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Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:34 pm

Hi,

My application for purple certificate has been finally submitted by my employed 10 days ago. It is for intra company transfer.

I am now in Croatia and waiting to get the certificate after which I will move to London together with my partner.

My questions are:
Does anyone know how long will this process take?
Did any of you have experience of the process and did you have any problems?

Thank you / Hvala :)

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:01 am

Update: Called UK Visas and Immigration on 00 44 203 481 1736 (number with £1.37 per minute charges) to enquire about this.

The person helping me, though polite, really had no clue about this and kept on talking about a Visa. After a while she finally realised we are talking about Purple Certificate at which point she just said she cannot tell me anything about them as processing times depend on 'individual circumstances'. At this point I really pressed for some answer, after discussing it with someone while keeping me on hold the operator said that it normally takes between 10 and 15 working days to process but again it all depends on individual circumstances.

Again, lovely operator but I find it a bit worrisome that they did not know anything about the certificate and Croatia (they kept saying I was from Ukraine). This pleasure cost me £20.

Up to now I heard it can take up to 6 months, then 8-12 weeks and now 10-15 working days to issue a purple registration certificate. This is really confusing especially since visa applications from outside of EU take considerably less time to process than for an EU citizen.

Another confusing thing is that we Croatians are not subject to immigration control so when I sent my documents (literally passport, 2 photos, 12 payslips and the form) I wonder what is the point of all this and if they need to do it why cannot it be done faster??

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by dapto10 » Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:52 pm

Hello there,

What you benefit from is freedom of movement within the EU but this is different from immigration controls, at least in the eye of the Home Office because you (like all other EU nationals residing in another member state) have to meet certain criteria, i.e. exercise Treaty Rights. Therefore you have conditional access to the country.

The way the HO deals with EU applications and sometimes chaotic, and ultimately difficult to understand, especially for someone coming from the Continent where government departments usually deal effectively and fast.

Your certificate could indeed take up to 6 months but I think for your particular case (Croatia is the only EU country with transitional controls), it shouldn't take more than 3 months. They can't expedite it and can't give you any status updates because no-one except the case worker assigned to your case knows. And you will never be told the name of that case worker.

Sadly this is the way our Home Office works. There isn't any particular point, that's just the way it is. It is slow but fair.

Here's a question though. You mentioned submitting passport, photographs and payslips.

Did you submit the Certificate of Sponsorship number of your employer? It's required in Section 4 of form CA(3).


Hope this helps.

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:03 am

Thanks for your input.

Yes, I did get the Certificate of Sponsorship from my employer. They have it streamlined as it is a multinational with tons of overseas workers.

What grates is that my colleagues from all over the world who have been posted to UK at same time as me get their visas much faster than I, an EU citizen, will get my certificate.

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by Pamekpa » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:51 pm

Hello,

I applied for my purple registration certificate on April 24th. It is now more than 3 months past and Im waiting. I am also sponsored by an employer. I hope you have more luck than I, this is really frustrating that although EU citizens we still have to wait so long for just a work authorization.

All the best

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:09 pm

Pamekpa wrote:Hello,

I applied for my purple registration certificate on April 24th. It is now more than 3 months past and Im waiting. I am also sponsored by an employer. I hope you have more luck than I, this is really frustrating that although EU citizens we still have to wait so long for just a work authorization.

All the best
3 months and still nothing, wow :shock:

My application is for intra-company transfer, yours too?

I still find it unbelievable that someone from outside of EU gets a visa in 2 weeks and we have to wait for so long.

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by Pamekpa » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:48 pm

No, it's not an intracompany transfer. I am a Professor and the j university is sponsoring me. Thought this would be a straightforward case but I guess it still takes long!

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:08 am

Pamekpa wrote:No, it's not an intracompany transfer. I am a Professor and the j university is sponsoring me. Thought this would be a straightforward case but I guess it still takes long!
Wish you get it asap, best of luck :)

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by Pamekpa » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:41 pm

Hvala same to you!

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:58 am

Pamekpa wrote:Hvala same to you!
Are you still waiting? I am now in my forth week.

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:17 pm

Update

After 5 weeks my agency finally received the acknowledgement letter "Your application has been received and is being considered"

Does anyone know in practice how long will it now take for them to make a decision and issue my purple certificate or refuse and send back my documents?

Thank you

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by Pamekpa » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:14 am

Hi! I finally got my certificate on 10th August. So here's my timeline in case you find it helpful:

24th April: posted documents
20th June: received letter saying my application is being considered and with my case number.
3th August: status online switched to decided.
10th August: received certificate on the post.

So overal it took them 3.5 months. I suggest you use the case number in the letter they sent you to check online the status of your application. Word here in the U.K. Is that they are a bit faster these days so hopefully it won't be long before you get it. Good luck!

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:11 am

Really great news. Well done and thank you for this info. Really helps as there isn't much out there to go on.

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:12 pm

Checking my application now through the Home Office online tool.

It says:

Awaiting a decision
Application status updated on 16 August 2017

So this is now Awaiting a decision for 6 weeks! Is this normal?

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by lukaslocro » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:15 pm

hey gabex. can I ask you what company are you talking about? My roommate is also looking for work, but she can't start working without a NINO, they want a yellow certificate, and she doesn't want to open a company, but she would work as a self employed, for another company, as a carer.
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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by CR001 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:26 pm

lukaslocro wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:15 pm
hey gabex. can I ask you what company are you talking about? My roommate is also looking for work, but she can't start working without a NINO, they want a yellow certificate, and she doesn't want to open a company, but she would work as a self employed, for another company, as a carer.
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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by gab3x » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:28 pm

As with all companies that have sponsor license it is listed on the Home Office list of Registered Sponsors https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... rs-workers

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by lukaslocro » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:40 pm

CR001 wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:26 pm
lukaslocro wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:15 pm
hey gabex. can I ask you what company are you talking about? My roommate is also looking for work, but she can't start working without a NINO, they want a yellow certificate, and she doesn't want to open a company, but she would work as a self employed, for another company, as a carer.
complicated
Members are NOT permitted to name employers/companies on the forum.
I forgot to add PM me. Is that allowed?
I'm in a bit of a rush, since I'm doing this between my break. I'll have to go back to work soon.
And she can't. And care companies need people to work. How ironic, isn't it?

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by lukaslocro » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:44 pm

gab3x wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:28 pm
As with all companies that have sponsor license it is listed on the Home Office list of Registered Sponsors https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... rs-workers
Yes, I know about this list. But I'm not sure on how to proceed with the application towards one of these companies.

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Re: Purple Certificate Croatian National

Post by CR001 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:45 pm

lukaslocro wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:40 pm
CR001 wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:26 pm
lukaslocro wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:15 pm
hey gabex. can I ask you what company are you talking about? My roommate is also looking for work, but she can't start working without a NINO, they want a yellow certificate, and she doesn't want to open a company, but she would work as a self employed, for another company, as a carer.
complicated
Members are NOT permitted to name employers/companies on the forum.
I forgot to add PM me. Is that allowed?
I'm in a bit of a rush, since I'm doing this between my break. I'll have to go back to work soon.
And she can't. And care companies need people to work. How ironic, isn't it?
You don't have access to the PM privilege as you are a newly registered member.
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