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I'm a Kiwi and my husband is a UK citizen. We've been married almost 3 years and we've submitted our application for the 461 Family Visa here in London.

Since submitting the application, "global processing times" has gone from 7 months to 12 months so I'm curious to know if anyone in the UK has recently been granted their visa and how long it took?

The application was submitted 2 weeks ago and the money has been taken from our account - but that's the only 'progress' we know of...

It's so hard waiting to know so any relevant insight on London processing times is totally appreciated :)
 

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My Husband (UK/Irish applied for a 461 Visa 1st Jan 2018 in London. We are still waiting with no word! The only way I know that it was reviled it that payment was taken a few days later. Managed to get through on the phone and they said the processing time is still as what is relflextes online but since the payment has been taken it means they are processing it....5months is a long time to process
 

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Hi

I applied on 5th Feb 18 based on my husband being a Kiwi and yet to hear anything too. It is frustrating we don't know what's the progress like as we can't plan what to do with our work, school, house and all migration related yet. How do I even know if my application hasn't been misplaced somewhere?

Hope we all hear something soon. I haven't send in any med cert.

Thanks.
 

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hi Jamesandkristina and Kiwi.in.London,

Have you receive any updates re your visa 461?

I read in another forum someone has his/hers done in 2 months in London last year. The posting is in auckland thread instead.

Thanks
 

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Hi all,

First time poster. I'm a British/Kiwi citizen and my partner applied for the 461 in May 2018 off-shore to the London branch

We haven't received any acknowledgement of receipt of the paper application yet. Is this normal?

We have signed confirmation of postal delivery but now fretting that it's sitting on a shelf somewhere and not in a queue!

Thanks for any advice
 

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We knew that it has arrived as the payment was taken out of or account (apx 1week after sending)

We apply in 2nd Jan 2018 front london and got assigned a case officer end of June 2018.

We were told we needed to submit more evidence about our relationship (letter from each of us and a family member)

They have us an email and number for further contact. We sent the extra letters in straight away and they said it is getting processed, that was now 6weeks ago so hoping it comes through soon!
 

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Hello,

Applied in August 2018 (3 weeks ago) to the London office. I'm the NZer and my partner is British. We've applied under de facto relationship and have provided majority of evidence. We received receipt of application and now we wait.

Is there anything we can do to speed up the process? E.g. get a police check in advance?

Thanks
 

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Hi LexandSam

We submitted a police check with our application although I believe they only last 12 months so I hope it doesn't expire before the visa is approved or else we'll need a new one!
 

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Hi LexandSam

We submitted a police check with our application although I believe they only last 12 months so I hope it doesn't expire before the visa is approved or else we'll need a new one!
Thanks for responding.

I assume it's standard practice and that it'll save us time if we get one done now rather than waiting for them to ask us for it?
 

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Yup - I think their official line is to wait for guidance on health and criminal record checks but, like you, we're trying anything to speed along the process so just got it done
 

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Hi all, I applied for visa 461 at the start of June 18 and received the notification of receipt in July. Since then I’ve heard nothing.

Just wondering if any of the other posters who had applied in 2018 (or late 2017) had received their visas yet? I’m concerned it could end up taking over a year which is really concerning given our plans to move in the next few months.

Thanks
 

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I'd imagine you'll be waiting a while, considering onshore applications are taking 19-20 months according to the immigration website. I'm currently sitting at 16 months
 

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Thanks Laurenk (albeit that’s definitely not good news) - did you apply onshore?

I applied in London and I understand there to be different processing times across different centres.
 

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I'd imagine you'll be waiting a while, considering onshore applications are taking 19-20 months according to the immigration website. I'm currently sitting at 16 months
16 months and you're from UK!? Did you apply for a 309? What's your scope if you don't mind sharing? :)
 

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Sorry everyone, i applied for the 461 visa onshore, meaning i applied in Australia (Sydney). I'm from the UK though. It's such a horrible time for me, waiting for the visa.
 

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Sorry everyone, i applied for the 461 visa onshore, meaning i applied in Australia (Sydney). I'm from the UK though. It's such a horrible time for me, waiting for the visa.
Oh! You nearly gave me a heart attack there haha

I hope your visa process speeds up soon! :)
 

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Hi all, I applied for visa 461 at the start of June 18 and received the notification of receipt in July. Since then I've heard nothing.

Just wondering if any of the other posters who had applied in 2018 (or late 2017) had received their visas yet? I'm concerned it could end up taking over a year which is really concerning given our plans to move in the next few months.

Thanks
Hi London461

We applied end of May to London so roughly in the same boat as you.

Haven't heard anything apart from an acknowledgement receipt (which we had to chase!) Will keep you updated on here if anything changes.
 

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VISA GRANTED!!!

The best news to hear after waiting 10months!
My husband was assigned a case officer in March in which he just had to send in a police check and a letter from a family member confirming our relationship but then nothing!!!

After writing into then two weeks ago he got got told they they can’t grant his visa while he is in Australia (he was here visiting me on a tourist one)

So once he left to NZ they granted his visa!🙌🏼

It has been a long wait and a few calls in..without much luck, but finally has come through.

So just some advice (as it’s jot on the website) you can visit Australia while waiting but they can grant or process it while you at there (that’s when applying from the UK)
 

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Thanks NZRo.

I’ll endeabour to keep you informed of anything my end too, albeit it would seem you’re a few weeks ahead in the queue.

Hoping you hear back soon!
 
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