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mym
Posted 2010-01-22 12:19 AM (#30386)
Subject: British Embassy and Consulates decision times.
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Useful info. Posted before I think, but needs bumping up to people who've joined recently...

The numbers of visa decisions and the times each type took for British Embassies and Consulates are at

http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/processingtimes

They update these figures in the middle of each month - currently they are showing December 2009.

Edited by mym 2010-01-22 12:26 AM
Rasboinik
Posted 2010-01-22 1:24 AM (#30387 - in reply to #30386)
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Thanks for the useful information.
Maybe the moderators should sticky this post.
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Posted 2010-01-22 7:09 AM (#30390 - in reply to #30386)
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TonyH
Posted 2010-01-22 7:15 AM (#30391 - in reply to #30386)
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http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/aboutus/statistics/

some of you might find this of interest
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Posted 2010-01-22 7:32 AM (#30393 - in reply to #30391)
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TonyH - 2010-01-22 12:15 PM http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/aboutus/statistics/ some of you might find this of interest

Tis all just number crunching to show what a good job they do in protecting the shores, and justify their diss-proportunate salaries...........Bunkum.....!!!!!!!!!

TonyH
Posted 2010-01-22 8:32 AM (#30400 - in reply to #30386)
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But if they didn't produce the figures then the argument would be the other way. Interesting article on BBC radio 4's today program this morning with comments now being reported on other stations..... re we really don't have a clue who is here and who has left
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Posted 2010-01-22 11:06 AM (#30415 - in reply to #30386)
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misleading statistics which include EU states that don't require visas.
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Posted 2010-01-22 11:37 AM (#30421 - in reply to #30386)
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eh ?

the visa statistics link posted is simply that visa stasticis which does not as far as I can see does not include EU states

if your commenting on the radio program...it refered to our guess about how many Polish works had left the UK and how many in reality had according to Polands stats
delboydavid
Posted 2010-08-23 10:56 PM (#37484 - in reply to #30386)
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mym - 2010-01-22 12:19 AM

Useful info. Posted before I think, but needs bumping up to people who've joined recently...

The numbers of visa decisions and the times each type took for British Embassies and Consulates are at

http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/processingtimes

They update these figures in the middle of each month - currently they are showing December 2009.


Useful info? More like misleading info.

Unfortunately these waiting times don’t distinguish between when an application is rejected and when the application results in the successful issue of a visa. So you're sat there worrying why your application is taking weeks/months when actually, the longer it's taking is sometimes for the best because a rejection is typically done quicker than the issue of a visa.

These statistics serve no useful purpose whatsoever. Really not sure why it's a sticky thread on the forum?


Edited by delboydavid 2010-08-23 11:05 PM
mym
Posted 2010-08-24 7:33 AM (#37487 - in reply to #37484)
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delboydavid - 2010-08-23 10:56 PM

These statistics serve no useful purpose whatsoever. Really not sure why it's a sticky thread on the forum?


You've obviously not seen the hundreds of "how long will it take"/"can someone give me any indication of likely timescales" questions I regularly see. Lucky you.

Just because something isn't useful to you does not mean it is not useful to others.
delboydavid
Posted 2010-08-24 10:54 AM (#37489 - in reply to #37487)
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mym - 2010-08-24 7:33 AM

You've obviously not seen the hundreds of "how long will it take"/"can someone give me any indication of likely timescales" questions I regularly see. Lucky you.

Just because something isn't useful to you does not mean it is not useful to others.


It's not useful because it is confusing and misleading, for the reason I have already indicated.

To answer the "how long will it take" questions, better to say the unique circumstances of each individual case makes it impossible to estimate the decision times, rather than give people false hopes.

Even better quote the Customer Services Standards for visa application processing times:

Non-Settlement applications
To complete 90 per cent of visa applications (except settlement categories), in not more than three weeks, 98 per cent in six weeks and 100 per cent in 12 weeks.

Settlement applications
To complete 95 per cent of applications for settlement visas in not more than 12 weeks and 100 per cent in not more 24 weeks.

You think it's useful, I don't. Both our opinions have been captured. Let the reader decide.



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Posted 2010-08-24 11:03 AM (#37490 - in reply to #37489)
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I'm sure we are all very grateful for your input.
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Posted 2010-08-24 11:13 AM (#37491 - in reply to #30386)
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The figures merely give decision times, they're not an indication of whether or not the application has been successful. They don't publish these figures separately.
So the figures are useful inasmuch as they give you an idea of how long you should expect to wait for a decision. I suppose it's better than nothing.
delboydavid
Posted 2010-08-24 11:57 AM (#37494 - in reply to #37490)
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mym - 2010-08-24 11:03 AM


I'm sure we are all very grateful for your input.


Grateful? I’m trying to update this thread with information which is up to date. There’s no need for your sarcastic replies.

You probably haven't had to apply for a settlement visa recently, although correct me if I'm wrong.

I’ll tell you why these processing times are confusing and misleading to anyone new to settlement visa applications.

Case 1 (I shall not name the person but we all know who he is) – settlement visa application decision within 7 days. Result – rejection.

Case 2 (mine) – settlement visa application been in the system for 7 weeks – Result as yet unknown.

So, how do you equate that to indicating to someone how long their visa application will take?

My reason for posting if because of a question from another thread and hence felt it necessary to update the information here.


Edited by delboydavid 2010-08-24 11:59 AM
mym
Posted 2010-08-24 1:02 PM (#37496 - in reply to #37491)
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Malcolm - 2010-08-24 11:13 AM

The figures merely give decision times, they're not an indication of whether or not the application has been successful. They don't publish these figures separately.


They do, actually, though only on an annual basis.


So the figures are useful inasmuch as they give you an idea of how long you should expect to wait for a decision. I suppose it's better than nothing.


Exactly.
mym
Posted 2010-08-24 1:08 PM (#37497 - in reply to #37494)
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delboydavid - 2010-08-24 11:57 AM

You probably haven't had to apply for a settlement visa recently, although correct me if I'm wrong.

I’ll tell you why these processing times are confusing and misleading to anyone new to settlement visa applications.

Case 1 (I shall not name the person but we all know who he is) – settlement visa application decision within 7 days. Result – rejection.

Case 2 (mine) – settlement visa application been in the system for 7 weeks – Result as yet unknown.

So, how do you equate that to indicating to someone how long their visa application will take?


I'm involved on a daily basis with settlement, and other, visa applications and people who've just applied find these statistics *very* useful in giving them an idea of likely timescales and how long to wait before considering chasing up an application.

Your negative view of the usefulness of the information is clearly influenced by your own position (which I hope is resolved positively soon), however that does not make the information "confusing" or "misleading" for other people, for the purposes I refer to.
delboydavid
Posted 2010-08-24 1:26 PM (#37498 - in reply to #30386)
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My posts do hint of a little frustration because of my own situation and for that I apologise.

I was just trying to make readers realise those decision times should not be taken at face value. Their application could be at either end of the bell curve and there’s no indication which end.

Thanks for the best wishes regarding a positive outcome for my application.
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Posted 2010-08-27 7:40 AM (#37577 - in reply to #30386)
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@Mark, thanks for sharing.
Rasboinik
Posted 2010-08-27 11:34 AM (#37584 - in reply to #37498)
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delboydavid - 2010-08-24 11:26 PM

My posts do hint of a little frustration because of my own situation and for that I apologise.

I was just trying to make readers realise those decision times should not be taken at face value. Their application could be at either end of the bell curve and there’s no indication which end.

Thanks for the best wishes regarding a positive outcome for my application.


David,

The idea behind the suggestion was that if your application is outside the curve then (in my opinion) you are justified in contacting the Embassy and asking them why.

Don't forget that your GF's application is a little complicated so I would expect that the decision regarding your GF's and your daughters visa applications will touch the far side of the curve.
delboydavid
Posted 2010-08-27 1:23 PM (#37585 - in reply to #30386)
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Yes, I see your point, but the "bell curve" for settlement visas, as far as the Embassy sees it, starts at day 1 and ends after 24 weeks.

I did contact the Embassy and they said "Decision regarding visa applications for your partner and daughter is not done yet".

I don't think it's an overly complicated application by the way. My daughter is my daughter and hence a British Citizen... and I've satisfied all criteria for a fiance visa regarding my gf.

We are now moving into week 8...
Rasboinik
Posted 2010-08-27 2:46 PM (#37591 - in reply to #37585)
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delboydavid - 2010-08-27 11:23 PM
I don't think it's an overly complicated application by the way. My daughter is my daughter and hence a British Citizen... and I've satisfied all criteria for a fiance visa regarding my gf.

We are now moving into week 8...


David,
Yes your daughter is a British citizen but I am afraid that it is your daughter that is making your complicating the visa application for your Girlfriend/partner, as you have stated citizens of Uzbekistan are not allowed a dual nationality. Sorry if I disagree with you.

I do though sincerly hope that the visa application will be decided soon some time between week 8 and week 9 seeing as how it is moving into week 8.
delboydavid
Posted 2010-08-27 2:57 PM (#37593 - in reply to #37591)
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Thanks. I appreciate your replies.

We opted for applying for a "Right of Abode" visa on the advise of the consulate at the British Embassy in Tashkent!

I would have just gone straight for a British passport, but for reasons stated on other threads on the subject, they convinced me the best option was the Right of Abode visa for my daughter.

Hopefully we will have a positive outcome soon. I hope so. She's 12 weeks old now and I've seen her for 2 of them.

Very, very frustrating for all of us except her grandparents, who are loving the time they are able to spend with their granddaugher...
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Posted 2011-06-11 10:40 AM (#43749 - in reply to #30386)
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well now days they are taking more time for the approval of a visa or regection
adam wolves
Posted 2013-01-20 7:24 PM (#55242 - in reply to #30386)
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Well i would check my spelling if i were in the translation business .
Ronnm
Posted 2019-11-21 2:36 AM (#124657 - in reply to #30386)
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