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UK visa application delay experiences

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by polishkap » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:03 pm

nadiaslsbl wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:44 pm
polishkap wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:16 pm
Hey everyone, I've applied for my visa on the 29th of August from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. At the visa application centre they've told me the standard processing time for this location would be 10 days, I've received confirmation from UKVI Sheffield on the 30th of August and haven't heard from them since. Today I rang UKVI up and they said visa processing times have been extended/delayed up to 30 working days and there's nothing they can do. My course starts on the 25th, CAS number is still marked as assigned and not used. UKVI also said that they've employed lots of new staff to deal with the tier 4 backlog, so hopefully we'll all get our visas soon. I haven't waited for half as long as you guys but this waiting game is creating so much anxiety :( good luck everyone!!
Did ukvi really told you that they hired more staff? seriously?? How did they told you about that? through call or email? what exactly did they say?

I rang them up using the international enquiries number provided and the lady I spoke to said that it's a very busy period for them, and they're aware that there are a lot of tier 4 applicants waiting so they've hired more staff to deal with this backlog. Not sure if she was saying that just to comfort me or if that's the truth. They've also told me to call back next week and that's when they will be able to escalate the case

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Bolivar » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:16 pm

Hi guys i applied on 17th of July from Turkey and i have no information about my visa status. I called UKVI and they told me they will send me an e-mail but nothing happened. Last week my Uni told me that they called UKVI and they will give a decision on my application ASAP.

And today ECO send me this e mail:

Thank you for your enquiry
The processing of this application has not been straightforward. We are continuing to work on the application and will make a decision as soon as we are able to. We cannot give a time scale for when a decision will be made, however I have escalated this to the appropriate Entry Clearance team so that it can be progressed as quickly as possible.

If you have any further enquiries, please visit our website at www.GOV.UK

Is it because of my Uni's request or my call i called them on 2nd of August? Am i be hopefully or not i thought they re working on my case now? What's your experiences?

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by saif94 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:08 pm

khozam wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:56 am
saif94 wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:58 am
hello guys I got visa today. Hope my timeline helps u all who are about to get visa

biometric: 11th August
application revieving mail: 20th August
exceeding 15 working days mail: 26th August
Got call from VAC for rescanning: 28th August
CAS status changed to USED: 8th September
Got visa: 12th September
Course start date: 11th September

I got visa after complete 1 month, 22 working days. Guys dont lose hope you all are about to get visas soon
Congrats Saif. Which university you are going to?
University Of Sheffield

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Zaria » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:06 pm

I know a lot of students are facing issues with their visa delays. I applied for tier4 general student and my husband applied as my dependent on same day. Here is our case,
Course start date: 12th September 
Our application date :20July
Our Biometrics and interview : 27 July
UKVI received our case : 4th August
I got my Application processed email: 21st August
I got my Tier 4 student visa : 29 August
So on 18 August my husband got email regarding delay in processing. 
We are still waiting for his decision. We called and emailed UKVI several times, they say your application has been escalated. 
My vignette sticker expires on 19th September. I can't travel alone. If I go alone before 19th and my husband's visa gets refused what will I do? In that case my university fee will not be refunded. There is no way i will stay in UK for a whole year or so without my husband. 
We are really disturbed and worried because of this whole process. Anyone else with same situation?  

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Maldv » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:00 am

Another day...

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Sam1990 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:33 am

@helleravinas and Mugatiya26 Did you guys collected your passport?
Any other July applicants got their decision?

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by June95 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:01 am

I am waiting since 8th august. And my CAS status is still assigned.
This is all so frustrating.

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by uskhan » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:08 am

Sam1990 wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:33 am
@helleravinas and Mugatiya26 Did you guys collected your passport?
Any other July applicants got their decision?
Yes, 27 July applicants got visa yesterday,from Karachi, Pakistan

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by khozam » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:22 am

June95 wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:01 am
I am waiting since 8th august. And my CAS status is still assigned.
This is all so frustrating.
Applied 4th August and CAS still not used as of today..!!

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by June95 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:24 am

khozam wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:22 am
June95 wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:01 am
I am waiting since 8th august. And my CAS status is still assigned.
This is all so frustrating.
Applied 4th August and CAS still not used as of today..!!
I Dont understand why they are doing this.
My classes are starting from 18th september.

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Maldv » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:38 am

Feeling so helpless. July 17th and still waiting

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by AMS9324 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:47 am

Maldv wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:38 am
Feeling so helpless. July 17th and still waiting
Well I'm waiting from the 7th, all we can do is just be patient and hopeful

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by helleravinas » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:59 am

uskhan wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:08 am
Sam1990 wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:33 am
@helleravinas and Mugatiya26 Did you guys collected your passport?
Any other July applicants got their decision?
Yes, 27 July applicants got visa yesterday,from Karachi, Pakistan
no call from vfs still ....I m frustrated..too much stress nd I m scared abt decision

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by uskhan » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:02 am

helleravinas wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:59 am
uskhan wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:08 am
Sam1990 wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:33 am
@helleravinas and Mugatiya26 Did you guys collected your passport?
Any other July applicants got their decision?
Yes, 27 July applicants got visa yesterday,from Karachi, Pakistan
no call from vfs still ....I m frustrated..too much stress nd I m scared abt decision
few applicants applied on 11 jul & 14 July starting course 11 sept Latest, got their visa last week (few days before course commencement date).

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Sushant69 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:12 am

uskhan wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:02 am
helleravinas wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:59 am
uskhan wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:08 am
Sam1990 wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:33 am
@helleravinas and Mugatiya26 Did you guys collected your passport?
Any other July applicants got their decision?
Yes, 27 July applicants got visa yesterday,from Karachi, Pakistan
no call from vfs still ....I m frustrated..too much stress nd I m scared abt decision
few applicants applied on 11 jul & 14 July starting course 11 sept Latest, got their visa last week (few days before course commencement date).
17th July. Nothing. No decision. Hope is the only option. So painful.

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by KuldeepKB » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:18 am

Just got email and message from vfs to collect my passport , I will collect my passport tomorrow,
Timeline applied and biometric 1st august
1st email 9 august
2nd email 18 august
Escalated my CAS 4 sept
Got message today 13 sept
Classes start 22 sept
Finger crossed , hopping for best

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by khozam » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:25 am

KuldeepKB wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:18 am
Just got email and message from vfs to collect my passport , I will collect my passport tomorrow,
Timeline applied and biometric 1st august
1st email 9 august
2nd email 18 august
Escalated my CAS 4 sept
Got message today 13 sept
Classes start 22 sept
Finger crossed , hopping for best
Good news for you - must be a sign of BIGG relief.. :)

Well I also applied just 3 days later than you. It means that my case is also closed and I an expect some news in this or next week may be.

Good luck to you bro.

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by jasminsos » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:22 am

Anyone else experiencing delays in Switzerland?

Applied on the 31st and got the second email like the day after- but its been two weeks and nothing!
I paid for priority and did everything I could, was reassured it would be done in 5 days... classes start this Monday. Really nervous.

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Can_orp » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:08 am

mahbolla wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:08 am
My university has informed me that my CAS was used on Sept 1st. Hopefully, I would receive my visa with in a week. fingers crossed.
Dear Mahbolla,

Did you receive VISA?

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by CR001 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:11 am

Can_orp wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:08 am
mahbolla wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:08 am
My university has informed me that my CAS was used on Sept 1st. Hopefully, I would receive my visa with in a week. fingers crossed.
Dear Mahbolla,

Did you receive VISA?
You can have scanned through the last few pages of the topic to find the answer.
by mahbolla » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:34 am

I got my T4 visa today. I applied for standard visa on 19th July from Hyderabad - India.

Timeline:

Applied - 19th july
ECO Mail - 31st July

Got message and call from VFS today. No email from UKVI.
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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by nabeelhussain92 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:18 am

KuldeepKB wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:18 am
Just got email and message from vfs to collect my passport , I will collect my passport tomorrow,
Timeline applied and biometric 1st august
1st email 9 august
2nd email 18 august
Escalated my CAS 4 sept
Got message today 13 sept
Classes start 22 sept
Finger crossed , hopping for best
When was your CAS used?

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Sam1990 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:42 am

Can_orp wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:08 am
mahbolla wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:08 am
My university has informed me that my CAS was used on Sept 1st. Hopefully, I would receive my visa with in a week. fingers crossed.
Dear Mahbolla,

Did you receive VISA?
When did you apply Can_orp?

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Maldv » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:54 am

My uni just said that they are aware of many visa delays and that they are making special arrangements for such students. - Unii of Leeds

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by nhan908 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:17 pm

I'll post my timeline if anyone finds it useful. Applying from Vietnam by the way.

Appointment/biometrics date: 24 August
Application received: 2 September
Application processed (date on visa letter) and CAS used date: 8 September
Passport collection email: 13 September

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Re: UK visa application delay experiences

Post by Amei » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:22 pm

Hello folks

I've been reading this thread for quite while now.
Timeline
1st Aug / biometric & interview
8th Aug / ECO email
18th Aug / processing is delay email
28th Aug / call from UKVC for rescanning documents
29th Aug / Rescanning done
6th Sep / Call UKVI to escalate my Case

Yesterday I email university to check my CAS status.
Today I got an email from university.

Dear xxxxxx

I have been informed by the Home Office that your visa was granted yesterday. The only you need to do now is to wait to receive your documents.

😍Finger Crossed.
Now I am confused how an earth university can be notified by home office that student has been granted a Visa.
Does this ever happen to anyone on this forum that university can able to confirm wheather visa has been granted or refused before passport collection.
What do you think on it?

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