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Post by butt37 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:35 pm

Final Update
Application Category: Spouse-wife ( Priority). My suggestion, plz don't waste ur money by applying priority. If i visit this forum bfr applying visa then I wouldn't had applied priority.
Application Submitted Online: 05-Jun-2017
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Mirpur
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date):06-Jun-2017
Online Application Received at Home Office (received an email) : 06-Jun-2017.

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 08-Jun-2017
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : 30-Jun-2017
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): No
Employer contacted By UKVI (if applicable): No
21-Aug-2017: online status checker (Decision Made on 19-Aug-2017)
Used this url (https://contact-ukvi.homeoffice.gov.uk/ ... visastatus) and enter GWF in the following format (GWFxxxxxxxxx)

Contacted For Collection: 23-Aug-2017 (Fingers crossed) need your prayers guys. And please don't just sit and look other's post, plz update your timeline as well.
Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office): 17-Aug-2017
Collection Made: 24-Aug-2017
Decision Of Application: Visa Granted 😊
Validity Of Visa: 20- Aug- 2017 to 19 - Sep- 2017
Don't loose hope. Good luck to all. And thanks for updating ur timelines everybody.

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Post by abubakrkhan » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:21 am

Application Category: Spouse non Priority
Application Submitted Online: 07/05/2017
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Lahore
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date): 09/05/17
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On:

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 17/05/17
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : 11/06/17
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): Not yet

multiple Emails and calls made. At first they said I will get my decision by 28th of July 2017. Nope.
Than they said I should get it before 9th of August, 2017 since that would mark 3 months. Nope.

I will email and call them tomorrow to escalate my case. I lived in England for 6 years before submitting this case, I have known my wife for 8 years before getting married. She is a junior doctor in NHS. 2X the salary, rented own place. no dependents. The case is pretty strong I don’t know what is going on.

***UPDATE August 21, 2017***
More follow up emails and calls were made. Our application was ESCALATED on 18 August 2017. They said we should get our decision in 15 working days. As what I have been reading from this forum, those people don’t know squat about what they are talking about.
A letter was sent to MP as well last week.
Online tracking link still says “GWS not recognized”

***UPDATE August 25, 2017***
Still the same Status.
The MP already contacted the Home office on our behalf. Still not response.
Today marks 78 working days from the day I submitted biometrics.
Online tracking link still says “GWS not recognized”

Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office):
Contacted For Collection :
Collection Made :
Decision Of Application :
Validity Of Visa:

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Post by CR001 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:32 am

This is a TIMELINE THREAD ONLY. All questions should be posted in a separate topic or in a users previous topic where they asked for advice.
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Post by imtheonlyone » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:02 am

pplication Category: Spouse (Non-Priority)
Application Submitted Online: 27-April-2017

Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Islamabad
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date):28-April-2017
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On: 05-May-2017.

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On: 09-May-2017.
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On 15-May-2017

Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): No
Employer contacted by UKVI (if applicable): No

No response what so ever, called and emailed but was told to wait.

The case was escalated by call center on 25-July-2017... No response was told it can take up to 15 workings days

Called again on the 15th August (after 15 working days).. was told manager has taken details and another 'Urgent' escalation has been done... should expect to hear back in " less than 10 working days"... Absolutely useless... Asked to speak to a manager, however, they suddenly all had a managers meeting so no one was available.

The Lady on phone said we are experiencing delays from pakistan..to which i replied, doesn't make sense as everything is done in Sheffield so what is the delay from Pakistan... She said we are only a call center and that the only information we have!

Called again on 23rd August. the person on the phone said we only have one escalated case for this application which was on the 25th July.... hence the utter crap about 'Urgent' case on 15th August. Asked to speak to a manager but same old excuses about busy/meeting. In the end decided to hang up the phone after arguing for over 20 min.

Local MP sent a letter last week as well so waiting on a response! hopefully soon...

So far no correspondence about application delay or anything. Just recieved the first confirmation when the application was passed to Sheffield.

Have sent written complaints to about 4-5 different postal addresses I could find for Sheffield and Lunar house, including the complaints department but no luck so far.

Is there anyone in the similar situation as me with application submission date towards the end of April 2017... Seems like priority application are getting responses even if they applied in May and June

I applied in good time thinking the response will come in 12 weeks so didn't think it was worth paying extra for the priority.... but seriously regretting it now!

Many thanks

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Post by bhatti_pk » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:09 am

Application Category: Spouse Priority
Application Submitted Online: 02/08/2017
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Lahore
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date) 04/08/17
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : 04/08/17

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 07/08/17
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : 24/08/2017
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): Not yet


Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office) :
Contacted For Collection :
Collection Made :
Decision Of Application :
Validity Of Visa:

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Post by nxdxa » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:39 pm

Application Category: Spouse Non Priority
Application Submitted Online: 27th april 2017
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Islamabad
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date) 10/05/17
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : -

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 19/05/2017
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : 06/06/2017
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): No


Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office) :
Contacted For Collection :
Collection Made :
Decision Of Application :
Validity Of Visa:

Been 13 weeks no reply. Email sent chasing update and got the generic reply that it is awaiting decision. Online status check never recognises my gwf number don't know how people manage to get any update on there! It's always unrecognised for me. looks like it's going to be a long waiting game :/

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Post by karachi76 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:41 pm

karachi76 wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:47 pm
Application Category: Spouse - Priority - wife
Application Submitted Online: 10th JULY 2017
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): KARACHI
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date) : 12th JULY 2017
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : 18th JULY 2017

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 18th JULY 2017
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : Back from Shefield

Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable):

Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office) : waiting

Contacted For Collection :
Collection Made :
Decision Of Application :
Validity Of Visa:

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Post by Nimra Omar » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:08 pm

Application category: spouse wife (non-priority)
Application submitted online:07-08-2017
Biometric and passport submission location: Islamabad
Biometric and passport submission date: 10-08-2017
Application forwarded to British high commission: 11-08-2017

Supporting documents send to Sheffield: 14-08-2017
Supporting documents received back from Sheffield: waiting

Sponsor contacted by UKVI (if applicaple): no
Decision made (as per covering letter issued by home office): waiting

Contacted for collection: waiting
Collection made: waiting
Decision of application: waiting
Validity: waiting
Plz pray for me also m really worried 😔

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Post by 1990 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:22 am

Application category: spouse priority
Application submitted online 12.6.17
Biometric and passport submission: Islamabad
Biometric and passport submitted: 15.6.17
Forwarded to British high commission: 16.6.17
Supporting documents sent to Sheffield 19.6.17
Documents sent back from Sheffield 13.07.17

No contact from UKVI
No decision made yet

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Post by CR001 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:44 pm

This is TIMELINE ONLY THREAD. Question posts or requests for updates etc will be deleted. Questions should be asked in a separate topic. There are many topics containing the link to check status. Stop asking questions for it here. :!:
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Post by CR001 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:06 pm

Miyash wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:04 pm
CR001 wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:44 pm
This is TIMELINE ONLY THREAD. Question posts or requests for updates etc will be deleted. Questions should be asked in a separate topic. There are many topics containing the link to check status. Stop asking questions for it here. :!:
Where should i post my query .send me that link..
You already have a topic. Continue to post there please and be patient, it is weekend and members are likely spending time with their families.
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Post by rijab » Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:49 pm

Application category : Spouse (non priority)
Application submitted online: 20-march-2017
Biometrics and passport submission (location and date): Lahore on 27-march-2017
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : 27-march-2017
Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 1-april-2017
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On :4-April-2017
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): contacted on 30th-june-2017
passport collection call: Awating
no collection call made yet plz pray for me.hope to get positive reply In sha Allah
may all of u get their visa very soon ameen

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Post by jahan786 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:52 pm

Application Category: Spouse and one child standard (non Priority)
Application Submitted Online: 16/05/17
Bio metrics & Passport Submission (Location): Lahore Pakistan
Application submitted & bio-metrics enrolled at : 18/05/2017
Application forwarded to British High Commission on : 18/05/2017
Application under process at British High Commission on : 22/05/2017

Supporting documents sent to Sheffield on : 24/05/2017
Supporting documents received back from Sheffield on : 15/06/2017
10/07/2017- emailed and received response application awaiting decision
31/072017 - emailed again and no response at all
Sponsor contacted by UKVI (if applicable): No
its been more than 60 working days and more than 13 weeks in total but haven't heard any thing from ukvi
(i believe they delaying applications to 6 months for some reasons i don know)



Contacted with 'decision made' : still waiting"
Contacted for Collection : still waiting
Collection made : still waiting
Decision of Application : waiting and waiting... its killing really . oh God help us..why life is so difficult :cry:

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Post by b1234567 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:31 am

FINAL UPDATE

Application Category: Spouse - Wife (Priority)
Application Submitted Online: 04/06/2017
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Mirpur, Pakistan
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date) : 07/06/2017
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : 07/06/2017

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 15/06/2017
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield: 26/08/2017
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI: No
Employer contacted By UKVI: No

Status check by phone on 01/08/2017: "awaiting decision"

24/08/2017: Online status checker (Decision made 21/08/2017)

Contacted For Collection : 24/08/2017
Collection Made : 28/08/2017
Decision Of Application : GRANTED
Validity Of Visa: 29/08/2017 - 28/09/2017

Good luck to all those waiting to be reunited with their loved ones. Remember not to lose hope and inshallah, your visa's will be granted soon.

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Post by Zeeshan1994 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:32 am

Application Category: Spouse - Wife (Priority)
Application Submitted Online: 06/06/2017
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Islamabad Pakistan
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date) : 12/06/2017
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : 13/06/2017

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 16/06/2017
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield: 07/07/2017
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI: No
Employer contacted By UKVI: No

27/08/2017: Online status checker (Decision made 24/08/2017)

Contacted For Collection : waiting
Collection Made :
Decision Of Application : 
Validity Of Visa:

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Post by zsilas94 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:00 am

Application Category: Spouse (PRIORITY)
Application Submitted Online: 08/08/17
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Islamabad
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date) 10/08/17
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : -

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 10/08/17
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : 14/08/17
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): No


Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office) :21/08/17
Contacted For Collection : 25/08/17
Collection Made :28/08/17
Decision Of Application : Granted
Validity Of Visa: 25/08/17- 25/09/17
So worth the extra fee for priority

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Post by gannicus91 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:12 am

Application Category: Spouse (Non-Priority)
Application Submitted Online: 26-April-2017

Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Lahore
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date):05-May-2017
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : 06-May-2017.

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 06-May-2017.
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : 18-May-2017

Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): No
Employer contacted By UKVI (if applicable): No

Sponsor Contacted UKVI: Phoned them - response: awaiting decision. (Total waste of money as no real update at which stage the application was. Not sure, which HO processing time SLAs to believe, link in status check website says 95% within 12Weeks and 100% within 24weeks. VFS Center Lahore says 100% within 12 Weeks, Online calculator link says 100% within 60 days.)

Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office): No email yet

Contacted For Collection :
Collection Made :
Decision Of Application :
Validity Of Visa:

28th Jul::: 60 working days (05-May-17 to 28-July-17) have passed since the Bio-metrics.

07th Aug:: 65 working days (05-May-17 to 07-Aug-17) No response whatsoever - not even an email explaining why there is a delay as per their standard policy. Its straight forward application (own a house, x3 salary, UKNARIC assessment reports, no immigration history) so frustrating! Please update your thread guys especially the people who applied in 1st week of May 17.

14th Aug:: 70 working days (05-May-17 to 14-Aug-17) still no response, called again last week Friday to check on the status since the escalation date 28th July, same answer application awaiting decision since 9th May. Not even received an email from this SITEL company that they have escalated my case. However, they said since you have escalated your case, it can only be re-escalated after 15 working days. Mrs. sent an email to home secretary from Lahore Amber RUDD. I've logged a complaint with HO at "complaints@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk" (Questioning SLAs & demanded numbers) and am most likely going to take it to the NEWS as 95% application within 60days is a F-joke OR some of us just happened to be the unluckiest remaining 5% whom has to wait 24Weeks. that's enough rant to Kick-start the Monday.

21st Aug:: 75 working days (05-May-17 to 21-Aug-17) still no response. Wrote a letter and hand signed it to home secretary and requested a response within 5 working days last week. also, sent copy of the letter to local MP and UKVI Sheffield office..

Did any of the May "non-priority" applicants especially from Lahore received their decisions last week.. If you could update your timelines either way.

29th Aug:: 80 working days (05-May-17 to 29-Aug-17 (minus x2 bank holiday) - Frustration at its peak but finally managed to make my voice heard through the wall only to find out "Get the F*** Back mate".

Received a response of an escalation last Saturday 26th Aug; very INFORMAL email (copy below) and not to mention they again breached their 15 working days SLA for response:
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"Due to it being our busiest period, I am afraid we are unable to make a decision on your application within our usual timescale.
Staff at the visa application centres or contact centres have no influence on cases and cannot provide any further advice so we recommend you do not attend or call the contact centre. Please do not go to the Visa Application Centre until you have received written confirmation that a decision has been made on your application and that your passport is ready to be collected.
We understand this will be frustrating to you and regret any inconvenience caused.
We will contact you shortly to update you on what is happening
Thank you for your understanding"
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Received a response from MP as well on Saturday 26th Aug through post; he attached a copy of an email (dated 23rd Aug) received from the UKVI; and this time HO said, it has been necessary to carry out further inquiries which are remain on going; WHAT? If the further inquiries are being made then i should have had received an email like other people did before jumping up and down; but DID NOT. So two different response again (Escalation vs MP response); which suggests HO are just struggling or may be under staff or who the F** knows.. but they will not do anything about it and continue to make other people(s) lives miserable..
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++ No response from legendary Miss. Amber Rudd yet even though requested a written response within 5 working days..

++ No response of the complaint yet from HO..
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Think some of us just happened to be the unluckiest applicants whom might have to just wait 6 Months. Not wasting anymore money, time or effort to chase UKVI again. Not worth it, would have been easier if they had just kept up with their own SLA(s); I hope all of these chasing won't bite back; even if you request MP, Home Secretary to expedite the case for a rapid decision; UKVI won't give a dam about it. Good luck everyone the next update will be once the decision have been received.

Hope some of you will find this ordeal helpful.

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Post by gannicus91 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:23 am

gannicus91 wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:12 am
Application Category: Spouse (Non-Priority)
Application Submitted Online: 26-April-2017

Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Lahore
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date):05-May-2017
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : 06-May-2017.

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 06-May-2017.
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : 18-May-2017

Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): No
Employer contacted By UKVI (if applicable): No

Sponsor Contacted UKVI: Phoned them - response: awaiting decision. (Total waste of money as no real update at which stage the application was. Not sure, which HO processing time SLAs to believe, link in status check website says 95% within 12Weeks and 100% within 24weeks. VFS Center Lahore says 100% within 12 Weeks, Online calculator link says 100% within 60 days.)

Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office): No email yet

Contacted For Collection :
Collection Made :
Decision Of Application :
Validity Of Visa:

28th Jul::: 60 working days (05-May-17 to 28-July-17) have passed since the Bio-metrics.

07th Aug:: 65 working days (05-May-17 to 07-Aug-17) No response whatsoever - not even an email explaining why there is a delay as per their standard policy. Its straight forward application (own a house, x3 salary, UKNARIC assessment reports, no immigration history) so frustrating! Please update your thread guys especially the people who applied in 1st week of May 17.

14th Aug:: 70 working days (05-May-17 to 14-Aug-17) still no response, called again last week Friday to check on the status since the escalation date 28th July, same answer application awaiting decision since 9th May. Not even received an email from this SITEL company that they have escalated my case. However, they said since you have escalated your case, it can only be re-escalated after 15 working days. Mrs. sent an email to home secretary from Lahore Amber RUDD. I've logged a complaint with HO at "complaints@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk" (Questioning SLAs & demanded numbers) and am most likely going to take it to the NEWS as 95% application within 60days is a F-joke OR some of us just happened to be the unluckiest remaining 5% whom has to wait 24Weeks. that's enough rant to Kick-start the Monday.

21st Aug:: 75 working days (05-May-17 to 21-Aug-17) still no response. Wrote a letter and hand signed it to home secretary and requested a response within 5 working days last week. also, sent copy of the letter to local MP and UKVI Sheffield office..

Did any of the May "non-priority" applicants especially from Lahore received their decisions last week.. If you could update your timelines either way.

29th Aug:: 80 working days (05-May-17 to 29-Aug-17 (minus x2 bank holiday) - Frustration at its peak but finally managed to make my voice heard through the wall only to find out "Get the F*** Back mate".

Received a response of an escalation last Saturday 26th Aug; very INFORMAL email (copy below) and not to mention they again breached their 15 working days SLA for response:
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"Due to it being our busiest period, I am afraid we are unable to make a decision on your application within our usual timescale.
Staff at the visa application centres or contact centres have no influence on cases and cannot provide any further advice so we recommend you do not attend or call the contact centre. Please do not go to the Visa Application Centre until you have received written confirmation that a decision has been made on your application and that your passport is ready to be collected.
We understand this will be frustrating to you and regret any inconvenience caused.
We will contact you shortly to update you on what is happening
Thank you for your understanding"
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Received a response from MP as well on Saturday 26th Aug through post; he attached a copy of an email (dated 23rd Aug) received from the UKVI; and this time HO said, it has been necessary to carry out further inquiries which are remain on going; WHAT? If the further inquiries are being made then i should have had received an email like other people did before jumping up and down; but DID NOT. So two different response again (Escalation vs MP response); which suggests HO are just struggling or may be under staff or who the F** knows.. but they will not do anything about it and continue to make other people(s) lives miserable..
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++ No response from legendary Miss. Amber Rudd yet even though requested a written response within 5 working days..

++ No response of the complaint yet from HO..
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Think some of us just happened to be the unluckiest applicants whom might have to just wait 6 Months. Not wasting anymore money, time or effort to chase UKVI again. Not worth it, would have been easier if they had just kept up with their own SLA(s); I hope all of these chasing won't bite back; even if you request MP, Home Secretary to expedite the case for a rapid decision; UKVI won't give a dam about it. Good luck everyone the next update will be once the decision have been received.

Hope some of you will find this ordeal helpful.
Update:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... ugust-2017

Just found out 11,493 applications from Q2 are in progress as per UKVI news - Migration transparency data. Numbers made public on 24th August 2017.

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Post by Salsam » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:32 pm

Application category:Spouse (Non-priority)
Application submitted online : 20/03/2017
Biometric and passport submission : (Islamabad) 27:/03/2017
Application forwarded to British high commission :03/04/2017

Supporting documents sent to Sheffield: 03/04/2017
Supporting documents received back : 05/05/2017

Sponser contacted: not required
16/05/2017 received an email about my case not being straightforward
Decision made : made inquiry 6 times
18/05:2017 emailed them. Response "awaiting decision.
06/06/2017 called charged 36£ reply "awaiting decision.
28/06/2017 emailed but same response.
15/07/2017 emailed but same response awaiting decision
22/07/2017 emailed and same awaiting decision
22/08/2017 emailed again and same awaiting a decision

Contacted for collection:
Collection made:
Decision of application:
Validity of visa:
Stressed and and frustrated . May Allah help us all

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Post by Hal6 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:04 pm

Application category: spouse Husband (priority)
Application submitted online: 24/07/2017
Biometric and passport submission location: Mirpur
Biometric and passport submission date: 26/07/2017
Application forwarded to British high commission: -

Supporting documents send to Sheffield: 01/08/2017
Supporting documents received back from Sheffield: 03/08/2017

Sponsor contacted by UKVI (if applicaple): no
Decision made (as per covering letter issued by home office):

Contacted for collection:
Collection made:
Decision of application:
Validity:

Looking at everyone's timelines the standard response for priority is 10 weeks. I did ring up and that lady said I should receive it in 6 weeks, I asked if there was any backlog and she wouldn't directly answer but she just said you should have it by 6 weeks if not wait until 8 weeks. Inshallah we will get a response soon, the waiting is so hard!

I'm glad I did priority though, those who didn't have been waiting a really long time

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Re: Spouse Visa Applications - PAKISTAN TIMELINES ONLY

Post by Meedo7 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:50 pm

Application category:Spouse (Non-priority)
Application submitted online : 09/02/2017
Biometric and passport submission : (Islamabad) 27/02/2017
Application forwarded to British high commission :13/03/2017

Supporting documents sent to Sheffield: 13/03/2017
Supporting documents received back : 16/03/2017
Sent lot of emails to ukvi for updates till 15 of June 2017 but they said to wait and wait

Sponser contacted by ukvi:
16/04/2017 received an email about my case not being straightforward
7/05/2017 ukvi call workplace for work inquiry
27/6/2017 Interview date for both spouse and sponsor but when spouse went to visa centre the center was close because of eid-ul-fitar holidays
Again on 29/6/2017 Interview done of both spouse and sponsor very well
Made lot of inquiries but not received any good info
12/07:2017 emailed them. Response "awaiting decision.
15/07/2017 called charged 36£ reply "awaiting decision.
emailed but same response.
emailed but same response awaiting decision
emailed and same awaiting decision
Email 5 times on different dates but reply awaiting decision
Called on 07/08/2017 ukvi said they will escalate your case today and will give you decision in 15 working days

No response again...

Called after 15 working days on 25/08/2017
Ukvi said we apologise you case will be forward to our manager now and will do something and will contact you back today
But no contact again
Called again on 30/Aug/2017
They said we escalated your case again without telling us lol and saying now wait for decision we can't give you time frame and will contact you when the decision will be made.
Wasted more then 200 pounds on calls and emails but no positive response so tired of this life I didn't expect that from uk visa centre

Contacted for collection:
Collection made:
Decision of application:
Validity of visa:
Stressed and and frustrated . May Allah help us all

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Re: Spouse Visa Applictions - Pakistan TIMELINES ONLY

Post by butt11 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:19 pm

Online Application: 14/06/17
Biometrics enrolled on & at: 21/06/17,mirpur
Supporting documents sent to Sheffield on:26/06/17

Application received at Sheffield (email confirmation): 28/07/17
Supporting documents received back from Sheffield on: 1/08/17
Status check: 29/08/17 - no reply as yet

Contacted with 'decision made': waiting
Contacted for Collection:
Collection made:
Decision of Application:

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Re: Spouse Visa Applications - PAKISTAN TIMELINES ONLY

Post by CR001 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:48 am

hadeea wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:38 am
Meedo7 wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:26 am
Our marriage took place on 26 Feb 2016
And then I submitted my passport and did biometric on 27 feb 2017
ok thanks. i applied just after one month of my marriage. i thought this might be the reason of delay of my case
Can both 'meedo7' and 'hadeea' please stop posting questions in the TIMELINE ONLY topic.
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Re: Spouse Visa Applications - PAKISTAN TIMELINES ONLY

Post by TazHassan17 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:49 am

Application Category: Spouse - Priority - Husband
Application Submitted Online: 09/06/2017
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Islamabad
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date) : 14/06/2017
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : 15/06/2017

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 15/06/2017
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : 08/07/2017
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): N/A

Status check - Email to UK Visas & Immigration : 06/07/2017 - Application is being considered and awaiting approval

Status Check - Email to UK Visas & Immigration : 02/08/2017 - With an ECO awaiting a decision

Status Check - Email to UK Visas & Immigration : 14/08/2017 - ''In regards to your query about the status of your application, your application is being considered and is currently awaiting a decision.
Please note that UKVI aims to complete all Settlement Visa applications within 12 weeks or 60 working days of the application date."

Status Check - Call to UK Visas & Immigration : 31/08/2017 - Advisor told me still showing as awaiting a decision and that as I haven't as of yet received any emails to say case is on hold/not straightforward that I should expect to hear something by the 60th working day - 6th September

Checking Online Status Checker everyday - GWF Not Recognised as of yet

Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office) : Still Waiting
Contacted For Collection :
Collection Made :
Decision Of Application :
Validity Of Visa:

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Re: Spouse Visa Applications - PAKISTAN TIMELINES ONLY

Post by Disappointed-One » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:32 pm

Application Category: Spouse -Wife (Standard)
Application Submitted Online: 15/04/2017
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Location): Islamabad
Biometrics & Passport Submission (Date) : 19/04/2017
Application Forwarded To British High Commission On : 15/04/2017

Supporting Documents Sent To Sheffield On : 19/04/2017
Supporting Documents Received Back From Sheffield On : 05/05/2017
Sponsor Contacted By UKVI (if applicable): Employer Contacted on 24th July 2017.
Email Received from UKVI stating Case Not Straight Forward: 07/07/2017
Wrote a Letter To UKVI asking to explain why Application is not straight forward: 10/07/17 UKVI Received it on 11/07/17 No Reply back.
Contacted MP for Status check: 10/07/2017
Received reply from MP 24/07/2017 stating Conducting further enquiries.
Contacted Call Centre: 31/07/2017 Never got reply.
Emailed Amber Rudd and Brandon Lewis on 02/08/2017 got reply back from Home office on 28/08/2017: Conducting Further Enquiries.
Contacted Call Centre Again on 29/08/2017: Received another not straight forward email from UKVI on 30/08/2017.
Checking Online Status Checker everyday - GWF Not Recognized as of yet

Decision Made (As Per Covering Letter Issued By Home Office) : Still Waiting
Contacted For Collection :
Collection Made :
Decision Of Application :
Validity Of Visa:[/b]


VISAINFO.SHEFO@fco.gov.uk
30 Aug at 11:36 AM
Message body
Dear Ms. XXXXXXX,
Regarding Visa Application: GWFXXXXXXX

For XXXXXX XXXXXXX
Thank you for your enquiry and please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to you.
As we have previously advised, the processing of this application has not been straightforward. We cannot give a time scale for when a decision will be made, however please be assured that we are continuing to work on the application and will make a decision as soon as we are able to.
If you have any further enquiries, please visit our website at www.GOV.UK.
Kind Regards,

REM
UKVI Contact Centre Service - UK Decision Making Centre
www.GOV.UK

Mr XXXXXXXX XXXXXXX

Email: XXXXXXX@yahoo.co.uk Our Reference: TO XXXXXXXXXXX
Dear Mr XXXXXXXX

I write in reply to your email correspondence of 2 August to the Home Secretary and the Immigration Minister about the Entry Clearance application made by your wife. Your enquiry has been forwarded to Customer Service Operations to reply.

Our records confirm that the Visa Section received your wife’s application on 20 April and it is currently awaiting consideration by an Entry Clearance Officer. It may help if I explain that prior to making a decision on an Entry Clearance application, a number of mandatory checks need to be completed in the UK and the applicant’s home country. The length of time taken to complete these checks is dependent on the individual circumstances of each case. Whilst we aim to decide all applications within our published service standards, in some instances applications may take longer as a result of these checks.

Please be assured that your wife will be contacted when a decision is made, or if any further information is required.
If you have any further questions, please contact us at: www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk

Yours sincerely

J xxx

Customer Service Operations

UK Visas and Immigration

www.gov.uk/ukvi

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