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Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Use this section for queries concerning applications on any of the EEA series of forms, and also for applications for EEA Family Permits.

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Paschal
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Paschal » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:31 pm

Applied from Lagos Ikeja 28/July/17.
I called today to know the status of my application and was told a decision has being made.
Finger crossed 😊

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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Bittu88 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:35 am

Paschal wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:31 pm
Applied from Lagos Ikeja 28/July/17.
I called today to know the status of my application and was told a decision has being made.
Finger crossed 😊
All the best

Bittu88
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Bittu88 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:43 am

Merzit wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:27 pm
177 working days STILL WAITING.
Waiting since 165 working days. Contacted them several times but getting same response that is "the application processing may require more time n trying to complete as soon as possible" n "we will try to contact you within 15working days"
Thrice I got same response. Last was on 16th Jan.
I am sad n disappointed

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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Bittu88 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:50 am

Difficult to bear the distance from the loved ones. Its been more than 7 months since I have applied. They claim to give out decision within 24weeks for 100% applications.
Its been more than 30 weeks I am waiting.

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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by unuojeye » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:36 pm

Hello Mughili and for all those who cannot wait any longer, just want to notify you that if you have your EEA family permit you can travel. you only need your spouse to travel with you. I am already in manchester. my husband travelled with me. arrived on thursday night. with Rynair airline. only asked some questions about my marriage and asked for my marriage documents and and my husband showed them every other documents he had with him(at manchester airport)i will only advise that you hold all your documents . so show proof. depending on the type of question asked.I wish you all the best.

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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by ArminVanBuren » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:42 pm

Hi Viktoria,

I am an EEA national with a Russian wife, have been rejected two Family Permits and one Visitor Visa, so far, since July 2017.

Would be curious to know how did your story end.

Thank you and I hope that you're in the UK already, of course.

Best

Armin

VikaVictoria wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:56 am
Hi everyone,

I'd like to share how it's going on with my first application. My husband is EU citizen, living in the UK and I'm from outside of the EU.

Location of Appointment: Ekaterinburg, Russia.

The application updates are:
Date submitted: 25/05/2017 at 09.47 a.m.;
Biometrics was taken: 25/05/2017 at around 09.55- 10.00 a.m.;
Application transferred to the Embassy: 25/05/2017 at 12.49 p.m.;
UKVI received the application: 31/05/2017 at 18.59 p.m.;
Received an email, saying the application is not straightforward by Sheffield Visa Section: 14/06/2017 at 13.24 p.m.

29/06/2017 my husband phoned the UK Visas and Immigration (the call was about 17 minutes) and he escalated the application. After that nobody has contacted us.
13/07/2017 I emailed UK Visas and Immigration, they said "your application is being considered and is currently awaiting approval" :? They confirmed the escalation has been made and someone will get back to me by next week Thursday 20th July, because the escalation takes 15 working days.

We applied with following documents:
Information about me:
  • Printed and signed VAF5 application form;
    Current passport for travelling abroad - original and copies of all of the pages;
    2 expired passports for travelling abroad (with visas) - originals and copies of all of the pages;
    Internal Russian passport - copy;
    2 expired Italian permits and 1 current Italian permit - copies. The documents were translated from Italian into English by me;
    Name Changing Certificate - copy. The document was translated from Russian into English by me;
    2 Flat Ownership documents in Russia - copies. Translated by me.
From my husband:
  • Certified copy of my husband’s passport;
    ID card - copy;
    National Insurance Number - copy;
    Bank statements (showing what has been paid in and out of his account for up to the previous 6 months; the payments of the salary are shown)- original;
    Saving statements - original;
    Employment contract - original;
    Tenancy agreement (1 bedroom flat in London, he moved in June 2017, the contract is for 1 year and he paid for 6 months in advance (it is shown on the bank transfer)) - original and copies;
    Payslips (covering up to the previous 6 months) - copies;
    Signed cover letter - copy. In the cover letter, my husband explained how we met in 2011 (at work) and why our official relationship has started in January 2016. He also says that I will be joining him in the UK and he will be supporting me financially once there, saying we will not ask for any benefits etc.
Evidence of the relationship with my husband and any contact between us:
  • 2 employment contracts from the company we were both working at the time (2011) - copies;
    Marriage certificate (we got married in February 2017) - copy;
    Print screens of our connection via email (from 2011 to May 2017);
    Print screens of our conversations, calls and video calls via Facebook, WhatsApp, messages. Every video or voice call is about 3h per day every day (it is shown on print screens);
    Aeroplane tickets from London to Milan (where I was working at that time) and boarding passes - copies;
    Train tickets, confirming we travelled together in Italy - copies;
    Hotel Bookings in Italy, France, Thailand, Denmark - copies and originals;
    Aeroplane tickets and boarding passes, confirming we travelled together visiting the above-mentioned countries - copies;
    Transfer tickets in and out from airports - copies;
    Travel insurance cards - copies;
    Football game tickets - copies;
    Wedding invitation from my husband's colleagues which is in August (our names are written in the invitation) :( - copy;
    8 signed photos of us (from 2011 to our wedding ceremony; from the countries we worked in and travelled to: USA, Italy, France, Thailand, Denmark, Sweden).
Haven't seen my husband after our wedding ceremony. Can't wait anymore to be finally reunited :cry:

Niss
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Niss » Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:59 am

agnieszka1509 wrote:
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:40 am
Hi everyone,

I read most of your stories and first of all I would like to say how sorry I am for those who got their applications rejected.

My husband applied from Rabat/Morocco on 05/06/17 and had bio-metrics on 15/06/17. He received "not straightforward" email on 28/06/17. Since then we are just waiting. It's very stressful especially for me as we did not expect this to take so long.

Has anyone applied form Rabat?
Hello . I applied from Rabat on 10th July 2017 . And still waiting

Olajide1
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Olajide1 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:58 am

Paschal wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:31 pm
Applied from Lagos Ikeja 28/July/17.
I called today to know the status of my application and was told a decision has being made.
Finger crossed 😊
f

Great news.
Visa approved . I just it this morning
Biometrics:21/07/2017
Not straightforward mail: 5/8/2017
Visa approved :01/02/2018
Place of application : Abuja Nigeria

Paschal
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Paschal » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:19 am

I applied too from Lagos in 28 July 2017.
Called Friday and was told a decision was made.

But obviously to know the out we have to wait to get our documents back, which might take 10 working as they said.

Olajide1
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Olajide1 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:51 am

Paschal wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:19 am
I applied too from Lagos in 28 July 2017.
Called Friday and was told a decision was made.

But obviously to know the out we have to wait to get our documents back, which might take 10 working as they said.

It will come. Relax
You have any idea of what to do after one gets to the uk.? Do I need to get the residence card
U can track ur delivery to know where it is

Paschal
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Paschal » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:04 pm

How to track it? I only the reference number giving to me after the phone call.

When u get to Uk I guess u have to apply for residence permit

preciouschiomy
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by preciouschiomy » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:49 am

Olajide1 wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:58 am
Paschal wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:31 pm
Applied from Lagos Ikeja 28/July/17.
I called today to know the status of my application and was told a decision has being made.
Finger crossed 😊
f

Great news.
Visa approved . I just it this morning
Biometrics:21/07/2017
Not straightforward mail: 5/8/2017
Visa approved :01/02/2018
Place of application : Abuja Nigeria


Congrats

Elizabeths03
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Elizabeths03 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:05 am

Good Morning Everyone,

After reading and following the threads for months now, me and my husband have decided to take the leap and make the application this week.

My husband is currently living in Lagos and will be making his application there.

I wanted to ask those that made their application in Abuja/Lagos, can you please tell me how the process works after you have done the online application. As in what actually happens at the visa centre?

Any tips you may have as well that may help in the application being approved on the first attempt :)

Thank You

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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by dokie » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:02 pm

Hey guys,
As it's d norm on here to always give feedbacks.
To God be the glory I got the FP. Delay certainly ain't a denial, so for all those waiting pls be rest assured happy days lies ahead.
My timeline;
Biometrics (Lagos, NGR): 18/7/17.
Decision made email: 1/02/18.
Visa stamped: 30/1/18.
I escalated 5-6 times btw.
Glad the wait is over.
Congrats to everyone who got recently most esp from Nigeria and for those waiting, it will surely come.
Did I mention it was my 2nd application. So pls, always try again (block the loopholes) if refused. It will definitely end in praise and Joy.
Can't wait to see my other half.... nothing but Joy.
Cheers!

dokie
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by dokie » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:07 pm

Elizabeths03 wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:05 am
Good Morning Everyone,

After reading and following the threads for months now, me and my husband have decided to take the leap and make the application this week.

My husband is currently living in Lagos and will be making his application there.

I wanted to ask those that made their application in Abuja/Lagos, can you please tell me how the process works after you have done the online application. As in what actually happens at the visa centre?

Any tips you may have as well that may help in the application being approved on the first attempt :)

Thank You
Good afternoon Liz.
I did apply from Lagos. TLS is simply Biometrics.
All the docs should be in A4 size paper (photocopy if need be) and will be scanned at TLS. No original docs will be collected from him.
Make a list of all the documents he's going with and we can add a thing or two if need be.
Cheers.

Elizabeths03
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Elizabeths03 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:58 pm

Congrats!!!
I am happy to see that applications from Nigeria are being granted, it gives hope!

Here is a list of our documents so far - any advice/comments/criticism will be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

1. Online Application
2. VAF5 Form

3. Covering letter with relationship history
4. Nigerian Passport
5. Copy of Birth Certificate
6. Joint GTBank Account Statement
7. Bank Statement (6 months)

8. Copy of Marriage Certificate
9. Civil Ceremony Pictures
10. Traditional Nigerian Wedding Pictures
11. Other Photos of us
12. Hotel Receipt on eve of Wedding
13. WhatsApp Chat History
14. WhatsApp Media Log and Call History
15. Snapchat Screenshots
16. Flights to Abuja and Ibadan Hotel Receipt


17. Declaration Letter of EEA Spouse
18. Copy of EEA spouse French Passport and French Identity Card
19. Copy of EEA spouse French Birth Certificate
20. Certificate of Register of French Established Outside of France and copy of Card
21. Copy of EEA spouse Nigerian Passport and Entry pages to Nigeria
22. Copy of flight tickets for October and January Trip
23. EEA spouse Proof of Address and Proof of Home Purchase
24. EEA spouse Bank Statement (6 months)
25. EEA spouse ISA Statement and Credit Union Saving Account Statement
26. Copy of EEA spouse Employment Contract and Copy of Business Card
27. EEA spouse Payslips (12 months)
28. Copy of EEA spouse National Insurance Card
29. DBS Certificate and French Criminal Record with Translation

raph
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by raph » Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:35 pm

Hi,

We are also planning to apply from Lagos (ikeja) this month.
I am a French national and my husband is Nigerian. We both have been granted permanent residence in the UK and we are applying for my parents in law to join us here as my husband’s dependent.
I’m Glad to see many success stories it gives me hope.

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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Merzit » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:42 pm

180 working days still waiting. :evil:
Do not be afraid to take a big step , a precipice hopping is not passed.

Olajide1
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Olajide1 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:08 pm

Elizabeths03 wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:05 am
Good Morning Everyone,

After reading and following the threads for months now, me and my husband have decided to take the leap and make the application this week.

My husband is currently living in Lagos and will be making his application there.

I wanted to ask those that made their application in Abuja/Lagos, can you please tell me how the process works after you have done the online application. As in what actually happens at the visa centre?

Any tips you may have as well that may help in the application being approved on the first attempt :)

Thank You
Hello Liz,
Please make sure all documents including your photos are in A4 sized paper.
I must say here that I took normal pix to the VAC in Abuja and none of it was scanned. Meaning I didn't submit any photo.
Also make sure ur spouses Passport info page, entry visa and residence card photocopies are attested by a lawyer. ( just a lawyers stamp would do. That's all I had on mine)
As listed , submit everything.
Please prepare your mind for the wait but u might be lucky u get it on time.
Lastly , pray ooo I mean pray and never stop believing.
All the best with your application
. Cheers

Olajide1
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Re: Sheffield Visa Section - EEA FAMILY PERMIT

Post by Olajide1 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:16 pm

Paschal wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:04 pm
How to track it? I only the reference number giving to me after the phone call.

When u get to Uk I guess u have to apply for residence permit
Hello Pascal,
Any update? You should recieve an email saying a decision has been made. Few hours later you get an email saying ur passport has been dispatched . You will get a dhl tracking number if you paid for delivery.
I'm expecting your good news
Everyone waiting, never stopped believing.
Cheers

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