hlassell wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:59 pm
ScottishCanadian wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:56 pm
Hello ... I reside in Vancouver and recently submitted my UKM application, which was received by UKVI on July 20, 2018. Received letter requesting biometrics via email on August 6. Information in that letter required me to enroll my biometrics through VFS Global Services plc. The link to set up an appointment with VFS Global is provided in the letter requesting biometrics. When I set up the appointment, the only locations available in Canada were: Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, St. John's NL, Toronto, and Vancouver. Fortunately for me I live in Vancouver and got an appointment the next day (Aug 7), but it looks like you may have to travel to Edmonton. I asked at my appointment how long it takes VFS to submit my biometrics to UKVI and they said, they've already received them -- everything is submitted electronically immediately. I haven't yet heard anything further from UKVI, but once I do I'll post my full timeline experience. Good luck with arranging your biometrics.
How are things going with your app? I had a question for you. The VFS website is a little weird. But I've registered and there aren't a lot of options to pick so I've entered the info on the letter. It hasn't brought me anywhere to book a date/time yet but its brought me to a payment page requesting 10pounds. Did you have to pay before you booked an apt?
Hi hlassell ... Yes, I did have to pay 10 pounds by credit card before I could book the appointment. I agree the VFS website is a little weird, but in the end there were no glitches. It just took longer at my appt than I figured -- they give you a half-hour time slot so I figured I'd be in and out in 30 minutes. But at the Vancouver office they were running behind and I was actually there almost 2 hours.
That biometrics appt was August 7th ... then I heard nothing, nothing, nothing until last week. I am moving out of town next week and was getting worried I wouldn't receive my documents back before I move, so on Sept 29 I emailed email@example.com
to advise them I'm moving, and that they would have to FedEx back my documents before Oct 16 with the prepaid envelope/completed return waybill I sent with my application, or they would have to complete a new waybill with my new address. I guess the Home Office didn't want to complete a new waybill, so I received an email Oct 8 advising that my documents were ready to be picked up by courier and my application was successful!!
They advised I had to call the courier though, and attached a full-page list of instructions that I had to give FedEx (specific pick-up times, phone numbers the courier had to call when they arrived at the Home Office, etc) -- it was a bit surprising. But I received my documents back 2 days later on Oct 10th with an approval letter.
Now the letter says I have to wait up to 12 weeks for a citizenship ceremony invitation from the local consulate. After 12 weeks, if I haven't received the invitation, I have to email the Home Office.
Home you get your biometrics appt soon and don't have to travel too far. Good luck with the rest of the process.