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Old 02-13-2012, 02:21 PM
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Question Offshore Spouse Visa Processing Times at the London Embassy

Hi All,

I was just wondering if anyone could share their experiences, I have noticed on here people are saying the visa processing times at the London embassy is 9-12 months. I was looking for a migration agent in London and their website says 4-6 months.

I just don't want to get my hopes up if it will be 9-12 months.

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Old 02-13-2012, 04:30 PM
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Hi All,

I was just wondering if anyone could share their experiences, I have noticed on here people are saying the visa processing times at the London embassy is 9-12 months. I was looking for a migration agent in London and their website says 4-6 months.

I just don't want to get my hopes up if it will be 9-12 months.

Thanks in advance!
Hi Xomox,

In my opinion, I would first check out what the services standard advises for application processing time.

Client Service Charter

Next, I would check out the thread on how long Family Visa processing times to see what people are experiencing.

Honeslty though, it comes down to your specific case, the documentation you provide and the results of your medical and police checks.

Let us know how it goes!

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The best way to find out is to call the embassy and ask them what the current processing time is. The standard service charter is not updated regularly.

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hi xomox
do you have an update on this? We have only just lodged our application and the case officer has stated 8-9 months as well but everywhere else in here I read around 5 months.
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Hi, I lodged our Pmv visa in may at Llondon .We have a migration offficer looking after ours. They were told from the embassy in may that the current processing times are 5-6 mnths.
Best to ring them i would say. Ours is a very straight foward case and should be easily approved. We are 3 months into it and heard nothing except from our agent, who says they will chase it up for us if they go over the 6mnth timeframe they were given.

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Hi all. We applied offshore in London in August. We were assigned a CO this week who said processing time is 8-9 months. He explained this is because they are given a quota for how many visa's they can approve, and so effectively there is no way to speed up the processing its a matter of waiting for a space to become available.

Does anyone know if this estimation is accurate? I imagine they would under promise and over deliver but at the same time they would want to be giving people realistic timescales considering the relocation often involved when the visa is granted.

I would also say that I have been calling immigration for the past year and every time was told processing times were 5 months, but we were only eligible to submit at the earliest this August, and it appears processing times have now increased for whatever reason.


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Hi
Exact same story here. Please let me know when you find out more! Applied for de facto 2 weeks ago in London.
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Exact same story here. Please let me know when you find out more! Applied for de facto 2 weeks ago in London.
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Yes, will post any updates here. We are awaiting our Australian police check because of the delays, its in the post, we have submitted the UK one, and we are sending some more bank statements as our CO wanted more evidence for some things. Otherwise we have, as far as we're concerned, very clear evidence and no complicated factors in our case. I naively assumed this would mean our application was processed swiftly but it appears the quota is the boss. Good luck!

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Hi guys,

this was the kind of information I was.....or rather not....waiting for.

I applied in May and had a phone interview on 27th of July (I applied in Berlin). My CO told me after we were finished, that they just got the information in, that processing times have been extended. Instead of the 5 months on the website, it would be rather 6-8 months. She said this is because they are receiving so many applications.
If I got her right, she also explained, that they could e.g. give me a yes quite soon, but that there would be a certain date, when the visa would be valid. E.g. she sends me an eMail now saying that my application will be approved but valid in two more month.

Has someone experience with that???

Because we had now this delayed told, I replanned my departure for the his end of the year....but does it take now even longer??? (8-9 months?)

At the interview date, I have been asked for more evidence. We got it all together and it has been sent this saturday. So I am so much hoping for an answer by next week, since our CO is usually responding very quick.

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Old 08-23-2012, 05:46 AM
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hi xomox
do you have an update on this? We have only just lodged our application and the case officer has stated 8-9 months as well but everywhere else in here I read around 5 months.
thanks
In the email from our case officer it said 6-8 months.. from what I have read on a different forum that is specifically about spouse visas applied for in London its usually the lower end of what they say...

8-9 months is a huuuge wait!! I hope its not that long for you. My partner had his medical this week and our migration agent said we will know in a few weeks an approximate grant date, so as soon as I know I will write it here!

Good luck with your application!! (sorry for the delayed reply)


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