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Old 1st July 2019, 12:48 PM
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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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Congratulations !

That's good advice about taking your time to fill in the online form and the document uploads.
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Congratulations Touchlinedad! EVrything paid off ey! Well done!
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Congratulations!!!

Quick question: I received my BRP last week but no letter yet with instructions on what to do with the old BRP. Any idea how long this can take?
I'm worried I have to send it back but have no instructions!
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Congratulations!!!

Quick question: I received my BRP last week but no letter yet with instructions on what to do with the old BRP. Any idea how long this can take?
I'm worried I have to send it back but have no instructions!
I'm in the same situation: received my BRP with a letter but no instructions about cutting it
up in 4 pieces and mailing it back as I have read previously on here. We can only assume it comes in short order.

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Congratulations!!!

Quick question: I received my BRP last week but no letter yet with instructions on what to do with the old BRP. Any idea how long this can take?
I'm worried I have to send it back but have no instructions!
Today I received another letter I had to sign for with instructions for my old BRP. Cut it into 4 pieces, and mail it back to the Home Office in a plain white envelope.

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Today I received another letter I had to sign for with instructions for my old BRP. Cut it into 4 pieces, and mail it back to the Home Office in a plain white envelope.
Thanks for the update. I haven't received anything my BRP arrived on Tuesday 26th June. I tried to contact the Home Office but didn't help. Not sure who to contact and ask.

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What to do with your old BRP is not exactly a huge issue though...

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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!

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