nayeem27 wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:50 am
Many thanks for kind and elaborate information, I am so glad that I was seeking answer in this group. Your situation is exactly same as mine. It's such a shame for the sophisticated home office for publishing a new portal without any guidance... (Maybe they wanted us to hire solicitors , although solicitors are also uncertain)
However, I have already paid IHS because I couldn't able to predict what will come after IHS payment. Although I haven't paid my Visa fees yet because I got same answer from home office when I called yesterday and incompetent people replied from previous experience.
Please kindly let me know what will happen after 11 dec 18.
Again a big thanks
Hey Nayeem, yes it's good to have someone else in the same boat!
See my post just above this - we got the leave to remain granted! From discussion I had with my MP, who spoke to the Home Office, she said the Home Office said they would show a level of leniency for people who apply before the last 28 day period. What the Home Office said to her - and I wouldn't rely on this too much -was that the 28 day period was designed so that people didn't apply ridiculously too early and have two overlapping visas for a long time (whether that is technically correct I query but besides the point!).
Now I don't know what to make of this, but what I would say is where you can avoid it, try not to apply more than 28 days before the beginning of the 28 days (i.e. no earlier than 56 days before the current visa runs out). I think at that point they may get stricter - although it is hard to tell.But applying a week earlier than the beginning of your last 28 day period is probably OK.
On timing, if you have paid for your IHS, that's fine, as you haven't paid for the appointment itself. Hold off on paying for the application (and the appointment you then have to book on the Sopra Steria page) until nearer 14 January. I think your application will be absolutely fine so far, at least know there is a degree of flexibility.
On the IHS - are you aware that the government is increasing the IHS amount to a (quite honestly outrageous) larger amount? They are doubling it, so what was £200 per year is now £400 per year etc. That means £1000 for the FLR(M) extension rather than £500. I am not sure what that will mean for your IHS given you have paid for it. I have done a little bit of digging for you. The progress of the order bringing into force the larger IHS payment shouldn't come into force until the earliest 10 January at the moment (and that assumes it is formalised tomorrow which is unlikely!). In any event, 10 January is only 4 days before your 28 day period. Given this, if I were you I would be minded to pay for my full application and book my appointment in early January (a week early), and worry more on the timing of the IHS increase than the worry of applying early, so you can ensure you save yourself an extra IHS payment of £500. You can see the status of the current order here: https://beta.parliament.uk/statutory-in ... s/qN5SIpKr
. It is waiting to become law and then 28 days from the day it becomes law the increased fees will come into effect.
So to summarise - what you have done so far is fine, I'd recommend given the change to the IHS that you guys pay for your app and book your biometric appointment at the beginning of the second week of Jan (if the order goes through in the next week), or pay for your app and book your biometric appointment on 14 Jan (if they don't approve the order increasing IHS by 17 Dec)!