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Hello everyone,

I have been reading the non priority timeline thread and wondered about your experiences with priority applications at the moment.

I sent all our documents on Wednesday 18th June so they received them on Thursday. However my husband didn't get an acknowledgement email till Saturday.
I know they say they aim to let you know the results of priority within 10 working days- is that from when they received it or acknowledged it? I'm wondering if they didn't even open it till Saturday.

Also, is the passport backlog affecting the applications?

All experiences and advice welcome- I will also keep you up to date with how it all goes for us.
Fyi- my husband is American, he is currently in America and we are applying through category A.

Thank you.
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From what I've gathered from comments/concerns/frustrations on the "Post your UK Visa Timeline" thread, there is a very good possibility that your application will take longer than 10 (business) days to be considered.

Given that it's summer time and people are travelling to and from the UK and international students are wanting to secure places at uni for September and add to the fact that there is that ginormous passport backlog and you've got yourself a first class case of "hurry up and wait." Fortunately, you wait won't be as long as the "non priority" applicants, but please have absolutely no doubt in your mind that it will be a wait.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Good luck to you and your husband.

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Yes, the passport backlog is affecting processing times. Priority processing from the US has been taking 3-4 weeks.

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We are in our 6th week of waiting for a priority spouse visa from the US. Received on May 19th.

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We are in our 6th week of waiting for a priority spouse visa from the US. Received on May 19th.
And with perfect timing, the email saying a decision has been made was received at 10:50am this morning - approximately 20 minutes after I posted that!

woo hoo!!!

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Hello everyone,

I have been reading the non priority timeline thread and wondered about your experiences with priority applications at the moment.

I sent all our documents on Wednesday 18th June so they received them on Thursday. However my husband didn't get an acknowledgement email till Saturday.
I know they say they aim to let you know the results of priority within 10 working days- is that from when they received it or acknowledged it? I'm wondering if they didn't even open it till Saturday.

Also, is the passport backlog affecting the applications?

All experiences and advice welcome- I will also keep you up to date with how it all goes for us.
Fyi- my husband is American, he is currently in America and we are applying through category A.

Thank you.
Danielle
Hi Danielle,

As you can see, we just got notification of our decision this morning (although of course we don't know the actual decision). Ours took 5 and a half weeks but we did seem to be outliers. Anecdotally, it appears to me that even with the recent visa slowdown, 4 weeks for priority is probably about right. Given the timescales for non-priority applications, I would say that if you can afford to send it priority, it's worth the time it saves.

Good luck to you and your husband!
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As I understand the process priority is applying in person at the office and including print and return of your permit it is 10 working days.
If you post an application the service level is within 8 weeks for straight forward apps

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As I understand the process priority is applying in person at the office and including print and return of your permit it is 10 working days. If you post an application the service level is within 8 weeks for straight forward apps
That is for FLR (M) which you apply for from within the UK. The OP is applying for a spouse visa from the US where your only option is to apply by post. There are no in person appointments. You can however pay an extra fee to have your application considered ahead of non priority applications.
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As I understand the process priority is applying in person at the office and including print and return of your permit it is 10 working days.
If you post an application the service level is within 8 weeks for straight forward apps
I would tend to disagree with you... applications from the United States, where OP's partner is based, are processed in Sheffield. There is no opportunity for "in person" applications in this regard. One can pay for premium service and hope for the best as far as workload and timescales concerned, or one can choose to go non-priority and just go about their business while they wait to hear back.

I believe that the information that you have is for FLR(M) and ILR applications that are lodged at Visa Premium Service Centres located across the UK. That service offers, for a 400 surcharge, same day decisions on straight forward FLR(M) and ILR applications without the need to wait for postal applications to be received and adjudicated.
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Hello all,

Thank you for this. It's all very sad and frustrating that we will have a long wait but its good to know it's nothing to do with our personal application and that it's circumstantial.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs bunnylips, I'm pleased you finally got a response! Fingers crossed for you. I'm sure it will be good news.


I would love to hear any other experiences and as I said I will keep you up to date with our situation.

Thanks again.
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