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Hi all,

I am a US citizen, applying from here, for a spouse visa to join my husband in the UK. I know the UKBA and NYC Processing office post some settlement visa processing times on the website (which are somewhat updated), but I'm hoping to get information and recent experiences from people regarding priority vs non-priority.

I understand it depends a fair bit on how straightforward your application is (which ours should be very straightforward and hopefully quite solid in terms of evidence), but we're trying to decide whether to pay for priority or not. I know $300 will likely speed it up but how many days/weeks on avg?

Loads of thanks to anyone with some info!
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Hi Angela,

We sent off our unmarried partner visa on the 3rd Jan, it was received in Sheffield on the 7th, a decision was made on the 15th and we received the passport, with visa stamp, today (20th). We did not pay for priority processing or for expedited shipping.

Hope this helps! We are glad to have saved some money on shipping and processing!
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I applied for a spouse visa on Dec 12 - submitted paperwork to Sheffield that was received on Dec 19, and we had our approval on Dec 24 (visa dated Dec 23 so apparently it takes a day for the email to kick out?). We did NOT pay for priority.

My husband is in the RAF, makes well over the required financial information, and I sent in significant relationship proof...so ours was pretty straightforward and was approved in essentially 2 business days.
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Hi all,

I am a US citizen, applying from here, for a spouse visa to join my husband in the UK. I know the UKBA and NYC Processing office post some settlement visa processing times on the website (which are somewhat updated), but I'm hoping to get information and recent experiences from people regarding priority vs non-priority.

I understand it depends a fair bit on how straightforward your application is (which ours should be very straightforward and hopefully quite solid in terms of evidence), but we're trying to decide whether to pay for priority or not. I know $300 will likely speed it up but how many days/weeks on avg?

Loads of thanks to anyone with some info!
I'm in the same situation as you, only I've already submitted my application, on Jan. 13 it was delivered to the UKBA in New York, but I have yet to receive a letter of acknowledgement from them, which means either they have forgotten to send one (which they apparently do sometimes) or my application hasn't been opened for processing yet. I was hoping to be in the UK by the end of February, and the processing times from Nov. 2013 (the most recent ones on the UKBA website), looked promising so I opted to save my $300.

However, in retrospect I really wish I would have elected for priority service, if for anything, peace of mind. I've contacted World Bridge and the UKBA. Worldbridge has responded and simply stated that they can't provide me with any status as to how long it will take to process my visa. It's very frustrating, but I understand, there is just no way of knowing at this point whether I am 5th in the pile or 50th.

So I got word that I can pay for delayed priority service, and it might help by putting my visa on the top of the pile, but they still can't say how long it will take, however just knowing that it will be reviewed sooner I think will help my worried mind.

I don't know your particular situation, but if it's anything like mine…My husband (then fiancé) flew over last month, just before Christmas, we married where we met, then he flew back to UK earlier this month, and now we're just waiting until we can enjoy married life together…I would say splurge for priority service, your love is worth it.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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I'm in the same situation as you, only I've already submitted my application, on Jan. 13 it was delivered to the UKBA in New York, but I have yet to receive a letter of acknowledgement from them, which means either they have forgotten to send one (which they apparently do sometimes) or my application hasn't been opened for processing yet. I was hoping to be in the UK by the end of February, and the processing times from Nov. 2013 (the most recent ones on the UKBA website), looked promising so I opted to save my $300.

However, in retrospect I really wish I would have elected for priority service, if for anything, peace of mind. I've contacted World Bridge and the UKBA. Worldbridge has responded and simply stated that they can't provide me with any status as to how long it will take to process my visa. It's very frustrating, but I understand, there is just no way of knowing at this point whether I am 5th in the pile or 50th.

So I got word that I can pay for delayed priority service, and it might help by putting my visa on the top of the pile, but they still can't say how long it will take, however just knowing that it will be reviewed sooner I think will help my worried mind.

I don't know your particular situation, but if it's anything like mine…My husband (then fiancé) flew over last month, just before Christmas, we married where we met, then he flew back to UK earlier this month, and now we're just waiting until we can enjoy married life together…I would say splurge for priority service, your love is worth it.

Let me know if you have any questions.

-Mrs. Watkin
Settlement visas, which is what a spouse visa is, are processed in Sheffield, UK. So, by sending your application to New York you're relying on them to send it to Sheffield. They have been doing this but obviously it adds extra time onto processing.

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Settlement visas, which is what a spouse visa is, are processed in Sheffield, UK. So, by sending your application to New York you're relying on them to send it to Sheffield. They have been doing this but obviously it adds extra time onto processing.
nyclon,

This is something that has really been troubling me, as I KNEW that settlement visas get processed in Sheffield, however, when I completed and filled out my application for a Wife Settlement Visa, via the new visa4uk website, it explicitly said my visa was to be sent to the UKBA at the British Consulate General in NYC. So I did that, thinking maybe things were changed. So I understand the delay, but not the lack of consistency in their systems…

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Someone recently sent their application by error to NY and it took UKBA something like 2 weeks to send it on to Sheffield.

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Great….Thanks for letting me know. I really wish that would have been clarified in application itself. I saw a number of typo errors as well during the online application. I suppose it could have been because I completed it during the Beta of their new website. I don't know if I should point this out to them and maybe file a complaint, as like I said explicitly says to send the application to the New York office even though it is a settlement visa. Wish I would have asked all of you sooner, sometimes being impatient is a bad thing.

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Hindsight is a great thing but all you can do now is to wait patiently for UKBA to transfer your application to Sheffield.
Did you include a return waybill with FedEx, UPS etc for the return of your documents?

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No, no return bill, another thing I overlooked. I thought they were still doing the return service, but saw that ended in May. I was waiting to find out what I should do for that. Any advice? I was planning on sending a letter to the Entry Clearance manager, with a waybill for return postage.
Also since you are in such a info giving mood and helpful… WorldBridge confirmed I could purchase priority service after the fact, and fax the receipt to the UKBA now to be matched up with my application. They said it would get my visa to the top of the pile now, so I didn't know if this would be worth doing, especially since I may have already lost so much time with them needing to forward my application to the UK. Money is not a matter for me at this point.

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