Hello Everyone... ok it seems I may be the first one to share my PEO appointment experience I had today for my successful SET(O) ILR application at Sheffield..... last two days were one of most distressing days for me .... n specifically this message thread exponentially increased my stress level...... yesterday I even tried to cancel my appointment due to fear of rejection because the burden of providing proof of my first absence....
First of all my timeline
1st EC as HSMP on 20th Aug 2007 for two years
Got LTR extension as Tier1-gen on 20th Aug 2009 for three year
Got further LTR Extension as Tier1-gen on 14th May 2012 till for two years
My 1st entry in UK on this HSMP EC was 11th December 2007 but I left UK after just 4 weeks on 7th January 2008 (reason: family issues) came back after 170 days on 25th June 2008. Got into employment in UK on 15th July 2008 and still with the same employer.
Following are my all absences from UK
7th Jan 2008 to 25th June 2008 (170 Days) -- (Family issues - was not in employment in UK)
19th Dec 2008 to 7th Jan 2009 (19 Days) -- Paid Leave
27th Nov 2008 to 3rd Jan 2010 (37 Days) -- Paid Leave
25th Aug 2010 to 19th Sept 2010 (25 Days)-- Paid Leave
11th Mar 2011 to 9th April 2011 (29 Days) -- Paid Leave till 1st Apr 2011 and from 2nd was off sick and was unable to travel back
When I started filling up my form and gathering all the relevant documents ... I thought my case was very straight forward... but as I said earlier.... more I read this thread more distressed I became since I had no documentary proof for my 1st absence and even for the sick leaves I had during my last absence.....
However, I decided to wrote a personal statement for these two absences explaining reasons and confirmed that I cannot provide any documentary proof for either of these. For other paid leave my HR were only able to confirm last two sets of paid leaves but not the first two due to change of HR system, which they acknowledged in an email. I attached this acknowledgement email with my application.
Overall processing for my application at Sheffield PEO took less than 3hrs which includes getting initial token, submitting application, payment of fee, Biometrics enrolment, caseworker introducing herself and explaining about my application and handing over decision letter after half n hour.
However, since all other aspects of application was very straight forward, caseworker only mentioned about my absences while she 1st introduced herself... and said that she has gone through my personal statement and she has considered it and its fine and not an issue.... and then confirmed that she will take around 45 mins to an hour to complete my case ... if I want I can go out.... but I opted not to and she kindly replied that she will try to finish it earlier then.... and yes she handed over her decision in half n hour.... a great sigh of relief.....