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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by alisattar09 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:06 pm

Can we apply for ILR (SET (o)) application using this new system? As I am on the same boot as everyone and can't find an appointment for Premium service for last 2 weeks

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by aka007 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:29 pm

boopity wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:40 pm
Hi there,

I am getting increasingly anxious about the whole process of my FLR(M) visa. My visa expires December 14th and I (stupidly) booked to return back to the states on the 21st of December for Christmas. My plan was to use pay for the premium service.

I've been trying for a 1.5 weeks to book with no avail (i've not seen a single appointment).

I know that the new system is coming on board but I'm excluded because of my FLR(M) visa.

What am I supposed to do?! I can't submit and then do my appointment after my visa expires because of potential traveling

Sorry, just freaking out.... I will keep trying for a spot...
I am in the same boat. This new circular has dashed my hopes now.

My spouse visa expires on 31st Dec. I have booked a holiday starting 18th Dec. All along I was misguided by the GOV.uk website stating I cannot apply for FLR(M) prior to 28 days of visa expiry. 2 weeks ago I left so many of Nov dates because of this. Last week I called UKVI and they said since my first visa was for 29 months, I can apply immediately after I complete 26 months. The extension will be for 30 months and will take me through to ILR eligibility. It's such a bummer now that FLR(M) is not included in the new system and I have apply by post.

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by michali » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:37 pm

As I understand it, all settlement visa applications from within the UK are included in the new system. It is just not spelt out as FLR(M) or ILR.

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by aka007 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:48 pm

michali wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:37 pm
As I understand it, all settlement visa applications from within the UK are included in the new system. It is just not spelt out as FLR(M) or ILR.
Yes but FLR(M) is not settlement, it is an extension of the family visa from within UK. Which is another piece of confusion. Because the document talks about the "visa for joining family members in the UK" not being in the new system before Jan. But it doesn't talk about extension of family visa "Further Leave to Remain" from within UK. These 2 are treated as separate categories by UKVI.

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by aka007 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:53 pm

allyf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:40 am
boopity wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:40 pm
Hi there,

I am getting increasingly anxious about the whole process of my FLR(M) visa. My visa expires December 14th and I (stupidly) booked to return back to the states on the 21st of December for Christmas. My plan was to use pay for the premium service.

I've been trying for a 1.5 weeks to book with no avail (i've not seen a single appointment).

I know that the new system is coming on board but I'm excluded because of my FLR(M) visa.

What am I supposed to do?! I can't submit and then do my appointment after my visa expires because of potential traveling

Sorry, just freaking out.... I will keep trying for a spot...
Hi boopity,
It’s unfortunate that they will not accept applications online for FLR M. The only advice I can offer is keep checking the PSE booking online as they are releasing days till the end of November… But they appear to be cancellation only so you may have to jump on it quickly.
Best of luck
I spoke to an immigration lawyer in London. They suggested the super premium service. It can be used by upto 4 unrelated people, sharing the costs. The service is practically on demand and they come out to the customers premises (house, office). For people in a fix like me for FLR(M) that could be an option if there are 3 others wanting to join in.

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by allyf » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:13 pm

aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:53 pm
allyf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:40 am
boopity wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:40 pm
Hi there,

I am getting increasingly anxious about the whole process of my FLR(M) visa. My visa expires December 14th and I (stupidly) booked to return back to the states on the 21st of December for Christmas. My plan was to use pay for the premium service.

I've been trying for a 1.5 weeks to book with no avail (i've not seen a single appointment).

I know that the new system is coming on board but I'm excluded because of my FLR(M) visa.

What am I supposed to do?! I can't submit and then do my appointment after my visa expires because of potential traveling

Sorry, just freaking out.... I will keep trying for a spot...
Hi boopity,
It’s unfortunate that they will not accept applications online for FLR M. The only advice I can offer is keep checking the PSE booking online as they are releasing days till the end of November… But they appear to be cancellation only so you may have to jump on it quickly.
Best of luck
I spoke to an immigration lawyer in London. They suggested the super premium service. It can be used by upto 4 unrelated people, sharing the costs. The service is practically on demand and they come out to the customers premises (house, office). For people in a fix like me for FLR(M) that could be an option if there are 3 others wanting to join in.
How much do they charge?

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by bahareh12 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:29 pm

I live in Glasgow and looking to join 3 people to apply for super premium service in order to bring the cost down. I need to apply for ILR after 5 years spouse visa...

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by aka007 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:32 pm

allyf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:13 pm
aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:53 pm

I spoke to an immigration lawyer in London. They suggested the super premium service. It can be used by upto 4 unrelated people, sharing the costs. The service is practically on demand and they come out to the customers premises (house, office). For people in a fix like me for FLR(M) that could be an option if there are 3 others wanting to join in.
How much do they charge?
They haven't told me yet said they will call back after confirming they have 4 such requests. But they said if I don't need application prep assistance then there will be an arrangement fee. For Application Prep they will charge their standard fee. I didn't ask as I have already filled my application online.

On a positive note I just called UKVI and inquired about FLR(M) in the new application system. The lady asked me where had I heard about the new system. I said it was in gov.uk news sometime ago (couldn't really quote the link in this thread as it was third party). After putting me on hold the customer service rep came back saying she had spoken to her colleagues, and they were being debriefed about the new system this week. So asked me to call back Friday or next Monday. But she did say that "In general all visa categories which can be applied online now will also be included in the new system starting in Nov".

So fingers crossed FLR(M) is included and only " Visa to join family members in the UK as a dependant" are excluded!

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by allyf » Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:08 pm

aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:32 pm
allyf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:13 pm
aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:53 pm

I spoke to an immigration lawyer in London. They suggested the super premium service. It can be used by upto 4 unrelated people, sharing the costs. The service is practically on demand and they come out to the customers premises (house, office). For people in a fix like me for FLR(M) that could be an option if there are 3 others wanting to join in.
How much do they charge?
They haven't told me yet said they will call back after confirming they have 4 such requests. But they said if I don't need application prep assistance then there will be an arrangement fee. For Application Prep they will charge their standard fee. I didn't ask as I have already filled my application online.

On a positive note I just called UKVI and inquired about FLR(M) in the new application system. The lady asked me where had I heard about the new system. I said it was in gov.uk news sometime ago (couldn't really quote the link in this thread as it was third party). After putting me on hold the customer service rep came back saying she had spoken to her colleagues, and they were being debriefed about the new system this week. So asked me to call back Friday or next Monday. But she did say that "In general all visa categories which can be applied online now will also be included in the new system starting in Nov".

So fingers crossed FLR(M) is included and only " Visa to join family members in the UK as a dependant" are excluded!
Great news!!!

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by Rostine » Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:35 pm

broody wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:54 pm
I have been trying to book appointments for the last 3 daysand night but nothing seems to work. at 12am as soon as i see any slot and try to book it it says answer the relevant question and then back to no slots available :? :cry: What should i do? has anyone got any information as to how long it will go on like this and if this technical issue is being dealt with by the HO?
Hello please how did you solve this problem because I’m facing the same thing.

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by bahareh12 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:25 pm

aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:32 pm
allyf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:13 pm
aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:53 pm

I spoke to an immigration lawyer in London. They suggested the super premium service. It can be used by upto 4 unrelated people, sharing the costs. The service is practically on demand and they come out to the customers premises (house, office). For people in a fix like me for FLR(M) that could be an option if there are 3 others wanting to join in.
How much do they charge?
They haven't told me yet said they will call back after confirming they have 4 such requests. But they said if I don't need application prep assistance then there will be an arrangement fee. For Application Prep they will charge their standard fee. I didn't ask as I have already filled my application online.

On a positive note I just called UKVI and inquired about FLR(M) in the new application system. The lady asked me where had I heard about the new system. I said it was in gov.uk news sometime ago (couldn't really quote the link in this thread as it was third party). After putting me on hold the customer service rep came back saying she had spoken to her colleagues, and they were being debriefed about the new system this week. So asked me to call back Friday or next Monday. But she did say that "In general all visa categories which can be applied online now will also be included in the new system starting in Nov".

So fingers crossed FLR(M) is included and only " Visa to join family members in the UK as a dependant" are excluded!
I am willing to join you for super premium service...

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by jagjitshukla » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:38 pm

aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:32 pm
allyf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:13 pm
aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:53 pm

I spoke to an immigration lawyer in London. They suggested the super premium service. It can be used by upto 4 unrelated people, sharing the costs. The service is practically on demand and they come out to the customers premises (house, office). For people in a fix like me for FLR(M) that could be an option if there are 3 others wanting to join in.
How much do they charge?
They haven't told me yet said they will call back after confirming they have 4 such requests. But they said if I don't need application prep assistance then there will be an arrangement fee. For Application Prep they will charge their standard fee. I didn't ask as I have already filled my application online.

On a positive note I just called UKVI and inquired about FLR(M) in the new application system. The lady asked me where had I heard about the new system. I said it was in gov.uk news sometime ago (couldn't really quote the link in this thread as it was third party). After putting me on hold the customer service rep came back saying she had spoken to her colleagues, and they were being debriefed about the new system this week. So asked me to call back Friday or next Monday. But she did say that "In general all visa categories which can be applied online now will also be included in the new system starting in Nov".

So fingers crossed FLR(M) is included and only " Visa to join family members in the UK as a dependant" are excluded!
In the current online application process of FLR (M) do you get the option to just download & print the form and send it via post or you have to compulsory go for PSC appointment booking?

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by aka007 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:01 pm

jagjitshukla wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:38 pm

In the current online application process of FLR (M) do you get the option to just download & print the form and send it via post or you have to compulsory go for PSC appointment booking?
Yes both options are there.

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by emNZ » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:05 pm

aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:01 pm
jagjitshukla wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:38 pm

In the current online application process of FLR (M) do you get the option to just download & print the form and send it via post or you have to compulsory go for PSC appointment booking?
Yes both options are there.
Hi aka007
I am in the same situation as you and also freaking out at the lack of appointments! My visa expires on the 11th December and I am flying out on the 23rd December.
Is your plan to wait and see what happens on Friday when the new service launches and whether we can book in on FLR M?
Thanks

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by boopity » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:22 pm

aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:32 pm
allyf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:13 pm
aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:53 pm

I spoke to an immigration lawyer in London. They suggested the super premium service. It can be used by upto 4 unrelated people, sharing the costs. The service is practically on demand and they come out to the customers premises (house, office). For people in a fix like me for FLR(M) that could be an option if there are 3 others wanting to join in.
How much do they charge?
They haven't told me yet said they will call back after confirming they have 4 such requests. But they said if I don't need application prep assistance then there will be an arrangement fee. For Application Prep they will charge their standard fee. I didn't ask as I have already filled my application online.

On a positive note I just called UKVI and inquired about FLR(M) in the new application system. The lady asked me where had I heard about the new system. I said it was in gov.uk news sometime ago (couldn't really quote the link in this thread as it was third party). After putting me on hold the customer service rep came back saying she had spoken to her colleagues, and they were being debriefed about the new system this week. So asked me to call back Friday or next Monday. But she did say that "In general all visa categories which can be applied online now will also be included in the new system starting in Nov".

So fingers crossed FLR(M) is included and only " Visa to join family members in the UK as a dependant" are excluded!
I'd be up for the super premium if everything else falls through.

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by aka007 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:03 pm

boopity wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:22 pm
aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:32 pm
allyf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:13 pm
aka007 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:53 pm

I spoke to an immigration lawyer in London. They suggested the super premium service. It can be used by upto 4 unrelated people, sharing the costs. The service is practically on demand and they come out to the customers premises (house, office). For people in a fix like me for FLR(M) that could be an option if there are 3 others wanting to join in.
How much do they charge?
They haven't told me yet said they will call back after confirming they have 4 such requests. But they said if I don't need application prep assistance then there will be an arrangement fee. For Application Prep they will charge their standard fee. I didn't ask as I have already filled my application online.

On a positive note I just called UKVI and inquired about FLR(M) in the new application system. The lady asked me where had I heard about the new system. I said it was in gov.uk news sometime ago (couldn't really quote the link in this thread as it was third party). After putting me on hold the customer service rep came back saying she had spoken to her colleagues, and they were being debriefed about the new system this week. So asked me to call back Friday or next Monday. But she did say that "In general all visa categories which can be applied online now will also be included in the new system starting in Nov".

So fingers crossed FLR(M) is included and only " Visa to join family members in the UK as a dependant" are excluded!
I'd be up for the super premium if everything else falls through.
I am planning to wait till Friday or even Monday to see if FLR (M) is included in the new system.

Meanwhile just to keep an alternate option open whoever needs to go for superpremium pls Google XXXXXXXX of London. Go to their Family and Spouse visas tab and call the no. You may not get to speak to the same person as I but tell them you are aware that others have contacted their firm for super premium service and cost sharing. Once a group is formed we can keep this option as standby asking them to wait for a week.

I tried a couple of other big firms in London today, one was not interested and another one said they will charge £400 per hour as fees for a dedicated person to just sit and book a slot (which proves they don't have backdoor access to the booking system). Quite interestingly I also tried the number on work permit dot com ad which keeps popping up on this website. And they straightaway said they can't help in booking appointments.

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by emNZ » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:23 am

I think the company name was blocked?
And just to clarify if we split the cost at about £2500 per person, we don't have to pay the £1643 fee we would have done if you book online?

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by CR001 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:27 am

emNZ wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:23 am
I think the company name was blocked?
And just to clarify if we split the cost at about £2500 per person, we don't have to pay the £1643 fee we would have done if you book online?
For super premium service, you pay the service fee AND the visa/ILR application fee and IHS if relevant and you alps likely have to pay the normal premium service fee too.
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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by Eagle123 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:03 am

Hi All,

I also need to book an appointment for ILR in mid. December. As far as I understand when the news system goes ahead the applicants will only need to provide digital copies of the documents including passports. Does it mean that once we apply and wait for the decision we can travel abroad if the current visa is still valid? Will appreciate any info on this.

Thank you very much in advance.

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Re: Premium Service appointment booking issue for ILR (LR)

Post by neilajgaonkar » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:33 pm

Eagle123 wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:03 am
Hi All,

I also need to book an appointment for ILR in mid. December. As far as I understand when the news system goes ahead the applicants will only need to provide digital copies of the documents including passports. Does it mean that once we apply and wait for the decision we can travel abroad if the current visa is still valid? Will appreciate any info on this.

Thank you very much in advance.
No, if you leave the country your application will be deemed withdrawn. The digital bias is to save time in posting and taking care of original documents of 100s of applicants for the Home Office. Only travel after Biometrics Card is received.

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