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    Cheers guys,

    I have cracked on with the online application and nearly there.

    Everything was good until section 4. Documents and the question ‘Other grounds for wanting to stay in the UK’, it gives examples such as active parental relationship, welfare of children etc. and providing genuine subsisting relationship evidence if selected.

    Has anyone selected this option? I maybe wrong but I don’t remember this question being on any of the previous paper based applications before so I am a bit stumped as what to do here? We have a 2 year old daughter (UK citizen) now so obviously this would apply to us here but a bit confused. . . .

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    You should only answer yes to this question if your wife has a compelling reason why she can't leave the UK, should your application be refused. A reason such as, your wife is on long term prescribed medication in the UK that would not be available for her in Thailand.

    I selected "I do not have any other reasons for wanting to stay in the UK" for this one, and moved on to the next question. Whatever your answer is will have no effect on the decision, and it would only become relevant in the event of an appeal to a decision.

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    Many Thanks to you Elad,

    In the end i selected the "I have other reasons" and stated our daughter as a reason, will send the daughters birth certificate as the supporting evidence. As you have said this shouldn't have any effect on the visa other than in the event of appeal but i would have kicked myself if i didn't include something that may have helped down the line - i am overly cautious in matters like this though.

    To be honest i think i have been over thinking things with this visa application, not sure if it is the new system that has increased my apprehension/anxiety levels or because it is the last one so to speak, or just the exorbitant cost of this visa, maybe a combination of all 3? I like many others i am sure will be glad when its all finally over though. . .

    Regarding the application, i completed the online application tonight, all paid for and submitted. We haven't booked the UKVCAS appointment yet as at first glance tonight none of the dates/times suited, but they only showed the next 2 weeks availability. I will firm up my work commitments in the coming days and get one booked. I will start submitting all of the documents tonight/tomorrow as well but will keep you all updated on how we get on.

    Thanks to everyone for all your help and advice, it has been very reassuring.

    Thanks
    Pete & Kob

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    We haven't booked the UKVCAS appointment yet as at first glance tonight none of the dates/times suited, but they only showed the next 2 weeks availability. I will firm up my work commitments in the coming days and get one booked.
    When you book the appointment make sure you receive a confirmation email which should contain an attachment with a "QR" code and print it out. My wife had her ILR appointment yesterday but she wasn't sent a confirmation email with the code. Apparently the email containing this code often goes into a spam folder but we checked everything and was never received. This code is required for scanning when she gives her biometrics. Luckily we got around it but they almost didn't allow her to proceed to her appointment.

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    I can see a lot of questions coming from myself in the next 12 months

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    Hi All,

    Just to update you on where we are with the wife's ILR application.

    I completed the online application and submitted it on the 13th August. Due to a lack of availability with the Biomteric appointments at our local service centre - Hull Central Library and also my work commitments we had to wait a month and booked the appointment for 16th September, this was a standard slot and cost £60.

    For anyone booking the appointments it would only show availability within the next 10 working days.

    I scanned and uploaded all of the documentation myself with the exception of our passports, the hard part of this was finding the correct category section to put them in, the section headers don't make much sense to me, and a few others also looking at comments on this forum.

    Anyway we attended the appointment without real issue, we printed off the appointment confirmation with the bar code and was seen to very quickly. In fact we was in and out before our original 11:00am slot. My only comment is that the appointment was conducted in a large open plan area overlooked by a waiting area full with people using the libraries facilities, it didn't bother us but i thought worth mentioning.

    The chap whom we saw had already reviewed our documents and had made some notes/comments regarding which section header I had used. Anyway he re-scanned my payslips, P60, Contract of employment and a couple of other items and added them to the "Other" section - i had put these in the employment section but he advised that was incorrect, he didn't delete them from the original location so we ended up with duplication's. Seemed odd to me but we went with his advice.

    Regarding our passports, my wife had her current Thai Passport, her expired Thai Passport and my 2 UK Current Passports. When he scanned these he only scanned the photo page of each passport, i questioned him and explained my understanding was a scan of the full passport was required, he advised quite clearly no, only the photo pages is required so that is what we went with. I hope this is enough but if the HO do require a full copy i will have to send them.

    Anyway we are in the waiting period now and keeping fingers, toes any other appendages crossed, i will keep you posted on any developments.

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    Good luck Pete.

    My wife's appointment was 12th August. My Mrs is on a Thai Facebook group and recent reported turnaround time seems to be around 4 months so still a while before we can expect a decision ☹️

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    Cheers Toddmeister, same to you and yours.

    Outrageous timescales when you think of the cost they charge us. . . .

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    Keep us all updated please..

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    Hi Toddmeister,

    Has your wife received any email correspondence from Sopra Steria or Home Office since you submitted your application?

    During our Biometric appointment the agent advised that we would receive email confirmation that the application was being processed - but we haven't received anything.

    I had forgot about it to be honest but the wife just mentioned it.

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    Hi Pete

    No we didn't receive anything. The lady at the appointment just said it had been submitted and sent. No other confirmation.

    My wife's friend who applied roughly three weeks before us has just received her visa so should hopefully have ours within the next few weeks

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    Cheers Toddmeister

    That is very good news, hopefully all of our applications follow that timeline, would be an early Christmas gift to get it all over with.

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    Has your wife received any email correspondence from Sopra Steria or Home Office since you submitted your application?
    Hi Again Pete,

    When you originally posted this question I decided to ask Sopra Steria by email if it was normal not to receive any kind of acknowledgement. Anyway they finally responded today.........

    Thank you for your enquiry.
    Your application would have been submitted at the end of your appointment. Unless you have paid for the SMS Service (which would send you confirmation via text), you will not have received confirmation from UKVCAS of your application's submission.
    Once your biometrics and supporting documents have been submitted, UKVI will undertake the case work and make a decision. You will be advised of the decision in due course by UKVI.

    Hopefully puts you mind at ease a little

    Cheers

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    Hi Toddmeister,

    You have gone above and beyond there and i doff the cap to you sir . . .

    Thanks very much, it has certainly eased mine but more so the good wife's anxiety levels.

    Fingers crossed we all get positive outcomes very soon . . . .

    Thanks again, Pete & Kob.

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    Hi All,
    Just to keep you all informed, my wife has just received her ILR BRP this morning .

    No prior email was received or letter from the Home Office stating a decision was made. Her BRP arrived by courier first thing and had to be signed for with photo ID required, the accompanying letter states we should receive a HO letter as well so that might come in the next few days via snail mail service.

    Our reaction is a mixture of joy and relief. . .

    No rest for the wicked though as straight onto the Citizenship application so likely be back with more queries!!

    Thanks to everyone on this forum for all your help, advice and support over the years. We couldn't have done it without this forum and its amazing members.

    Good Luck to everyone.

    Cheers
    Pete & Kob

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    Congrats Pete& Kob. Hopefully we'll have an answer on ours this week

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