019, 01:00:58 PM »
I got my TOR a month after my box of personal items arrived through USPS Priority Mail. After contacting the National Duty Repayment Centre to reclaim my VAT, I was told they just handle claims that were shipped through couriers or shipping companies. I was directed to the Border Force online chat, since lines (queues) were long. Finally, I was told to download and print form BOR280 to reclaim VAT from mailed boxes. I will send it off tomorrow with all the labels from the box and the customs form from the post pffice. I hope this helps someone.

Is that the correct name for the form? I've been searching but couldn't finding anything.

Good luck with your claim, please let us know how it goes.  :)
March 28th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).March 7th 2018 ILR. YAY! March 21st NCS&JCAP appointment.


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Re: My VAT Reclaiming Experience for Mailed Box
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2019, 02:01:10 PM »
Is that the correct name for the form? I've been searching but couldn't finding anything.

Good luck with your claim, please let us know how it goes.  :)
I corrected the post to BOR286.
Country applying from: USA
Visa applied for: Spouse Settlement (Wife)
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Non Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: New York
Application Submitted Online: 26 Oct 2018
Bio-metrics Taken: 30 Oct 2018
Documents sent: 1 Nov 2018
Documents received at New York UKVI Scanning Hub: 2 Nov 2018
Documents arrived in Sheffield: 10 Dec 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an ECO": 14 Dec 2018
Decision Made Email: 21 Jan 2019. 55 wd from bio
Visa rec'd: 23 Jan 2019 57 WD


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Re: My VAT Reclaiming Experience for Mailed Box
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2019, 12:24:19 PM »
I just received my VAT refund from HMRC for my mailed box. I still have to contact ParcelForce for my post office charge of £12.00.
Country applying from: USA
Visa applied for: Spouse Settlement (Wife)
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Non Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: New York
Application Submitted Online: 26 Oct 2018
Bio-metrics Taken: 30 Oct 2018
Documents sent: 1 Nov 2018
Documents received at New York UKVI Scanning Hub: 2 Nov 2018
Documents arrived in Sheffield: 10 Dec 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an ECO": 14 Dec 2018
Decision Made Email: 21 Jan 2019. 55 wd from bio
Visa rec'd: 23 Jan 2019 57 WD


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Re: My VAT Reclaiming Experience for Mailed Box
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2019, 12:27:03 PM »
I just received my VAT refund from HMRC for my mailed box. I still have to contact ParcelForce for my post office charge of £12.00.

Congratulations!  :D
March 28th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).March 7th 2018 ILR. YAY! March 21st NCS&JCAP appointment.


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Re: My VAT Reclaiming Experience for Mailed Box
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2019, 01:31:00 PM »
We're in a similar situation - on the refund form, did everything seem straightforward? We really don't have receipts as it's all personal items like clothing and household odds and ends.
Thanks!


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Re: My VAT Reclaiming Experience for Mailed Box
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2019, 04:57:57 PM »
I just had my itemized copy of the US customs form from the package, and all the stickers from the box. I didn't have receipts since all items were used. The form is straight forward. I mailed all of it in with the form.
Country applying from: USA
Visa applied for: Spouse Settlement (Wife)
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Non Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: New York
Application Submitted Online: 26 Oct 2018
Bio-metrics Taken: 30 Oct 2018
Documents sent: 1 Nov 2018
Documents received at New York UKVI Scanning Hub: 2 Nov 2018
Documents arrived in Sheffield: 10 Dec 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an ECO": 14 Dec 2018
Decision Made Email: 21 Jan 2019. 55 wd from bio
Visa rec'd: 23 Jan 2019 57 WD


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Re: My VAT Reclaiming Experience for Mailed Box
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2019, 05:01:49 PM »
You have to apply for the TOR to then apply for a refund of the VAT.
Country applying from: USA
Visa applied for: Spouse Settlement (Wife)
Visa Priority or Non Priority: Non Priority
Office Location Processing Visa: New York
Application Submitted Online: 26 Oct 2018
Bio-metrics Taken: 30 Oct 2018
Documents sent: 1 Nov 2018
Documents received at New York UKVI Scanning Hub: 2 Nov 2018
Documents arrived in Sheffield: 10 Dec 2018
Email stating "Your Application is currently being prepared for consideration by an ECO": 14 Dec 2018
Decision Made Email: 21 Jan 2019. 55 wd from bio
Visa rec'd: 23 Jan 2019 57 WD


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