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Me and my fiance are about to send in our application for a UK fiance visa and the solicitor we have chosen has been very disappointing. They have filled out the online application and have done half of the application in cap locks and half in regular font size. I am just wondering if anyone knows if this will be seen as poor workmanship on the part of the UK Border Agency and Home office? I want everything to be perfect so we can get approved! I asked the solicitor and they said it was fine as long as the data was okay but I wanted to know what you all think. I'm so disappointed in the work of this company! We would like to send in the application today so if anyone could respond I would greatly appreciate it!
 

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Hi All!

Me and my fiance are about to send in our application for a UK fiance visa and the solicitor we have chosen has been very disappointing. They have filled out the online application and have done half of the application in cap locks and half in regular font size. I am just wondering if anyone knows if this will be seen as poor workmanship on the part of the UK Border Agency and Home office? I want everything to be perfect so we can get approved! I asked the solicitor and they said it was fine as long as the data was okay but I wanted to know what you all think. I'm so disappointed in the work of this company! We would like to send in the application today so if anyone could respond I would greatly appreciate it!
I would be ticked too if someone did a sloppy job like your solicitor did. However, this should have no influence on whether your application is accepted or rejected. It may not be a professional work but your application is determined by your documentation and not by how the form is filled and they cannot reject you on that basis.
 

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Hi All!

Me and my fiance are about to send in our application for a UK fiance visa and the solicitor we have chosen has been very disappointing. They have filled out the online application and have done half of the application in cap locks and half in regular font size. I am just wondering if anyone knows if this will be seen as poor workmanship on the part of the UK Border Agency and Home office? I want everything to be perfect so we can get approved! I asked the solicitor and they said it was fine as long as the data was okay but I wanted to know what you all think. I'm so disappointed in the work of this company! We would like to send in the application today so if anyone could respond I would greatly appreciate it!
You could probably have saved heaps of money and aggro by doing the application process yourself, as most do successfully after getting free help from this forum where needed. Cap locks won't disqualify, but will probably annoy the visa officer!
 

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We *nearly* used a solicitor (being together was so important we wanted to take no risk with any mistakes), but we were told here that it was likely not at all necessary - and it wasn't. Had it not been for this forum, we would have blown an unnecessary £1800 with a solicitor MOST eager to process our application - presumably because it would have been a very easy £1800 in our case!

The help here was marvellous and got us through our fiancée visa without any difficulties and is now helping with our FLR application. The forms are bewildering and, when it feels like your life is depending on the success of a once-only application opportunity, it's tempting to pay an expert - especially as UKBA online guidance can be confusing and not always forewarning you clearly of pitfalls (like NOT leaving the UK for a honeymoon after marrying on a fiancée visa and not choosing just ANY Registry Office for marriage). But unless there are significant complexities or you are appealing against a decision, it might save you some money to cut your losses, fill out the form yourself and discontinue engaging the services of this solicitor.

However, as you are paying for the services of the solicitor, you have the absolute right to insist that a decent job is carried out. If the solicitor has only completed (but not yet submitted) the form, they can still change it.
 

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Thanks all for your advice. We had called the solicitor just to ask a question and ended up being convinced that getting a solicitor is the BEST way to get approved. We paid 1000pounds and so far all they have done is filled out the application, which I could've done after completing their questionnaire, and gave us a premade letter of representation. I wish we had done it ourselves and the reason we went with the solicitor is because we just wanted the peace of mind and they have provided none!! I've even had to go and copy all our evidence, put it together and submit it myself. I'm so disappointed and I will most surely check this forum when help is in need! I will probably ask the solicitor to correct the font, I'm just afraid they will do something to sabotage our visa!

If all goes as planned application gets submitted this week and we are going to go through worldbridge for faster response! :) Thanks again!
 

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If all goes as planned application gets submitted this week and we are going to go through worldbridge for faster response! :) Thanks again!
Using WorldBridge will yield a faster response ONLY if you chose the priority service option @$300. Worth every penny especially now that the average determination period has risen to 9 days (as of 23rd April).

Joppa (or members who have done the WB priority option) can explain how to use that option much better than I can, the basics are that after you attend your biometrics appointment and are ready to submit your app and docs, you go back to the WB site, chose the priority option and pay, print out your receipt and put it on the top of your bundle, then hustle your app and docs to the post and be sure to write whatever the WB site tells you on the outside of the packet (it might be 'EXPEDITE' or PRIORITY', I can't recall which it is but it's very important that you do write that on the outside of the envelope).

You have to send your app and docs the same day that you pay for the priority service, also very important!

Ask me how I know...I chose to save the $$$. I waited 28 business days for a determination. And there were a shed load of bank holidays, American holidays, and I swear extra weekends in there!
 

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Helpful links if you are coming from the US:

UK Border Agency | Enrolling your biometric information in the USA

This is how and where you can get your biometrics. You must have your Biometrics before you can submit your application.

This Link:

visa4UK :: Welcome

Is where you actually put in your application. You do your application and then follow the online instructions. It is worth paying the expedited service in my opinion. They will ask you where you want to get your biometrics. The best course of action is to book the biometrics as soon as you process the application. You must do so within 2 weeks. The expedited service got me my visa within 2 days.

Once you do the application online and get your biometrics it's then you send the application and supporting documents to the UKBA.

It's a little confusing as they aren't clear on site as to how, in this process, you book the biometrics apt. But it's after you submit the online application. There is usually a biometrics center near every major city in a state. The biometrics themselves took me all of 5 min once there but did take 5 days to book.

I hope this helps
 

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Yes, and they prompt you to book your biometrics after submitting your online application. Nothing further happens with the online application at this stage (other than I think a cursory check). They then wait for you to submit your biometrics paper and supporting documents (they'll tell you on payment to mark your envelope with PRIORITY). After they've received that, they don't seem to take very long to decide (if paying Premium).
 

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Thanks for the responses, so do I book my biometrics through Worldbridge or the UKBA?
Things may have changed (I doubt it) but when I applied last year, this is how it worked:

I started on the WorldBridge site. As soon as I went to start the actual application my web browser was redirected to visa4UK and I filled out the app there.

I got to a certain point in the app (towards the end) and a pop-up box prompted me to chose a location, then an appointment, which I did.

Then I paid, hit submit, and printed out the biometrics appointment sheet that I needed to take to the appointment. I also printed out my application at that point.

I took the appointment sheet to the biometrics appointment, they stamped it once my biometrics were taken, and about five minutes later I was on my way back to where I was staying.
 

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Okay, just to clarify- the application that our solicitor filled out on UKBA site isn't going to be used and instead we need to fill out the application on the worldbridge website? and the same day we submit that application we need to send out the paperwork marked "priority" and they will give us a biometrics appointment? Or we send out the paperwork the same day as the biometrics? Or we apply through the worldbridge website, they set up a biometrics, then after the biometrics we select premium service and the day we do that we have to send out the paperwork??

so sorry for my confusion, just want to make sure I have the paperwork ready at the proper point in time!!

Thank so much!
 

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I am very new and probably not the best person to answer but... I filled out my application on the UKBA website on Sunday. At the end of the application, right after I paid (I think), I had to choose a place for my Biometrics appointment. I picked the one closest to home, chose a time, and made an appointment. Then a sheet came up with a barcode and instructions on it. The instructions said to bring the sheet with the barcode on it and my passport to the appointment at the instructed time. I'll get the biometrics done then and then send the stamped paper (the one with the barcode that I printed) along with my documents and printed application after the appointment (and within two weeks.)

I am in the USA (I think you are too?) so I am thinking yours would be the same. But I did not use a solicitor so I can't really help there. Do you think he already submitted your application online for you? If so then I am not sure how you would get your biometrics appointment made.

Again, I am really, really new to this so my word is certainly not definitive,
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Okay, just to clarify- the application that our solicitor filled out on UKBA site isn't going to be used and instead we need to fill out the application on the worldbridge website? and the same day we submit that application we need to send out the paperwork marked "priority" and they will give us a biometrics appointment? Or we send out the paperwork the same day as the biometrics? Or we apply through the worldbridge website, they set up a biometrics, then after the biometrics we select premium service and the day we do that we have to send out the paperwork??

so sorry for my confusion, just want to make sure I have the paperwork ready at the proper point in time!!

Thank so much!
 

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Okay, just to clarify- the application that our solicitor filled out on UKBA site isn't going to be used and instead we need to fill out the application on the worldbridge website? and the same day we submit that application we need to send out the paperwork marked "priority" and they will give us a biometrics appointment? Or we send out the paperwork the same day as the biometrics? Or we apply through the worldbridge website, they set up a biometrics, then after the biometrics we select premium service and the day we do that we have to send out the paperwork??

so sorry for my confusion, just want to make sure I have the paperwork ready at the proper point in time!!

Thank so much!
Whoever fills out the application, if they start on the WB site, they are redirected-in other words, so your solicitor has already begun your application, the UKBA has it in the system, and is waiting for you/your representative to hit submit, pay, and make your biometrics appointment.

You cannot send in your application and supporting docs until you have attended your biometrics appointment.

*First you complete, submit, and pay for the application online.

*Then a pop-up window prompts you to book and then attend a biometrics appointment. (The DHS does that in the US-don't be nervous, they are actually pretty nice considering. It takes all of about ten minutes start to finish, the DHS agent signs off on your print-out biometrics sheet, and off you go.)

*Then, you hurry home-in the US you have TWO WEEKS to send off your app and docs after you attend your biometrics appointment.

That two weeks must be within 30 days of your online application being submitted.

*You gather up all of your paperwork, originals and copies, you put everything together, you take a deep breath, and then you decide, OK, I'm ready to send this off.

*You have decided you want to use priority service, so now this is how that works:

*Go back online on the morning that you are going to send all of your paperwork.

*You go to the WB site and find your way to the 'pay here for premium service' page.

*You pay and wait for the print-out prompts.

*You read and follow the clearly posted instructions telling you to place that print-out on the top of your app and docs bundle, including and especially: where and what to write on the OUTSIDE of the package.

*You hotfoot it down to the post office, get the padded envelope or the box from the window clerk, take it over to the table and load it then label it INCLUDING the words the WB site said to write on the outside.

*Take all that back to the window, and send it priority overnight return receipt. Make sure you get a tracking number so you can track your packet.

I highlight the beginning of each step. It may help to print this out, and at least copy/paste to the desktop to have it handy. I sometime read this stuff aloud, too whilst going through the process because sometimes it made all the difference to have a print copy and to read out loud. This stuff is very confusing, and if you are nervous (and who wouldn't be?!) it's easy to lose your place:)

Hope this helps clear some of the confusion:) The instructions and info on the UKBA site can be confusing! It's all there, but sometimes it's like the elephant you have to eat one bite at a time.
 

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT!!!!!!!!!!!! You explained it better than any website or our solicitor!! I'm going to apply today then as long as I can print out my submitted application later because I have no printer!!

Thanks so much for all your responses and fingers crossed it goes amazingly well!! :)
 

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT!!!!!!!!!!!! You explained it better than any website or our solicitor!! I'm going to apply today then as long as I can print out my submitted application later because I have no printer!!

Thanks so much for all your responses and fingers crossed it goes amazingly well!! :)
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I waited to print both the app and the biometrics sheet because I couldn't find the printer USB cord. I pdf'd both, but was able to go back to the site and retrieve the forms for printing.

Just for fun I printed the pdf forms to see if they looked like the ones I retrieved and printed once I found the cord. The pdf copies printed just like the ones from the website, that was a relief.

Still, if you can, consider a quick trip to the WalMart or similar for a cheap printer so you can print your paperwork right then. It will save you a lot of nervous moments if you can do that.

Good luck, don't forget to post in the visa timeline thread, and update as your app progresses:)

***ETA: This is really important-you have to print out the biometrics sheet with the barcode to take with you to your appointment
 

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Thanks again!!

Just one more maybe stupid question, after I printed out the application documents I noticed that at the top of the application it says "settlement wife", but my fiance and I aren't married yet!! I'm going there for marriage and to live. I'm REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPING this wasnt a major freaking screw up by our solicitor!?!?!?!? I contacted them twice last week and got no response :( I really can't believe they stay in business and have several offices around the UK. I'm going to call them tomorrow but I figure you all seem much more in the know than the professionals!! Thanks!
 

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Thanks again!!

Just one more maybe stupid question, after I printed out the application documents I noticed that at the top of the application it says "settlement wife", but my fiance and I aren't married yet!! I'm going there for marriage and to live. I'm REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPING this wasnt a major freaking screw up by our solicitor!?!?!?!? I contacted them twice last week and got no response :( I really can't believe they stay in business and have several offices around the UK. I'm going to call them tomorrow but I figure you all seem much more in the know than the professionals!! Thanks!
It's the right app and designation. Someone else asked this question not long ago on another thread.
 
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