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I am an american citizen living in the UK, married to a british citizen. I feel i am in a bit of a desperate situation as I have sent out my passport as well as my husbands' for an extension of my spousal visa. We mailed them out at the end of January, and were sent to do biometrics at the end of March. I have since injured my back and need to get back to the states where I can have the support of my family for a couple months. (my husband works offshore and it is MUCH easier to do this because we have a baby and i am not supposed to lift him)

I was told i could get a termporary passport, however, if i do so, i completely put a hault on my visa process and we lose all $. Having said that, does anyone have any recent timelines that can help me to understand how much longer i may have to wait until i get this passport back? I have read 3-4 months. Is that still the process time, from start to finish? (from the time we mailed till when we recieve it?)
Thank you SO SO) much!
 

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Wouldn't it be easier and less expensive to hire a carer to help out when your husband is offshore? Or even fly a relative over from the States rather than you going through the flight with the baby?

Think about it-if you fly back to the States, you are going to have to ride in the car to the airport, carry the baby+your shoes+your laptop+all your carry-ons through at least two airports and security checks during which you will have to hold all of these things as you cope with the border guards-that's if you fly straight out of Scotland and into an International in the US where your family will be waiting. To get a really inexpensive flight you're looking at one if not more connections, so double your pain for every connection.

You'll be sitting on an airplane in cattle car like conditions (unless you can splash out on business or first class, in which case really, hiring a carer IS less expensive...) for at least 8 hours and more likely 12. You'll have to carry Baby to board and deplane, and oh boy do I remember the contortions to strap in Baby to a seat-which you might have to pay for if you want Baby in his/her carrier seat, if not you will be holding Baby in your lap for the flight; you'll have to lift and carry Baby to get up to use the convenience...

The border guards are not going to help you travel and airline staff are limited in what they can do for you too, one thing they won't do is hold the baby as you go through immigration and security-if you ask for slack and/or assistance they will ask why you are travelling if you need so much assistance, and you may need to show a GP or specialist letter stating you are fit to fly.

And through all of that, you will have lost your fees for the pending app you had to stop because you needed help for a couple of months.

Really, wouldn't it be simpler and much less stressful to hire a carer or bring over a family member for a couple of months to help out? Either is easily arranged and much less stressful than your getting on a plane with the baby.
 

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Yes, you are very correct. It would be easier and cheaper. I have had this back pain for so long though and it is pretty bad, (so says the physio) and it could be a few weeks or a few months. I don't have anyone that could come over from the states, (unless I had multiple people come over in a rota - type schedule - which would cost thousands). The problem is that i need help around the clock.....literally 24 hours a day. At least if i can get home, i can spend this time with my parents and i can get that, all for the price of one ticket......thanks for the suggestion though. Am just so discouraged as i am improving, but at such a slow rate it will be at least a few months before i can be back to normal. If you have any info on how long the process is taking the average person after 3 months, that would be fab! Thanks!
 

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...If you have any info on how long the process is taking the average person after 3 months, that would be fab! Thanks!
No real clue on the processing time for applications that are submitted through the post beyond the '95% of applications are decided within six months' posted on the UKBA site for FLR and ILR apps:

UK Border Agency | Waiting times

I'm sorry-hopefully you will hear something soon! I just hate thinking of the potential for exacerbating your back condition by travelling, keep us posted.
 
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