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EEA4 fast processing times or wishful thinking

Post by lina katen » Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:19 am

Hi
I applied for EEA4 on around the 25th of january 2010. UKBA called my lawyer asking for the latest payslips. I might have missed the last month's payslip to complete the 5 years required excersising traety right not sure.

My question:


1-Starting in june 2009 UKBA check all applications before proccessing.If an EEA4 application is incomplete do the UKBA return the application to you?

2-I did not recieve COA. Is that normal procedures to ask for such information (latest payslips) before issueing COA?If not does that mean they started processing my appliation?



3-I read online that in the last few months there are people who got EEA4 and EEA2 visa's approved in just a month or even a few weeks. Do you think this will be the case with me or just wishful thinking.

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Post by minnie77 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:20 am

1) It did happen to me. I send EEA3 & EEA4 on 6/01/10, as it got return on 22/01/10 because they need evidence of 5 years resident in UK from me (Non-EEA). Re-send it with more document next day

2) Receive my COA last week, so hopefully mean my application is complete this time

3) I guess they did improve their processing time according they have already checked my application form within 2 weeks since I send it.

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Post by Plum70 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:24 pm

Applications are checked by UKBA admin staff quite quickly now to ensure validity & necessary docs have been provided. This is different from applications being processed and finalised by (senior) case workers.

The UKBA's service standards may have improved since Dec. 09 but I doubt that this translates to a substantial amount of RCs being issued in a month or so.

I may be proved wrong though...

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Post by lina katen » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:23 pm

Thanks Plum and minnie for your reply. I have a feeling that my application was returned and my lawyer has not told me. He claimed that some one from the UKBA has called him requiring more information to complete the application. The only thing that threw me off was the fact that my lawyer told me the application was not returned. If it was returned then I can undertand the procedure.

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Post by gemma » Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:16 pm

Hi All,

Any more updates about your EEA4 application ? Have you received your passport back yet ?

I am in similar boat, submitted in late Jan2010, and received confirmation early Feb. Immigration lawyer hired by my company has been helping me with my case. But have no replies or updates from home office since then. So far until today, it's over 6 months. Really frustrated and desperate wanting to go travelling... Have been solicitor once a week, but they claimed there wasn't much they could do about it!!!! Called home office, never went through, once luckily enough to talk to somebody on the phone, the woman refused to review ANY INFORMATION!!!

Any ones has been informed ?

gosh, with i could receive it back asap!

Gemma :evil: :twisted:

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hi..

Post by dj25000 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:03 am

HI Gemma,

Why dont you ask for your passport back...the EU rules say HO has to complete teh process within 6 months max..i wonder if you ask for your passpoprt back saying you need to travel urgently, they will simply just return your passport with required visa...i have heard few cases like this..

Best of luck.

D

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Post by gemma » Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:33 pm

thanks dj25000 .
hmm.. don't want to postpone the process time again!.

Really don't know what to do :-(

Anyone has got their passport back!?

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Post by dj25000 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:30 pm

HI,
I have spoken to the HO and they said having your passport back does not make any difference to your queue or processing time. This was confirmed to me by 2 different persons when i called HO last week.

But hey, if you can wait , why not. :D

best of luck.

D

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Post by coconutsforme » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:24 am

gemma wrote:Hi All,

Any more updates about your EEA4 application ? Have you received your passport back yet ?

I am in similar boat, submitted in late Jan2010, and received confirmation early Feb. Immigration lawyer hired by my company has been helping me with my case. But have no replies or updates from home office since then. So far until today, it's over 6 months. Really frustrated and desperate wanting to go travelling... Have been solicitor once a week, but they claimed there wasn't much they could do about it!!!! Called home office, never went through, once luckily enough to talk to somebody on the phone, the woman refused to review ANY INFORMATION!!!

Any ones has been informed ?

gosh, with i could receive it back asap!

Gemma :evil: :twisted:
Hi Gemma,

I really hope that you have already received your passports, and lying under the sun somewhere in the Medditerranean)

If not, i would suggest, you keep calling them (try in the early hours of morning when lines are less busy) if someone doesn't disclose you the information, on your next try someone will.

Let us know the outcome.
Ta

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Post by minnie77 » Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:43 pm

gemma wrote:thanks dj25000 .
hmm.. don't want to postpone the process time again!.

Really don't know what to do :-(

Anyone has got their passport back!?
I have my passport returned yesterday.

My story is :

I send my passport to them on 5/01/10, call them on 25/07/2010. Been told my application is in the final stage. Told them I need to be travel at the end of August, they promise I should have my passport back by then. Call again Last Monday, been told to wait until last Friday. Call again at Last Friday, said I really need to have the passport back as holiday already booked. The person on the phone still insist it's still in the final stage and if I request my passport back will delay the process. But I told them I really need it as my husband grandmother is having her 93th birthday party, so we need to go back to Holland to celebrate her birthday.

We finally received our passport back yesterday with the permanent residence card & permit have already been issued on the 8th july 2010. I just don't understand why they stilll keep telling us our application are still in final stage when it have been finished moer than a month ago. So if I didn't request my passport back, I don't know how long I will still need to wait to get it return.

So I suggest you call them and said you need the passport to travel. It should help.

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HI MInnie

Post by dj25000 » Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:59 pm

HI Minnie, I am in the final stage of sending my aplication for eea4 . Would you let me know what supporting documents you sent exactly for your self and your sponsor please.

Also, would it be possible for you let me know what does it say on your the PR stamp on the passport please.

Best regards,
DJ

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Post by gemma » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:28 pm

Hi minnie77,

Thanks, unfortunately, i am still waiting here!!! haven no where to go and it's been 8 months since i took long holiday, almost dying right now :-(

sighhhhhh... hopefully soon. my lawyer has managed to talk to someone confirming it's in final stage, but couldn't disclose when i will get it back.. Gosh it's killing me. They are unbelievable.!
coconutsforme wrote:
gemma wrote:Hi All,

Any more updates about your EEA4 application ? Have you received your passport back yet ?

I am in similar boat, submitted in late Jan2010, and received confirmation early Feb. Immigration lawyer hired by my company has been helping me with my case. But have no replies or updates from home office since then. So far until today, it's over 6 months. Really frustrated and desperate wanting to go travelling... Have been solicitor once a week, but they claimed there wasn't much they could do about it!!!! Called home office, never went through, once luckily enough to talk to somebody on the phone, the woman refused to review ANY INFORMATION!!!

Any ones has been informed ?

gosh, with i could receive it back asap!

Gemma :evil: :twisted:
Hi Gemma,

I really hope that you have already received your passports, and lying under the sun somewhere in the Medditerranean)

If not, i would suggest, you keep calling them (try in the early hours of morning when lines are less busy) if someone doesn't disclose you the information, on your next try someone will.

Let us know the outcome.
Ta
:evil: :x

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Post by gemma » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:29 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
minnie77 wrote:
gemma wrote:thanks dj25000 .
hmm.. don't want to postpone the process time again!.

Really don't know what to do :-(

Anyone has got their passport back!?
I have my passport returned yesterday.

My story is :

I send my passport to them on 5/01/10, call them on 25/07/2010. Been told my application is in the final stage. Told them I need to be travel at the end of August, they promise I should have my passport back by then. Call again Last Monday, been told to wait until last Friday. Call again at Last Friday, said I really need to have the passport back as holiday already booked. The person on the phone still insist it's still in the final stage and if I request my passport back will delay the process. But I told them I really need it as my husband grandmother is having her 93th birthday party, so we need to go back to Holland to celebrate her birthday.

We finally received our passport back yesterday with the permanent residence card & permit have already been issued on the 8th july 2010. I just don't understand why they stilll keep telling us our application are still in final stage when it have been finished moer than a month ago. So if I didn't request my passport back, I don't know how long I will still need to wait to get it return.

So I suggest you call them and said you need the passport to travel. It should help.

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Post by gusola » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:28 pm

Hi boys and girls!

I'm more or less in the same position as you guys, I sent my stuff on 23Feb10 and recvd my COA on 10Mar10, the only difference with you guys is that my European wife (now ex) left the country 3 years ago and I have no way of tracking her down, honestly she disappeared from the face of the earth...
Obvisouly we comply with the "retention of residence" as we were married for more than 3 years and she exercised treaty rights for more than a year here in the UK (confirmed by the HO in numerous calls over the years)...plus I have been working for the same company since I arrived in 2005, got a degree from a UK univ in the meantime, etc...
It is been now 6 months since I sent the ppwrk but no a word from the HO...I'm scared to death they might refuse my application on the basis that she left me and the country, I tell you guys everyday that passes by I become more and more miserable and nervous...as I dont wanna go or be sent back home, I have a life here and hope it will continue to be so, as opposed to a lot of ppl I know, I DO like this country and I'm grateful for what it's given me so far and hope to be here in the long run...
I just wanna see the back end of this soon and of course a positive result will help!
Just wanted to share my experience...
by the way the number I got it goes straight into answer machine...could anyone provide a new one for me plsssss???

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Post by troubled » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:55 pm

gusola wrote:Hi boys and girls!

I'm more or less in the same position as you guys, I sent my stuff on 23Feb10 and recvd my COA on 10Mar10, the only difference with you guys is that my European wife (now ex) left the country 3 years ago and I have no way of tracking her down, honestly she disappeared from the face of the earth...
Obvisouly we comply with the "retention of residence" as we were married for more than 3 years and she exercised treaty rights for more than a year here in the UK (confirmed by the HO in numerous calls over the years)...plus I have been working for the same company since I arrived in 2005, got a degree from a UK univ in the meantime, etc...
It is been now 6 months since I sent the ppwrk but no a word from the HO...I'm scared to death they might refuse my application on the basis that she left me and the country, I tell you guys everyday that passes by I become more and more miserable and nervous...as I dont wanna go or be sent back home, I have a life here and hope it will continue to be so, as opposed to a lot of ppl I know, I DO like this country and I'm grateful for what it's given me so far and hope to be here in the long run...
I just wanna see the back end of this soon and of course a positive result will help!
Just wanted to share my experience...
by the way the number I got it goes straight into answer machine...could anyone provide a new one for me plsssss???
Call this number 01516725626 it is cheap and costs just like national rate.

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Post by gusola » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:03 pm

Hi Troubled

Thank you! I just tried this number but it's the same answer machine, it says: "we can't provide information...etc etc...for up to date processing times go to www...

Any other number?

Thank you

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Post by coconutsforme » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:45 am

gusola wrote:Hi Troubled

Thank you! I just tried this number but it's the same answer machine, it says: "we can't provide information...etc etc...for up to date processing times go to www...

Any other number?

Thank you
there's no other number! Try early in the mornings, eventually you'll get through

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Post by gusola » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:26 am

thank you! I'll keep trying...

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Post by troubled » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:04 am

gusola wrote:Hi Troubled

Thank you! I just tried this number but it's the same answer machine, it says: "we can't provide information...etc etc...for up to date processing times go to www...

Any other number?

Thank you
that number works all the time,normally you are placed in a queue.When you call press option 1 and 2

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Post by gusola » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:22 pm

Hi Troubled!

At last I managed to get through to them, they said they sent a letter on 18th Aug in the envelope provided by me (recorded delivery) obviously they can't provide any info (re good or bad news), now I went into the royal mail webpage but that reference number still hasn't been recvd by them, so dnt know what happened there, just play the waiting game now I suppose...I ran out of nails already!

thank you very much my friend I'll keep u guys posted...

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