Good Day Everyone,
Was wondering if anyone has been in the same situation as myself, as I'm tearing my hair out right now. My fiancee, now wife, applied for a 2-year visitor visa, submitted her biometrics 10MAR19. It's now 16JUN19, 14 weeks and 65 working days later, and still there has been no decision made.
We have received about a dozen generic emails, after escalating, stating the same copy and paste answer - Checks have still not been completed.
They don't state what checks, and her supervisor was contacted 12 weeks ago and HR department 4 weeks ago. Does anyone know what sort of checks we are waiting for that take 14 weeks??
Our travel plans have been completely disrupted and everytime we need to go to VFS for something, it costs about $700 in flights and hotel fees. In addition, the last e-mail from the FCO suggested we apply for retro priority, so we got flights to UAE and booked hotels for the week (5 working days). When we arrived there, VFS were helpful enough, which was unusual, but then the request was sent to the embassy for retro priority, and it subsequently denied! So with that, expenditure haas amounted to $2900 so far, and that's excluding the actual visa fee!
I am a British national myself, and we both work for the British Forces in Afghanistan, so our vacation periods are very strict, and all I wanted to do was for my new wife to meet the family. That's out the window now and our next leave period isn't until mid-october.
How can they state their processing time figures on the website, when they are clearly inaccurate. The excuse "individual and unique circumstances" without explanation seems merely like an excuse to avoid deadline penalties. At the moment, because of the absolute lack of information on the progress of the application, we feel like we've been robbed by a couple of dodgy builders that keep saying they'll be back next week to finish the work, just be patient.
Anyone any idea why it would take this long just for a decision?