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What to do with your old BRP is not exactly a huge issue though...
Actually it seems it IS an issue! Our letter said you must do as TD says or you could be fined 1000! Imagine that on top of the cost of the visa!
yes! I’ve heard!!! Would anyone be able to provide the address? Maybe I can send it ? I have no contact or anyone helping and I’m worried.

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This is what my husband's letter said:

If you hold a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) which is no longer valid, either because your right to remain has expired or it has been superseded by a further grant, you must now return it to the Home Office. You should cut the card into quarters and post it in a plain, windowless envelope. If you are returning the BRP from within the UK then please send it to :BRP Returns, PO Box 195, Bristol, BS20 1BT. ............you may be subject to a financial penalty of up to 1,000 if you fail to return your old BRP.
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Hello All:

Just wanted say my ILR application was approved today! I paid for Super Priority and got an email within 4 hours. Here are a few things I learned during the process.

I started my account 3 months ago and started answering the questions, saving my work and each time I signed off UKVI would email me a link to sign back in to my Set (M) application. You can't download anything until you pay, but what you can do is start scanning all of your relevant documents and save them on your computer for uploading when you actually pay the visa fee online. I logged on my account every week or so to make sure it did not get deactivated.

We applied under Cat D Cash Savings so it is important to remember that these financial documents (Bank statements, etc) cannot be older that 28 days from the date of
application so they were literally the last files I scanned and downloaded. All in all I ended up downloading 86 documents, which was probably overkill but you can't argue with the result.

I went to the Sopra Steria in Chelmsford; showed up 30 minutes early for my appointment and they took me in immediately. When I made my appointment there was nothing available nearby except at Croydon (which I heard today will process 800 applications!!!) so I paid the
extra 125 and was able to get an appointment in 5 days. I asked her to confirm the 800 application number and she confirmed it.

Very professionally run, I had my picture and fingerprints taken, then the lady scanned a few pages of my US Passport. She said they were processing over 70 applications today and were trying to stay ahead of the game. NOTE: The Sopra Steria office is literally a stone's throw from the train station. Very convenient. They have two biometric machines and scanners going at the same time.

I got home after food shopping and received the email that my application has been approved! I am over the Moon! Now I just have to find 2 referees for my naturalisation and then apply for a British passport.

I would HIGHLY recommend the Chelmsford Sopra Steria. They were professional,
courteous and incredibly helpful. The location is very accessible especially by train: and there is a multi story car park about a 6 minute walk from the office.

As always, I'd like to thank everyone for their help!!!

TD!!!!!
This is amazing! Totally agree about getting Citizenship ASAP too. And thanks for your help in the other thread about the Life in the UK practice exams. Fun times.

I'm confused - are we uploading documents now? Are the originals no longer required?

I have another question about the financial requirement. Is it the exact same as the previous LTR applications? My husband is self-employed and our accountant wrote a letter which was satisfactory last time, so I assume the letter and the documentation will be the same? It's the Appendix FM1.7?

I'm doing ILR now and so anxious to get it right and move on with my life!
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I assume the rules for the financial requirement are the same as FLR but you might want to wait for a moderator to jump in: We applied under Cash Savings, not the category you are applying in.

I can tell you that all of your critical documents need to be scanned. I literally have a 45.
printer/scanner that I got at ASDA that worked fine. Address/Cohabitation proof, Spouse declaration, children's UK Passports, Applicant's entire passport, Spouse's entire passport (just to make sure), Life in The UK test pass letter. Marriage Certificate, bank statements, etc.

Once you pay, you are directed to another online portal For Sopra Steria which does give you some guidance as to what scans go where. I brought every document that I scanned to my Sopra Steria appointment in Chelmsford, and I was glad I did because I was asked to produce a couple of them because I scanned them but put them in the wrong category.

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I assume the rules for the financial requirement are the same as FLR but you might want to wait for a moderator to jump in: We applied under Cash Savings, not the category you are applying in.

I can tell you that all of your critical documents need to be scanned. I literally have a 45.
printer/scanner that I got at ASDA that worked fine. Address/Cohabitation proof, Spouse declaration, children's UK Passports, Applicant's entire passport, Spouse's entire passport (just to make sure), Life in The UK test pass letter. Marriage Certificate, bank statements, etc.

Once you pay, you are directed to another online portal For Sopra Steria which does give you some guidance as to what scans go where. I brought every document that I scanned to my Sopra Steria appointment in Chelmsford, and I was glad I did because I was asked to produce a couple of them because I scanned them but put them in the wrong category.

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Oh good! 13 months of bank statements will be so fun to scan! Yes, I meant my previous FLR, thank you. I'm confused on the acronyms.

This is very, very helpful. So, now I'm off to scan and somehow find 3200...

I also did cash savings twice, so I feel that pain as well. I feel all the pain. I can literally see the panic from some folks jumping off the screen and it makes me want to hug 'em.

Your helpfulness is refreshingly American, thank you. Happy 4th July!
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Congratulations and thanks for sharing your story. Good to know about the need to destroy and send back your BRP.
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Oh good! 13 months of bank statements will be so fun to scan! Yes, I meant my previous FLR, thank you. I'm confused on the acronyms.

This is very, very helpful. So, now I'm off to scan and somehow find 3200...

I also did cash savings twice, so I feel that pain as well. I feel all the pain. I can literally see the panic from some folks jumping off the screen and it makes me want to hug 'em.

Your helpfulness is refreshingly American, thank you. Happy 4th July!
An American being granted Indefinite Leave to remain in the UK within a few days of American Independence Day, from England. Can't make this stuff up!

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Congratulations!!

May I ask how much cash saving required under Cat D Cash Savings for ILR?
Any other documents need to be submitted bedside original bank statement (6 month)?

I am applying my ILP next year. I can rely on my partner's pension income, or my own employment income, or cash saving.

Just wonder if the cash saving would be simpler?

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Hello All:

Just wanted say my ILR application was approved today! I paid for Super Priority and got an email within 4 hours. Here are a few things I learned during the process.

I started my account 3 months ago and started answering the questions, saving my work and each time I signed off UKVI would email me a link to sign back in to my Set (M) application. You can't download anything until you pay, but what you can do is start scanning all of your relevant documents and save them on your computer for uploading when you actually pay the visa fee online. I logged on my account every week or so to make sure it did not get deactivated.

We applied under Cat D Cash Savings so it is important to remember that these financial documents (Bank statements, etc) cannot be older that 28 days from the date of
application so they were literally the last files I scanned and downloaded. All in all I ended up downloading 86 documents, which was probably overkill but you can't argue with the result.

I went to the Sopra Steria in Chelmsford; showed up 30 minutes early for my appointment and they took me in immediately. When I made my appointment there was nothing available nearby except at Croydon (which I heard today will process 800 applications!!!) so I paid the
extra 125 and was able to get an appointment in 5 days. I asked her to confirm the 800 application number and she confirmed it.

Very professionally run, I had my picture and fingerprints taken, then the lady scanned a few pages of my US Passport. She said they were processing over 70 applications today and were trying to stay ahead of the game. NOTE: The Sopra Steria office is literally a stone's throw from the train station. Very convenient. They have two biometric machines and scanners going at the same time.

I got home after food shopping and received the email that my application has been approved! I am over the Moon! Now I just have to find 2 referees for my naturalisation and then apply for a British passport.

I would HIGHLY recommend the Chelmsford Sopra Steria. They were professional,
courteous and incredibly helpful. The location is very accessible especially by train: and there is a multi story car park about a 6 minute walk from the office.

As always, I'd like to thank everyone for their help!!!

TD!!!!!

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May I ask how much cash saving required under Cat D Cash Savings for ILR?
Any other documents need to be submitted bedside original bank statement (6 month)?
34.600 in cash savings, and besides the bank statements themselves, you need to provide some evidence (and statement) of where the funds come from
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34.600 in cash savings, and besides the bank statements themselves, you need to provide some evidence (and statement) of where the funds come from

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