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I'm about to commence my final 5 year visa application. ( Spousal )
The process has changed since my 2 and 1/2 year application and I would appreciate some feedback from others who have completed their 5 year application.

1. Do all centres now offer a copying of documents service for a fee?
2. When you pay extra for the copying service will they do all of my copying for me of everything required... bank statements, visas etc ?

I find these visa applications extremely stressful and so glad this will be my last one (hopefully)

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can anybody provide clarification on the copying of documents question?

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can anybody provide clarification on the copying of documents question?
I do not know 100%, but I do believe that when you select your appointment location, the extra services available there come up as an option and you can purchase the scanning service for an additional fee (I am thinking it was about 50? Don't quote me.)

I think the application you are filling out is Set(M) or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)? Is that correct? If so, my experience is on this thread, which might be of some use? https://www.expatforum.com/expats/br...l#post15014722
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I'm about to commence my final 5 year visa application. ( Spousal )
The process has changed since my 2 and 1/2 year application and I would appreciate some feedback from others who have completed their 5 year application.

1. Do all centres now offer a copying of documents service for a fee?
2. When you pay extra for the copying service will they do all of my copying for me of everything required... bank statements, visas etc ?

I find these visa applications extremely stressful and so glad this will be my last one (hopefully)

Thank you very much
Everything is online now , so you no longer need to copy anything. scan the documents online as pdf etc

the major centre will all offering scanning as a option , I think it around 35 but its very easy to self scan at home or at a library. and you know 100% what you scanned etc

really simple and easy

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I do not know 100%, but I do believe that when you select your appointment location, the extra services available there come up as an option and you can purchase the scanning service for an additional fee (I am thinking it was about 50? Don't quote me.)

I think the application you are filling out is Set(M) or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)? Is that correct? If so, my experience is on this thread, which might be of some use? https://www.expatforum.com/expats/br...l#post15014722
Thank you Mrs.Scotland,

I am going to need to use the scanning service if the new application process involves making special files and reducing file sizes. I just don't know how to do all of these things. I can copy a piece of paper but that is it.

If my application centre doesn't offer scanning, I will have to go to another one that does so just wanted to know if all centres did offer scanning.

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Everything is online now , so you no longer need to copy anything. scan the documents online as pdf etc

the major centre will all offering scanning as a option , I think it around 35 but its very easy to self scan at home or at a library. and you know 100% what you scanned etc

really simple and easy
Thank you hasiqbal for taking the time to reply to my question.
I realise that all applications are now done online.
My problem is that it is more than just scanning. I do not know how to make a pdf thingy or how to reduce sizes of files so they are not more than a certain size.

I truly wish I could do it all myself so I could feel more confident that I have included everything I want to put into my application. I'm almost 70 and don't use computers much in my day to day activities. I can check for emails and log on to this site but that is about it. Envy you younger ones who are able to be so clever and modern.

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Hi, We just did out ILR, I was surprised that we can submit scans, they check though the documents at your appointment you book when you submit the visa application. We had some trouble at first getting the file size down but were ok after we found their recommended settings.

They recommend scanning at 150dpi-300dpi in greyscale (we did all ours at 150dpi). They ask for pdfs but pngs and jpgs are ok to. We put our multipage documents together as a pdf, passports etc and any single page documents as jpgs. Each file has to be under 6mb.

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Hi, We just did out ILR, I was surprised that we can submit scans, they check though the documents at your appointment you book when you submit the visa application. We had some trouble at first getting the file size down but were ok after we found their recommended settings.

They recommend scanning at 150dpi-300dpi in greyscale (we did all ours at 150dpi). They ask for pdfs but pngs and jpgs are ok to. We put our multipage documents together as a pdf, passports etc and any single page documents as jpgs. Each file has to be under 6mb.

Good luck with your application
Thank you rivercity for your feedback and good wishes on my ILR application and congratulations to you for finishing yours with success. !!!
Just about to start doing mine and already super stressed out and worried.

If I'm perfectly honest, I don't even know what a pdf is? I have heard of a jpg and know it is a picture. I have no idea how to combine documents into a pdf. I can copy the pages of my passport but don't know how to make the picture smaller or how I can combine all the pages within my passport into a file. If I could just copy each page of the passport and bundle those pages together as a group of single pages I would be fine.

I am also not sure how to adjust the size of a page when I do scan it. I know how to press print/scan button and what comes out is what I get. Usually the size of the regular sheet of paper that is loaded in the printer tray.

This is such an important application and I am wanting to do everything properly, so praying that when I go to my appointment with all my needed documents, the people who do scanning do everything correctly for me, as I will be relying upon them.
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Hi, Thanks. I know how you feel, I was worried but his forum is a great place to come for help though so you're in the right place. Its good to speak to others in similar situations.

They say they take jps and pngs too just that they ask for PDFs as the main suggestion, i don't think its a restriction just preferred if possible.

A PDF is a file format developed by adobe for presenting documents (Portable Document Format), it can contains text and images. You can use it to bundle bunches of scan together. We made all our scans as jpgs and used software to put them together. There are various ways of putting pdfs together, some modern scanners allow you to output pdf. I would look into it but remember just jpgs or pngs are excepted but you may end up uploading a quite lot of individual files.

For the scan setting it varies scanner to scanner but you would be looking to use the software provided with your scanner, it will most likely contain some advance settings that will allow you to change dpi (dots per inch) and colour settings, each scanner and computer setup can be quite different so its had to say.

I think if you can use the scanning service and you're not familiar with image file formats it might be a better help, I hope and am sure other here can give you advice on this as we didn't use the scanning service personally.

Hope this helps a little, good luck


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Hi, Thanks. I know how you feel, I was worried but his forum is a great place to come for help though so you're in the right place. Its good to speak to others in similar situations.

They say they take jps and pngs too just that they ask for PDFs as the main suggestion, i don't think its a restriction just preferred if possible.

A PDF is a file format developed by adobe for presenting documents (Portable Document Format), it can contains text and images. You can use it to bundle bunches of scan together. We made all our scans as jpgs and used software to put them together. There are various ways of putting pdfs together, some modern scanners allow you to output pdf. I would look into it but remember just jpgs or pngs are excepted but you may end up uploading a quite lot of individual files.

For the scan setting it varies scanner to scanner but you would be looking to use the software provided with your scanner, it will most likely contain some advance settings that will allow you to change dpi (dots per inch) and colour settings, each scanner and computer setup can be quite different so its had to say.

I think if you can use the scanning service and you're not familiar with image file formats it might be a better help, I hope and am sure other here can give you advice on this as we didn't use the scanning service personally.

Hope this helps a little, good luck
Dear rivercity,

Thank you so much for your kind post and for taking the time to try and explain things to me. It was most appreciated.

A neighbour girl has come and shown me how to do a search and find out what a pdf is. I have now managed to find out what it is and found some websites that tell me how to do that. So I'll practice that and then do a search on how to bundle documents together to make a file. Then another search to see how I can reduce the size.

I'm going to try and do my scanning as required but will also probably pay the extra charge for the centre to check and copy things too, in case I have done something wrong. I'm hoping that the centre I use will offer scanning services, not sure if all centres do offer this extra.

Again, thank you so much for your kindness it meant a lot. When totally stressed out and feeling overwhelmed it really was helpful.

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