Finalisation Stage As Well- 6 Months + 3 Weeks.
I've been a lurker on these boards but i haven't really commented for a while. Apologies all. I should really have beenmore pro-active
I'm in the same situation, a breakdown is as follows:
September 2004- Got Married an EEA national
February 2005- Granted 5 Year Residence Card (Dated 8th February)
2007-2008- We had a few personal issues amongst which a miscarriage as well as other financial issues-marriage irretrievably broke down.
March 2008- Got Granted a Decree Absolute. (in all married 3.5 years, all the time residing together and both working in the UK)
April 2008- Informed home office by way of a letter of my change of circumstance with a view to retaining residence.
...Fast Forward to February 2010
February 3rd- Sent Completed EEA4 Form, Passport, Supporting Documents via recorded delivery to the Home Office.
February 4th- Post Office Proof of Parcel Recipt Online
March 3rd- Got Sent COA Dated the 1st March
In the Interim Till August 1st, I had not chased anything up, and have received no calls from the Home Office requesting extra documents.
August 2nd 2010- Called The 0151 6725626 number- got advised application was still "Under Consideration"
Called Again August 9th (6 Months + 5days) and got told my application was with a caseworker. I was advised to call again within a couple of weeks. I asked if they needed any more details or documents from me and the adviser over the phone responded that they do not need any more documents or information from me.
Called Again on the 20th August. I was advised that my application is in it's final stages or with the finalisation department. It was completed on the 10th August. A decision has been reached however they cannot tell me over the phone what it is (fair enough).
Furthermore, it is waiting on a managers final endorsement before all my documents can be collated together and sent out to me.
So it seems the process is that after a decision is made, a few passports are forwarded onto a manager for the manager to rubberstamp the endorsements or decisions. it is only after this point they can send the passports, the accompanying letter and the documents back to the applicant.
I'm assuming as it is holiday season this month- this final process can only take longer. So i'm prepared to wait for another month realistically.
Also, i can only also assume that the outcome will be positive- i've got a good immigration history (still got several valid Visas on my passport), have furnished them all documents and followed all the rules to the letter.
Also, they have not asked me for any further documentation, which i'm assuming they would if a clear decision cannot be made with what i've supplied so far.
However with these guys, you just don't really know.
Which all means i might be wrong on this and my assumption on what the decision could be- Firstly i don't want to jinx myself and secondly it's probably advisable to try not to make informed assumptions when these guys are concerned-as these guys at the Home Office seem to defy common sense and logic.
So i'm keeping my fingers crossed and i will update you if i have any more news.
Good luck to you all.