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Old 10th April 2012, 04:13 PM
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Default Current processing times for UK Spouse visa (from inside the UK)?

Hi everyone,

I'm a Canadian expat, currently on a Youth Mobility Scheme 2-year Visa, valid until August 2012. My British husband and I got married last September and after waiting for all of the relevant paperwork, I applied for my Spouse visa from within the UK in early February.

I got my letter to do my biometric testing over a month ago and did the actual fingerprints, etc. a month ago...

Since then, no news from the UKBA...

Any idea how long it will take until I hear from them again? Should I expect any more steps or is the next stage to receive my paperwork, passport and visa?

Many thanks for your help and advice!

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Hi everyone,

I'm a Canadian expat, currently on a Youth Mobility Scheme 2-year Visa, valid until August 2012. My British husband and I got married last September and after waiting for all of the relevant paperwork, I applied for my Spouse visa from within the UK in early February.

I got my letter to do my biometric testing over a month ago and did the actual fingerprints, etc. a month ago...

Since then, no news from the UKBA...

Any idea how long it will take until I hear from them again? Should I expect any more steps or is the next stage to receive my paperwork, passport and visa?

Many thanks for your help and advice!
It varies hugely. A few lucky one got their FLR within a month of biometrics, others have been waiting 6 months or more. Average seems to be around 3-4 months, but the processing time is lengthening as presumably many are trying to beat the deadline to avoid new rules, expected in June.
You won't hear anything until the documents are returned.

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Many thanks, Joppa.

Hoping I'll be one of the lucky ones, but not very hopeful at this point. Will post an update as/when I have more news...

If I need to recall my passport for a trip, does this abort my visa application? I need to be in Canada at the end of May...

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Many thanks, Joppa.

Hoping I'll be one of the lucky ones, but not very hopeful at this point. Will post an update as/when I have more news...

If I need to recall my passport for a trip, does this abort my visa application? I need to be in Canada at the end of May...
Yes, I'm afraid so, and you lose all your fees.

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Hi Mpat1... thanks for sharing your story. It has somewhat relaxed me about the times i have been waiting. I am Australian here on YMS which expired March 3rd 2012. I submitted our spouse visa (married late in 2011) on the 18th of January 2012. Our application is a straight forward case. It was returned to me within 2 weeks saying that the bank refused to release the £550 fee to the home office. After calling the bank and them saying no attempt to access that amount had happened I resubmitted paying by cheque. This whole process delayed my application by around 3.5 weeks!! Grrr... So essentially our application has been with them since 14th of Feb. I got my biometrics letter on the 16th of March... my name was spelt incorrectly on the form, despite it being a very common name and the home office having pretty much every important document I own. This delayed my application by a further week and had my bio's taken and submitted 23rd March.

Since this time I haven't heard a thing... I understand your frustration needing/wanting to go home or travel and being unable too... With any luck they will come very soon.

Also my YMS has now expired, but am able to keep working as the application is still being processed..

Anyways keep me updated with your progress and I will do the same

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Hi,

I'm in the same position. My other half is Canadian and here on YMS, his visa expired 3rd March and we applied for unmarried partners visa. He got letter to register Biometrics, and went along to office to sit for a hour then be told to go home and come back the next day as their system was down

He went back the next day and registered his Biometrics on the 23rd March and they also done a criminal record check. Since then we havent heard a peep, and its getting really distressing not knowing the outcome. Has anyone ever know of an application ever getting refused after Biometrics have been given? Our case is pretty straight forward, we have lived together over 2 years, and have joint bank accounts and bills etc. I cant see any reason why it would be refused but the uncertainty is so frustrating!!

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have any of you heard back regarding your/your spouses visa yet ?? xx

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nope still nothing for me... it's frustrating because they won't speak to you unless your application has been with them for over 6 months!

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Hey,

We've still not heard anything either. I agree it is very frustrating!! This is taking forever!! Did anyone see the ridiculous article in the daily mail about proposed changes to the spouse visa regulations stating that the UK spouse had to earn over £20k a year in order for an application to be considered?! Just ridiculous and unfair for genuine cases. Fingers crossed this stupid proposal doesnt go ahead!!

Keep me updated on progress of your applications, and fingers crossed!!

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Hey,

We've still not heard anything either. I agree it is very frustrating!! This is taking forever!! Did anyone see the ridiculous article in the daily mail about proposed changes to the spouse visa regulations stating that the UK spouse had to earn over 20k a year in order for an application to be considered?! Just ridiculous and unfair for genuine cases. Fingers crossed this stupid proposal doesnt go ahead!!

Keep me updated on progress of your applications, and fingers crossed!!
OK, srs'ly? How have you missed the epic thread?

Changes to spouse visa requirements being announced next week

Lol, most of us have downloaded, printed, and made notes with highlighters! To make it brief for you before you go to do some serious reading, the changes have been announced, will take effect (except an English language test level hike, which goes into effect in 2013) 9 July 2012. Applications made and pending before 9 July 2012 will be determined under the old rules; transitional arrangements are also in place for current visa holders, and yes, the income requirement is going to be high-ish at 18600 for a single applicant's sponsor to be earning, and 22K+ depending on how many sponsored children are also going to be applying.

Long reads, all potential and current (pending) applicants, and current visa holders should read everything carefully and make notes in areas specific to their particular circumstances.

Links to all documents pertaining are on the above linked thread.

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