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Completed and paid for my application yesterday (04/07/2012) and went for my biometric appointment this morning (05/07/12).

I had pre-booked the appointment about 3 weeks ago, which was a smart move because as of last night, the Vancouver office was taking appointments for July 9th and onwards, and since I hope to take Ed to the United States while he's here, doing my biometrics after the 9th would not have enabled me to do that... in fact, it remains to be seen whether or not I will get my passport back before August 3rd (the day before Ed returns to the UK).

In getting my appointment, I tried a little experiment, not knowing if it would work or not... I opened up a visa application file and started to fill it in. Early on in the going, I hit "pause" so that I could come back at a later date (within 7 days of when I hit "pause"..... they will give you an expiry date). In addition to the expiry date, they gave me a visa application reference number (VARN) for my application.

Using the number I went over to the WorldBridge site and attempted to register for an appointment. I'd tried to regiser before in the past, but was turned away because I didn't have a VARN. Now that I had all of the information that they wanted (VARN, passport number etc), I proceeded with booking an appointment. Since I knew that July 4 was pretty much the earliest I could apply for my visa and still be able to travel in early October under pre-July 9, I checked to see if there were any early morning appointments for July 5th, and took the first one that they had on offer (10am) and got confirmation of the booking. When Ed and I were finishing up the application yesterday at the UKBA site, I was holding my breath to see if either a) my appointment would be acknowledged (it wasn't) or b) I would be forced to book my biometrics according to current availability (I wasn't).

I was cautiously happy about this, but was still a little wary. Only this morning did I come to find that my little experiment actually did work. When I showed up my name was on their list of appointments and I was allowed to proceed.

The set-up at the Vancouver WorldBridge was slightly different than the last time I was there to meet Travelspice (if you're reading this Travelspice, your agent says hello and congratulations!). I was screened by a guy who got my courier details together (filling out info on the various waybills) and had me sign the statutory release allowing WorldBridge and the UKBA to access my info... this guy wasn't here when I was there at the end of May.

I watched 4 other people come in after me, and the two before me were seen. One gal didn't have her application printed out, claiming confusion at the UKBA site so the screener said that they'd be able to print out the application for her, for a fee, or she could pop down to Staples (across the street) and print it out there.

While I was waiting, I was horrified to discover an omission in my application... in section 7 (where I have to state the address I intend to live after settlement) I had Ed's house address down but somehow neglected to write down the street name, so I whipped out my pen and tried to write it in carefully and legibly. In a previous section where it asked for Ed's address, the house name and street name showed up, but not in this particular spot (I had the postcode correct though).

Add to that the fact that I had previously found that I hadn't specified "U K Pounds Sterling" in two different spots that referred to monetary details (I wrote "UK Pounds Sterling in by hand) and I was beginning to freak out.

I hope that the UKBA takes pity on me and doesn't hold those three errors against me. It's not like I'm trying to lie on the application... the information IS there in other places, but for whatever reason, it wasn't copied into the application correctly.

After a bit of a wait, I was called in. My papers were quickly screened to make sure that I'd signed in the appropriate spots and the application was put into a tamper evident envelope, and my fingerprints and photo taken. I was then offered the option of leaving my stuff with them to be couriered out (at my cost, ofcourse) in an hour from now (1730h Eastern) or I could do it myself. I elected to have them take my $$$ and hand it off to DHL for me. I was given the various waybill numbers and told that the package would arrive in New York tomorrow.

I was also told that the wait for a decision would very likely be 6-8 weeks.... don't know how accurate that is, but whatever. I've gone all in before the cut off, so even if it does take 8 weeks, as long as it's a "Yes, please come" response, then that's fine by me.

I estimate that it took roughly 25-30 minutes from my first arriving at the office to being back outside on the street again for all of this to take place. Two of the ladies who arrived after me were seen to first (mainly because I was still being screened), but still the office worked fairly efficiently for being a limited service centre.

So now the waiting game begins...


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Completed and paid for my application yesterday (04/07/2012) and went for my biometric appointment this morning (05/07/12).

I had pre-booked the appointment about 3 weeks ago, which was a smart move because as of last night, the Vancouver office was taking appointments for July 9th and onwards, and since I hope to take Ed to the United States while he's here, doing my biometrics after the 9th would not have enabled me to do that... in fact, it remains to be seen whether or not I will get my passport back before August 3rd (the day before Ed returns to the UK).

In getting my appointment, I tried a little experiment, not knowing if it would work or not... I opened up a visa application file and started to fill it in. Early on in the going, I hit "pause" so that I could come back at a later date (within 7 days of when I hit "pause"..... they will give you an expiry date). In addition to the expiry date, they gave me a visa application reference number (VARN) for my application.

Using the number I went over to the WorldBridge site and attempted to register for an appointment. I'd tried to regiser before in the past, but was turned away because I didn't have a VARN. Now that I had all of the information that they wanted (VARN, passport number etc), I proceeded with booking an appointment. Since I knew that July 4 was pretty much the earliest I could apply for my visa and still be able to travel in early October under pre-July 9, I checked to see if there were any early morning appointments for July 5th, and took the first one that they had on offer (10am) and got confirmation of the booking. When Ed and I were finishing up the application yesterday at the UKBA site, I was holding my breath to see if either a) my appointment would be acknowledged (it wasn't) or b) I would be forced to book my biometrics according to current availability (I wasn't).

I was cautiously happy about this, but was still a little wary. Only this morning did I come to find that my little experiment actually did work. When I showed up my name was on their list of appointments and I was allowed to proceed.

The set-up at the Vancouver WorldBridge was slightly different than the last time I was there to meet Travelspice (if you're reading this Travelspice, your agent says hello and congratulations!). I was screened by a guy who got my courier details together (filling out info on the various waybills) and had me sign the statutory release allowing WorldBridge and the UKBA to access my info... this guy wasn't here when I was there at the end of May.

I watched 4 other people come in after me, and the two before me were seen. One gal didn't have her application printed out, claiming confusion at the UKBA site so the screener said that they'd be able to print out the application for her, for a fee, or she could pop down to Staples (across the street) and print it out there.

While I was waiting, I was horrified to discover an omission in my application... in section 7 (where I have to state the address I intend to live after settlement) I had Ed's house address down but somehow neglected to write down the street name, so I whipped out my pen and tried to write it in carefully and legibly. In a previous section where it asked for Ed's address, the house name and street name showed up, but not in this particular spot (I had the postcode correct though).

Add to that the fact that I had previously found that I hadn't specified "U K Pounds Sterling" in two different spots that referred to monetary details (I wrote "UK Pounds Sterling in by hand) and I was beginning to freak out.

I hope that the UKBA takes pity on me and doesn't hold those three errors against me. It's not like I'm trying to lie on the application... the information IS there in other places, but for whatever reason, it wasn't copied into the application correctly.

After a bit of a wait, I was called in. My papers were quickly screened to make sure that I'd signed in the appropriate spots and the application was put into a tamper evident envelope, and my fingerprints and photo taken. I was then offered the option of leaving my stuff with them to be couriered out (at my cost, ofcourse) in an hour from now (1730h Eastern) or I could do it myself. I elected to have them take my $$$ and hand it off to DHL for me. I was given the various waybill numbers and told that the package would arrive in New York tomorrow.

I was also told that the wait for a decision would very likely be 6-8 weeks.... don't know how accurate that is, but whatever. I've gone all in before the cut off, so even if it does take 8 weeks, as long as it's a "Yes, please come" response, then that's fine by me.

I estimate that it took roughly 25-30 minutes from my first arriving at the office to being back outside on the street again for all of this to take place. Two of the ladies who arrived after me were seen to first (mainly because I was still being screened), but still the office worked fairly efficiently for being a limited service centre.

So now the waiting game begins...
Sounds overall like a good experience, now the hard part. ;-)

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It worked! It worked well!

And now you wait, yes. But that too passes, and hopefully you'll get your visa before you go stark raving mad with the waiting

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But what about the omissions and the subsequent write ins?

Those are worrying to me.

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Those are worrying to me.
Minor omissions/corrections so should be fine.

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Hi there! I just joined this forum today and see that you are also an American living in Scotland. My boyfriend is Scottish and myself and my pets flew over in February. We are in the process of getting a fiancee visa through our attorney and I am headed back to the states in August until its approved (3-4 months). I jsut wanted to introduce myself and ask if you have any insight or tips. I would love to hear your story as well. Also, do you work over here? I can not legally but really want to!

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Hi there! I just joined this forum today and see that you are also an American living in Scotland. My boyfriend is Scottish and myself and my pets flew over in February. We are in the process of getting a fiancee visa through our attorney and I am headed back to the states in August until its approved (3-4 months). I jsut wanted to introduce myself and ask if you have any insight or tips. I would love to hear your story as well. Also, do you work over here? I can not legally but really want to!
You're in the process of getting a fiancé visa and you're currently in the UK? You can only apply from the country in which you normally reside which seems to be the US.

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Hi there! I just joined this forum today and see that you are also an American living in Scotland. My boyfriend is Scottish and myself and my pets flew over in February. We are in the process of getting a fiancee visa through our attorney and I am headed back to the states in August until its approved (3-4 months). I jsut wanted to introduce myself and ask if you have any insight or tips. I would love to hear your story as well. Also, do you work over here? I can not legally but really want to!
So, you and your Scottish fiance are consulting with an immigration attorney and then you are returning to the US in August to make the application-my husband and I did something somewhat similar in that we married while I was here on a visitor visa and then I returned to the US to apply for the probationary visa.

I really don't recommend doing what we did, it could have caused us a lot of trouble because getting married on the spur of the moment on a visitor visa unnerves the UKBA, the one agency you really don't want to alienate!

I think the best tip I can give you is to be prepared for the time apart to be very difficult especially after you have sent off your documents to the UKBA NYC office. Your fate is in someone else' hands and you can do absolutely nothing at that point to make a difference in what will happen.

Plan ahead to have plenty of support from friends and family, and warn them in advance that the stress may make you alternately snappish/clingy/otherwise behave uncharacteristically. It really does feel as though it will never end when you are awaiting the determination even if you use the priority processing.

Forewarned is forearmed! Welcome to the forum

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Best of Luck WCCG!!......6-8 weeks are not as bad as 12-24 weeks but as long as we get the visa all this wait suffering will be a thing of past.....
By the way i had appointment of 4th booked and i tried to book appointment for 6th july as my docs were delayed for 4th but it came up on their system that i have appointment for 4th and they didn't even let me cancel 4th's, they wanted to me to call on 5th to book the next slot which ever date is available, but thanks god my documents arrived on 3rd so didnt have to go through that process...
One issue that i has was when i printed my application form it said the application fee (122,220 pkr) needs to be paid at the centre but when i arrived there they charged me (125,550 pkr) saying the rate has increased, i tired to argue that they should charge the same amount as printed on the application form but every one was paying the fee, so thats kind of strange as i know they cant keep the money as its going in the ukba hsbc account, so i dont know wht's happening there

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Hi there! I just joined this forum today and see that you are also an American living in Scotland. My boyfriend is Scottish and myself and my pets flew over in February. We are in the process of getting a fiancee visa through our attorney and I am headed back to the states in August until its approved (3-4 months). I jsut wanted to introduce myself and ask if you have any insight or tips. I would love to hear your story as well. Also, do you work over here? I can not legally but really want to!
Lol, hit 'submit' too soon

No, I don't work here. I'm retired and had planned to stay that way. The unemployment situation here is every bit as bad as in the US, for one thing, and I really would have felt 'guilty' taking a job that could be filled by a local. I don't have any of the skills listed on the Shortage Occupations list, so the sort of job I qualify for is the sort of job most locals would as well.

That said, lol, I am doing coursework and after my ILR is granted (if it's granted) I'll be working with an attorney friend. Retired, yes, but I've figured out I'm just not ready to sit around.

I'm assuming you're here on the visitor visa-no work, paid OR unpaid. On the fiancee visa you will still be unable to work, but once you marry and move onto the FLR you'll be able to work.

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