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Our experience - Spouse's visa, PEO appt.

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Old 13th May 2013, 07:22 PM
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Hi, I just wanted to pass on details of our experience of a same day PEO FLR(M) appt.
We booked our appt. 6 weeks ago and actually had a choice of 4 locations and plenty of appt. times even though we booked during the day (and not the crazy continual refreshing at 2am!)
We arrived at the PEO in Cardiff half hour before our appt. due to being unable to find the office! We left our phones in the car as we were told that mobiles weren't allowed in the PEO - actually you can take them in but they need to be switched off.
Security checks were pretty simple. We were told to keep our coats on whilst going through security checks, pockets emptied, my bag was checked and my can of red bull kept by the security team to be collected on our way out.
We were given a piece of card with a letter on it and told to wait to be called. Bang on our appt. time, a clerk called us to one of the windows and ran through his checklist, took one look at the application form and said "we have a problem"!!!! *cue horrified looks on our faces* We had the old FLR(M) form as it got updated last month (news to us) and the price had gone up (bigger news to us) Lesson #1: check the form you have is the most current one!
The clerk got the correct form printed off for us and my fiancé completed this whilst I ran back to the car to get our phones.
Once we'd completed this, the clerk asked for our passports, marriage cert., bank statements and work contract plus 2 x passport photos for my fiancé and 1 x photo for me. The clerk then asked if there was anything else we wanted to give as evidence. There is no prompting from the clerk as to what else you should give in.
Lesson #2: Give them as much as you believe you need for your application, don't expect them to tell you.
We also gave my decree absolute from my previous marriage, mortgage statement, land registry document, our joint bank account statement and also asked if they wanted to see wedding photos. The clerk said this had no relevance to the application but he wanted a look anyway lol
We were then told to sit in the waiting room for my fiancé to get his biometrics done. After this, about 15 mins later, we were told we were free to leave and to either wait for a phone call to come back or be back 3 hours later.
We went to have lunch, both our phones sitting on the table being checked every 5 mins to make sure they are still working, and headed back with 20 mins to go just as the PEO phoned.
Lesson 3: Make sure your phone had plenty of battery!
We went through security... again, and then the clerk got our file and told us he had bad news... our hearts stopped, faces fell until the clerk said "your fiancé has to live in this country now" YAAAAAAY!
ALL our documents were returned along with a covering letter explaining what the Biometric Residency Permit card is, what it means etc and the clerk said that my fiancé could apply for ILR in two years time from today. I queried this as I believed that we need a further FLR(M) in 2.5 years time so that my fiancé is here in the UK for 5 years before applying for ILR but the clerk was adamant that my fiancé can applying next time.
Lesson #4: Don't believe everything you're told and double check with the official website - the clerk was wrong and my fiancé will need 5 years residence in the UK before applying for ILR so another FLR(M) in 2.5 years time.
The clerk did give some good advice about checking now about what's going to be needed next time so we can start collecting evidence etc during the next couple of years. Emphasis will be on proving we've lived together during this time.
That was it, a happy trip home and we've just popped a bottle of champagne that we were saving from our wedding last weekend
Thats our tale... we hope it helps clarify the process and clear up the mystery of what happens at a PEO!
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Old 13th May 2013, 07:28 PM
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YAY! So happy to hear your good news! We had a great experience at Cardiff PEO - the staff were really helpful and friendly, though thankfully they didn't pull the "we have bad news.... YOU GET TO STAY" fiasco as I'm sure I would've just burst into tears from the stress! Haha.

Either way, congrats again! Enjoy your celebrations
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That's great news
Less stress now and you can carry on without something hanging over your head.

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