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November Applications and before: some tips

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November Applications and before: some tips

Post by Blackhole » Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:54 pm

Hi All

i have decided to start this topic for two reasons:

1- to see how many people in here who passed 4 months by now -so we can make a good estimation about the timeline of the application

2- to discuss some tips that they might help people in here to accelerate their process

I will start with my self:

I have applied on 9th Nov which is exactly 4 months and 4 days now
still nothing

called about 9 times and as you may expect all information obtained from the call centre were totally unreliable

MY TIP:

One thing I have learned in here which might help you accelerating your process is:

if you have applied through post; just give them a ring and request your passport to be sent back
most of people who done that recieved their document a long with the approval letter

from what I have seen in here and heared from my friends this trick worked almost 90% times once you passed 3 months.
unfortunatly for the people who applied through NCS like me; this doesnot apply

So Guys; lets share our experience in here and try to help each other by exchanging our ideas

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Post by goonzilla » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:38 pm

Applied Nov 28th, still nothing.

I called 4 times:
1st time: Still undergoing checks (around 2 months ago) - was advised that I'll have to wait till end of Feb/beginning of March for decision
2nd time: Waiting to be allocated to caseworker (I think around a month ago)
3rd time: Can't give updates, less than 6 mths (around 2 weeks ago)
4th time: Same as 3rd (today)

Unfortunately this process seems just random with no identifiable trend!

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Post by goonzilla » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:19 am

Worth mentioning that when I called 4th time, they just said 'application still in progress' as the status, with no clarification on what stage it was at...since it was within 6 months.

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Post by Blackhole » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:51 am

goonzilla

I was thinking to use a similar trick

so I have called HO and claimed that I havenot recieved my Aknowledgment letter yet

requested it to be sent back

they have confirmed that it is on its way

so, lets see if something else comes with it, or not

might worth you try the same!

will update

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Post by goonzilla » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:29 pm

Yes, please do. Will be interesting to see if that works!

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Post by Blackhole » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:38 pm

from what I read:

here is a list of the people who are on the same Nov / OCt / Sep boat

correct me if I am wrong

hen76,
sichuantoufu ,
HANDYMAN,
AlexS,
goonzilla,
jonnyb,
london11,
nebu2008

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Post by cherryplum » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:11 pm

I rang them a few weeks short of 3 months and said I did not get acknowledgement letter and wanted ref number to keep a record of my application and they told me it was with a case worker - 2 days later my application was approved.

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Post by idrissule » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:59 pm

cherryplum wrote:I rang them a few weeks short of 3 months and said I did not get acknowledgement letter and wanted ref number to keep a record of my application and they told me it was with a case worker - 2 days later my application was approved.

Not so sure it helps in all cases. I did try the "trick" but received an acknowledge letter after a week. still waiting for the approval.. August 2011 and still waiting "patiently". :D

its a privilege and not a right!

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Post by AlexS » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:56 pm

I wonder if not receiving the ack letter means that you're not even in the queue... In Idrissule's case, suppose that his application was "lost" until he complained about not receiving the ack. Then they looked up his application, sent the ack, and only then put the application in the back of the queue.

I my case, my ack letter took more than the usual (compared with what I see in people's timelines here). I applied on 26/11, but I only got the ack letter on 6/1
How long did your ack letter take to arrive, Blackhole?
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Post by Blackhole » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:14 pm

AlexS, idrissule, goonzilla

I have Applied on 9th Nov

Acknow - letter received on 23rd Nov


I have caled them two days ago ,
I spoke to a lady, took my details and she Immediatly said that you have called us many times and I will not be able to provide any updates.

I told her I dont want updates but I have requested my Aknow-letter 2 weeks ago and nothing arrived

today I opened my box and a brown envelope was there

Sadly the trick DIDNOT work and all what I get is another copy of the letter.

18 weeks now :x

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Post by goonzilla » Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:44 pm

Interesting...so they keep a record of how many times we call?!

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Post by juliajules1979 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:35 pm

Some of those advisors are awful, I have had the same woman on two occasions, they just treat you like a nuisance, so I wouldn't be suprised if it was her!

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Post by Blackhole » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:30 pm

juliajules1979 wrote:Some of those advisors are awful, I have had the same woman on two occasions, they just treat you like a nuisance, so I wouldn't be suprised if it was her!
and again my nice luck put me at the same lady's hand one more time :D

as rude as usual

she almost used F word :twisted:

forgot her name though :roll:

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Post by friend12345 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:38 pm

Blackhole wrote:
juliajules1979 wrote:Some of those advisors are awful, I have had the same woman on two occasions, they just treat you like a nuisance, so I wouldn't be suprised if it was her!
and again my nice luck put me at the same lady's hand one more time :D

as rude as usual

she almost used F word :twisted:

forgot her name though :roll:
My timeline
Applied: 8 March 2012
Received: 9 March
Payment taken: 14 March
Acknowledgement letter received today ( 19 March ) dated 14 March.

Lets's see what happens next LOL

Good Luck folks!!!

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Post by goonzilla » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:19 am

Any news fellas?

Couldn't resist and ended up calling again this morning! They say it's now with a caseworker...and that once a caseworker is assigned, it takes about 4 weeks. Said it could be a case of the caseworker sending out the letter today, or 4 weeks from now.

Any one know how long it normally takes once it's assigned to a caseworker? Of course, this could all be pointless since their updates don't tend to be accurate anyway!

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Post by MyHSMPApplication » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:31 am

Hi Goonzilla / all,

Is there a pattern to your application ? i.e. Any common reason why the application is taking this long ? I have heard cases for
WP + HSMP + Tier 1 G + ILR taking less than 6 weeks; hence my question

KR
PG

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Post by AlexS » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:49 am

The only reason I can think my application can be more "difficult" than others (5 years EEA family member + 1year ILR), is because I have travelled out of the UK many times. Not even close to the maximum allowed time, but for many short periods.

But still I don't think this can cause such delay, on the 26th it'll be 4 months since I applied, when some other people got it in 2 months.
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Post by Blackhole » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:46 pm

MyHSMPApplication wrote:Hi Goonzilla / all,

Is there a pattern to your application ? i.e. Any common reason why the application is taking this long ? I have heard cases for
WP + HSMP + Tier 1 G + ILR taking less than 6 weeks; hence my question

KR
PG
as said before dont think there is any pattern
and from my point of view is all depend on how lucky you are.

I know a guy who never worked claiming benifits all the time and got his approval in 6 weeks

other Italian friend waited 7 months before received any reply although he was a good tax payer.

I believe that some applications got forgotten by some lazy case workers and the proof is when you have a chance to remind them with your application like requesting your Doc back ; there is high chance you recieve an approval immediatly

total mess!!!

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Post by Blackhole » Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:45 pm

Hay Guys

any news from November family?

anyone?

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Post by mamou » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:28 pm

Blackhole wrote:Hay Guys

any news from November family?

anyone?
How about september !! :evil:
Applied 23 sep 11
ack on 7th Oct 11
Called 10-15 times. It was with a case worker around xmas but now under security check :twisted: :evil:
I'm speechless :roll: ...waiting

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