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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by CR001 » Thu May 02, 2019 12:52 pm

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by viren1809 » Thu May 02, 2019 1:58 pm

viren1809 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:02 pm
viren1809 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:01 am
1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General, Priority Service
2. Country of application - India
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Bangalore
4. Date of application - 17th April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 23 Apr 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : Not Received Yet
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - waiting
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - waiting
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- waiting
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - waiting
11. Date passport received/picked up - waiting
1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General, Priority Service
2. Country of application - India
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Bangalore
4. Date of application - 17th April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 23 Apr 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 23 Apr 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - waiting
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - waiting
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- waiting
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - waiting
11. Date passport received/picked up - waiting
1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General, Priority Service
2. Country of application - India
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Bangalore
4. Date of application - 17th April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 23 Apr 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 23 Apr 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - 1 May 2019
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from -
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- 1 May 2019
10. Duration for Entry Clearance -
11. Date passport received/picked up - 2 May 2019

Good Luck Everyone.

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by vsumanam » Thu May 02, 2019 3:17 pm

1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General Normal
2. Country of application - UAE
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Dubai
4. Date of application - 1st April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 08 Apr 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 14 Apr 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - No Email received
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - last week of May
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- 2 May 2019
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - 1 Month
11. Date passport received/picked up - 2 May 2019

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by shhary » Mon May 06, 2019 2:39 am

shhary wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:40 am
shhary wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:05 am
1)Category under application: Tier 2 General (Standard)
2)Country of apply: Malaysia (Indian expat living in Malaysia)
3) Centre of visa application: Kuala Lumpur ( but passport gets stamped in Manila UK consulate)
4) Date of application: 14th Apr 2019
5) Date of Biometrics & document submission: 15th Apr 2019
6)online application received at uk consulate email: Not received yet
7) current application status: Awaiting decision (by calling UKVI )

Waiting eagerly to receive mine. It’s been just 3 working days after submission of biometrics. As yesterday and Monday the home office is on leave due to Good Friday & Easter I gotta wait a lot now.

Hoping it reaches me within 15 working days I.e by 9th May.
6)Online application received at uk consulate email: 26/04/2019
7) current application status: Awaiting decision (by calling UKVI )
8)Passport dispatched sms: waiting
9)passport received: waiting


Others please update your processing timelines for April if you have received.

Thanks
Shhary

I received a mail stating the decision has been made on my application and now waiting for the vfs to courier my passport.

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by humma » Mon May 06, 2019 8:14 pm

humma wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:14 pm
1. Category applying under - Tier 2 ICT Dependent (Normal Service)
2. Country of application - India
3. City of Visa Application Centre - New Delhi, India
4. Date of application - 08-Mar-2019 (No Appointment slots were available till 1st April 2019) :shock:
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 01-Apr-2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 05-Apr-2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - waiting
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - waiting
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- waiting
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - waiting
11. Date passport received/picked up - waiting

Its been 19 days since document submission at VFS but no further communication or mail received. Checked with few other dependants who applied on the same day with me and they also have not received any further mail after this. Not sure how much time it is going to take??? :o
Still not received :(

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by sachinis100 » Tue May 07, 2019 10:34 am

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1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General, Priority Service
2. Country of application - India
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Hyderabad
4. Date of application - 18 April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 25 Apr 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail: 25 Apr 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - 06 May 2019
11. Date passport received/picked up - 07 May 2019.

Good Luck Everyone.

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by skpaul » Wed May 08, 2019 2:30 pm

skpaul wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 10:38 am
1. Category applying under (General / ICT / other) : Tier 2 General (Priority) with one dependent
2. Country of application : India
3. City of Visa Application Center : Hyderabad
4. Date of application : 25 April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents (if different from 3 above). : 01 May 2019
6. Date Entry Clearance valid from :Pending
7. Duration for Entry Clearance : Pending
8. Date passport received : Pending

Received SMS on 01 May 2019 at 21:16 stating "the visa application GWF**** was forwarded to UKVI on 05/01/2019"
1. Category applying under (General / ICT / other) : Tier 2 General (Priority) with one dependent
2. Country of application : India
3. City of Visa Application Center : Hyderabad
4. Date of application : 25 April 2019
5. Biometric/Date of submission of documents (if different from 3 above). : 01 May 2019
6. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport: Waiting
7. Date Entry Clearance valid from : Waiting
8. Duration for Entry Clearance : Waiting
9. Date passport received : Waiting

Waiting ...waiting and waiting.... :!:

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by shhary » Thu May 09, 2019 12:48 pm

shhary wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 2:39 am
shhary wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:40 am
shhary wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:05 am
1)Category under application: Tier 2 General (Standard)
2)Country of apply: Malaysia (Indian expat living in Malaysia)
3) Centre of visa application: Kuala Lumpur ( but passport gets stamped in Manila UK consulate)
4) Date of application: 14th Apr 2019
5) Date of Biometrics & document submission: 15th Apr 2019
6)online application received at uk consulate email: Not received yet
7) current application status: Awaiting decision (by calling UKVI )

Waiting eagerly to receive mine. It’s been just 3 working days after submission of biometrics. As yesterday and Monday the home office is on leave due to Good Friday & Easter I gotta wait a lot now.

Hoping it reaches me within 15 working days I.e by 9th May.
6)Online application received at uk consulate email: 26/04/2019
7) current application status: Awaiting decision (by calling UKVI )
8)Passport dispatched sms: waiting
9)passport received: waiting


Others please update your processing timelines for April if you have received.

Thanks
Shhary

I received a mail stating the decision has been made on my application and now waiting for the vfs to courier my passport.

I checked my status of my application by sending an e-mail to the home office and that’s when I got the email reply on Monday that the decision has been made.
It’s the 4th day after I heard the decision has been mail I got and I have not yet received my passport.
Waiting ! Today I shall complete my 15 working days after the biometrics yet no updates from vfs and home office. Waiting! 😔

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by humma » Fri May 10, 2019 2:03 pm

humma wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:14 pm
1. Category applying under - Tier 2 ICT Dependent (Normal Service)
2. Country of application - India
3. City of Visa Application Centre - New Delhi, India
4. Date of application - 08-Mar-2019 (No Appointment slots were available till 1st April 2019) :shock:
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 01-Apr-2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 05-Apr-2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - Not Received
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - 07-May-2019
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- 09-May-2019
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - 1 Month
11. Date passport received/picked up - 10-May-2019

Its been 19 days since document submission at VFS but no further communication or mail received. Checked with few other dependants who applied on the same day with me and they also have not received any further mail after this. Not sure how much time it is going to take??? :o
Good Luck Everyone!!!

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by shhary » Fri May 10, 2019 3:36 pm

shhary wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 12:48 pm
shhary wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 2:39 am
shhary wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:40 am
shhary wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:05 am
1)Category under application: Tier 2 General (Standard)
2)Country of apply: Malaysia (Indian expat living in Malaysia)
3) Centre of visa application: Kuala Lumpur ( but passport gets stamped in Manila UK consulate)
4) Date of application: 14th Apr 2019
5) Date of Biometrics & document submission: 15th Apr 2019
6)online application received at uk consulate email: Not received yet
7) current application status: Awaiting decision (by calling UKVI )

Waiting eagerly to receive mine. It’s been just 3 working days after submission of biometrics. As yesterday and Monday the home office is on leave due to Good Friday & Easter I gotta wait a lot now.

Hoping it reaches me within 15 working days I.e by 9th May.
6)Online application received at uk consulate email: 26/04/2019
7) current application status: Awaiting decision (by calling UKVI )
8)Passport dispatched sms: waiting
9)passport received: waiting


Others please update your processing timelines for April if you have received.

Thanks
Shhary

I received a mail stating the decision has been made on my application and now waiting for the vfs to courier my passport.

I checked my status of my application by sending an e-mail to the home office and that’s when I got the email reply on Monday that the decision has been made.
It’s the 4th day after I heard the decision has been mail I got and I have not yet received my passport.
Waiting ! Today I shall complete my 15 working days after the biometrics yet no updates from vfs and home office. Waiting! 😔

I got my passport today. I have not received a single mail or sms from VFS office. It so happened that I went to vfs office today and my passport was there . This was at 8.30 am . So I guess my passport had reached the vfs office on 9th May but they never updated.

Please have a check at vfs if u haven’t received your passport yet.
I received in exactly 15 working days after biometrics.
Good luck to the others who are waiting.

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by dubai786 » Sun May 12, 2019 4:12 pm

dubai786 wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:09 pm
dubai786 wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:06 pm
1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General, Normal Service
2. Country of application - UAE
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Dubai
4. Date of application - 08 April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 15 Apr 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : Sat, 27 Apr 2019, 2:39 pm
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - never received
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - 21/05/19
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- 12/05/19
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - 30 days
11. Date passport received/picked up - 12/05/10. ALHUMDOLILALLAH visa granted.

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by skpaul » Tue May 14, 2019 6:27 pm

skpaul wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 2:30 pm
skpaul wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 10:38 am
1. Category applying under (General / ICT / other) : Tier 2 General (Priority) with one dependent
2. Country of application : India
3. City of Visa Application Center : Hyderabad
4. Date of application : 25 April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents (if different from 3 above). : 01 May 2019
6. Date Entry Clearance valid from :Pending
7. Duration for Entry Clearance : Pending
8. Date passport received : Pending

Received SMS on 01 May 2019 at 21:16 stating "the visa application GWF**** was forwarded to UKVI on 05/01/2019"
1. Category applying under (General / ICT / other) : Tier 2 General (Priority) with one dependent
2. Country of application : India
3. City of Visa Application Center : Hyderabad
4. Date of application : 25 April 2019
5. Biometric/Date of submission of documents (if different from 3 above). : 01 May 2019
6. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport: Waiting
7. Date Entry Clearance valid from : Waiting
8. Duration for Entry Clearance : Waiting
9. Date passport received : Waiting

Waiting ...waiting and waiting.... :!:
1. Category applying under (General / ICT / other): Tier 2 General (Priority) with one dependent
2. Country of application: India
3. City of Visa Application Center: Hyderabad
4. Date of application: 25 April 2019
5. Biometric/Date of submission of documents (if different from 3 above). : 01 May 2019
6. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport: 13-May-2019 for my wife and 14-May-2019 for myself
7. Date Entry Clearance valid from: 20-May-2018
8. Duration for Entry Clearance: One Month
9. Date passport received: 13-May-2019 for my wife and 14-May-2019 for myself

Finally, the wait is over and it took 8 working days to get the VISA. Good Luck to everyone!

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by kirankumar15789 » Wed May 15, 2019 7:47 am

1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General, Standard Service
2. Country of application - India
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Hyderabad
4. Date of application - 18 April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 22 Apr 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail: 1 May 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - Never Received (Called UKVI after 15 working days from biometric, they mentioned decision was made on (9th May 2019)
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - 9th May 2019
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- 14th May 2019
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - 1 month
11. Date passport received/picked up - 15th May 2019

Below is the summary for applications from VFS, Hyderabad
Wait time for Biometric Appointment : Within a week
Days from Biometric submission to acknowledgement by Decision Making center : 7 working days (This can be avoided if you take Priority service)
Days to make a decision: 7 working days (I noticed they don't make any difference of standard or priority at this stage)
Days for passport to reach from Decision Making center to VFS : 3 working days.

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by GLP » Wed May 15, 2019 3:34 pm

Since this forum was helpful to me, I just wanted to add my timeline to help others

. Category applying under - Tier 2 General ICT, Priority
2. Country of application - Qatar
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Doha
4. Date of application - 25 April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 30 Apr 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail: 1 May 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - Never Received
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - 13th May 2019
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- 13th May 2019
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - 1 month
11. Date passport received/picked up - 14th May 2019

The letter was dated the 10 May. I found that it did take quite long for a priority application, and I did stress a bit. Good luck to everyone!

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Post by shaun_za » Fri May 17, 2019 8:00 pm

1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General ICT, Priority (with one dependent)
2. Country of application - South Africa
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Durban
4. Date of application - 26 April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at TLS - 02 March 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail: Never received
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - Never Received - I called the home office on the 13th and they confirmed that a decision had been made on the 11th of May
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - 11th May 2019
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- 17th May 2019
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - 1 month
11. Date passport received/picked up - 17th May 2019

Even though I paid for the priority service and they did make the decision in 5 working days (bank holiday moved it back) I feel like my passport was returned to me intentionally the day before my BRP was ready to be collected? Anyone else found that?

So, I paid to expect to receive my letter and passport in 5 days, but all in from decision was a day over 2 weeks.

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Post by candiceli423 » Wed May 22, 2019 3:43 am

1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General, Priority Service
2. Country of application - Hong Kong
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Hong Kong
4. Date of application - 15th May 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 15th May 2019 (I walked in without appointment as earliest slot was more than a week later)
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 17th May 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - waiting
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - waiting
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- waiting
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - waiting
11. Date passport received/picked up - waiting

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by nightcrawler2u » Thu May 23, 2019 9:19 am

1. Category applying under - Tier 2 Shortage Occupation Dependant, Priority Service
2. Country of application - SINGAPORE
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Singapore
4. Date of application - 24th April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 2nd May 2019
6. The Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 2nd May 2019
7. Date of of Decision Made - 20th May (We had to call and pay to find out - no email or notification from UKVI to VFS)
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - 21st May
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport - None
10. Date passport received/picked up - 23rd May

Total days from Biometrics to passport collection : 14 Days (excluding public holidays).

We went to VFS ourselves and collected passport on 23rd May after getting tired of waiting. We got absolutely no communication from them in any way. It was out of sheer irritation we went there ourselves. We also had to call UKVI and pay the call charges to get information on status of the process.
It also seems priority means nothing and paying the extra makes no difference to processing times. This seems to be a common theme seen by many on this forum.

Our advice after going through a lot of turmoil and anxiety waiting - call Home Office for updates and go straight to VFS if Home Office say its processed. VFS cannot be relied on to inform you of anything.

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by leahfinlayson » Fri May 24, 2019 10:08 pm

1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General Normal (Priority)
2. Country of application - New Zealand
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Wellington (Auckland had a two week wait for biometric appt)
4. Date of application - 17th April 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 23rd April 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 23rd April 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - No Email received
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - 5th May 2019
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- NA - sent back to NZ. Arrived in NZ on the 10th May 2019
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - 1 Month
11. Date passport received/picked up - 10th May 2019

Learnings:
It took longer than expected. My theory is they only send the passports back from Sydney to NZ once per week, they arrive on a Friday at the visa centre and are distributed from there.

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by rexhyd » Sat May 25, 2019 5:58 pm

1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General, Priority Service(5 day service)
2. Country of application - India
3. City of Visa Application Centre - Bangalore
4. Date of application - 10th May 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 15th Mat 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 16th May 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - waiting
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - waiting
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- waiting
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - waiting
11. Date passport received/picked up - waiting

Called the paid contact centre on 24th May and got a reply that the decision is still pending..
Hoping to hear the news soon!!

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Re: Out-of-country Tier 2 application timelines

Post by mandelhi » Sun May 26, 2019 1:11 pm

1. Category applying under - Tier 2 General, standard
2. Country of application - India
3. City of Visa Application Centre - New Dekhi
4. Date of application - 2nd May 2019
5. Date of submission of documents and biometrics at VFS - 7th May 2019
6. Your online application has been received at the UK Decision Making Centre e-mail : 12th May 2019
7. Date of receipt of Decision Made e-mail - waiting
8. Date Entry Clearance valid from - waiting
9. Got Email/SMS to collect Passport- waiting
10. Duration for Entry Clearance - waiting
11. Date passport received/picked up - waiting

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