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    Default Settlement Visa Waiting Times

    Does anyone know what the waiting times are at the moment?

    My Wife is applying on Thursday, after being apart for 3 months Im so sad, lonely, depressed and utterly useless without her.

    If there is light at the end of this tunnel I hope it shines on me soon.

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    Not sure on waiting times, changnoi. Probably picking up this time of year as well as the Embassy's warning that processing times will increase due to Olympics applications.

    One must expect to wait for up to three-months and anything less is a bonus.

    You really should look on the bright side. Your wife will apply on Thursday and that will be that until she has news of a decision. It took over nine-weeks for my wife to receive her decision eighteen-months ago. She takes her LITUK test next month and applies for ILR in October. All this stress will be a distant memory in next to no time.

    This really is no time to be skulking about and definitely a good time to prepare for the arrival of your wife. I'm sure there's a million and one things you can be doing now.

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    Is that you Martin? I've sent a PM

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    It says 86% done in 15 days here - http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/cu...cessing-times/

    Not sure if 15 days is 15 working days.

    I wonder if previous visit visas make any difference at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by livingwithathaigirl View Post
    Not sure if 15 days is 15 working days. I wonder if previous visit visas make any difference at all?
    The data you are looking at is for December 2011. They (UKBA) always quote in working days, so you need to add weekends and any holidays / closures (sometimes Thai and UK holidays) to get the real waiting time, and as usual, there were a few holidays in December.

    However, recent successes reveal that waiting times are a lot less now than they have been, about 4-5 weeks on average, but there will be an increase in time as the year progresses.... that appears to happen every year.

    Previous visit visas may be taken into account in the decision making process i.e. - Deciding if a Visa should be issued or not (Note* only in certain circumstances).... but, I would doubt very much that it would make little, if any difference in the actual time taken to process the application.

    It will go in the blink of an eye..... use the waiting time to get ready for her arrival

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    I wonder how many get rejected and what's the main reason? I haven't started the settlement visa yet but I've heard it's pretty much the same (apart from the English and TB test for her) and maybe a bit more of a look at your finances (and, of course, the hefty fee). If both visas are submitted with the same number of bank statements, photos, etc, what takes them that much longer, I wonder? She got her visit visa back in a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by livingwithathaigirl View Post
    I haven't started the settlement visa yet but I've heard it's pretty much the same (apart from the English and TB test for her) and maybe a bit more of a look at your finances (and, of course, the hefty fee).
    Take a look at My Sticky, I hope it will give you a fair bit of information.... You may well have completed a Visit Visa and think "easy", but it is a little different and it never hurts to look at other information.

    Good luck.
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    We handed in Hubbys Settlement application on Feb 15th. They told us processing times are about 4 weeks at the moment, so will let you know when we get ours back. Fingers crossed!

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    4 weeks seems to be the stock answer they're giving out right now, I've heard heard of/read about 6 people who were quoted the same processing time.

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    They told my wife 1 month on the 15th February, so that's 2 weeks down on Wednesday and another 2 weeks to go, finding it hard to kill the boredom in Bangkok now!

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    Just bear in mind they work on "working days" so 1 month could be longer than 4 weeks. When my wife applied they told her "one month if quickly, 60 days if long", visa was issued in 16 (working) days. That however was back in September when it was quiet.

    Good luck all

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    Following on from Steve above...... We put our application in exactley 1 week after Steve, however, with some Official Holidays and then the Flooding in Bangkok Area causing staff problems at the Embassy, it added another 3 and a half weeks to the processing time for our application....

    This waiting period, is the worst time, all sorts of questions go through your head.... did I do this / that correctly, but nothing you can do about it, just wait.... enjoy the weather , she will be cold soon enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frogster1953 View Post
    enjoy the weather , she will be cold soon enough!
    Kev,

    This last week I've never seen my Mrs so happy when the temperatures hit double figures! Now anything over 9C she considers to be "dron mak" .

    Steve

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    Applied Feb 15th and just received text this am (March 15th) to say its ready and being couriered to us! Hope they are quick, knowing its ready its frustrating!!!

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    Good luck missmaipenrai,

    When my Mrs received her text last year we expected to wait a few days, as hers was being sent to Phuket, but it turned up the following day. Hope yours is just as fast

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    We picked up our application today, submitted on 15th February and refused on the 15th March! I thought I had a strong enough application, even though I currently enemployed, I was working until Christmas, but accounts showed £7500 in the bank and my parents offered to be 3rd party support with £14000 in the bank and 4 pensions between them. Refused that I didn't have a job in the UK and I didn't include what they pensions were, it seems that I didn't provide a clear enough picture of their finances, even though I supplied 6 months of bank accounts for them. I'm not very happy with these pen pushing UKBA retards!

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    Wifey recieved SMS yesterday....made her merry way down to bangkok today only for it to be ........












    Granted.....wahey!

    Anyway, submitted 3rd of Feb, ready on 14th march....

    from what I can make out the visa start date was last week the 8th feb, were as she stated on the application the travel date was 16th march (took into consideration the 6 week bench mark and date fitted)....not a biggie, but just annoying to think that its been issued and started on the same day, and then the vfs have only got round to processing it now for collection...not a biggie i guess, should be happy 5555.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribal fusion View Post
    We picked up our application today, submitted on 15th February and refused on the 15th March! I thought I had a strong enough application, even though I currently enemployed, I was working until Christmas, but accounts showed £7500 in the bank and my parents offered to be 3rd party support with £14000 in the bank and 4 pensions between them. Refused that I didn't have a job in the UK and I didn't include what they pensions were, it seems that I didn't provide a clear enough picture of their finances, even though I supplied 6 months of bank accounts for them. I'm not very happy with these pen pushing UKBA retards!
    Sorry to hear about your refusal, maybe you could contact one of the forum sponsors about an appeal?

    Quote Originally Posted by wylos View Post
    Wifey recieved SMS yesterday....made her merry way down to bangkok today only for it to be ........

    Granted.....wahey!

    Anyway, submitted 3rd of Feb, ready on 14th march....

    from what I can make out the visa start date was last week the 8th feb, were as she stated on the application the travel date was 16th march (took into consideration the 6 week bench mark and date fitted)....not a biggie, but just annoying to think that its been issued and started on the same day, and then the vfs have only got round to processing it now for collection...not a biggie i guess, should be happy 5555.

    Congratulations on your success!
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    Tribal,

    If you can do the following it may help you (and others)....

    a) scan the rejection letter, blank out any personal details, names etc....
    b) start a new thread here with a suitable title, and post the scanned rejection letter....
    c) take a deep breath, stiff drink, and calm down (easier said than done, I am sure)....

    ... But, I am also sure that if you do the above you will get some advice from the legal eagles here.

    Depending on the wording and reasons stated for refusal, you may even get some advice to enable you to write a letter to the UKBA with a view to getting the refusal overturned.... it has happened before..... or at least an appeal,

    but, 1 step at a time... Keep your chin up....

    Kev


    Wylos, well done to you both...

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    Quote Originally Posted by missmaipenrai View Post
    Applied Feb 15th and just received text this am (March 15th) to say its ready and being couriered to us! Hope they are quick, knowing its ready its frustrating!!!
    .

    Well done missmaipenrai. It's comforting to hear your success after VFS messed with your husband's application. And processed within 4 weeks like as was advised.

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