Posted 2012-05-23 10:31 AM (#50855) Subject: Moscow UK Visa Processing Times
Is anyone else struggling/suffering from long waiting times for UK settlement visas? My fiancee is aware of people waiting well over 44 working days right now with no sign of an end game. Does anyone have any inside info on why the are taking so long right now and if UKBA are looking to speed up the process in any way?
Does anyone have any advice on how to contact UKBA in Russia for an update or to try and move them along a bit quicker?
Posted 2012-05-23 11:21 AM (#50856 - in reply to #50855) Subject: Re: Moscow UK Visa Processing Times
My fiancee is also waiting for her visa, this was applied for using RR on April 23 and as yet no visa. Travel date was set on the application form as the 16th June and wedding is set for 21st July. I hope we see this visa very soon, but have no info on what is going on there, or how long it may take.
Posted 2012-05-23 2:44 PM (#50859 - in reply to #50858) Subject: Re: Moscow UK Visa Processing Times
well gnerally, worldwide, Uk visas are taking long because firstly there is Olympics approaching and also because alot of people are trying to push in there visa applications due to the rumour that there will be drastic changes in family immigration laws by June, so many people are trying to push in before June... I am also waiting, day 24 and no news yet
Posted 2012-06-13 8:21 PM (#51319 - in reply to #50855) Subject: Re: Moscow UK Visa Processing Times
Settlement visas are a whole different ball game! We are on day 40 now (working days, not including public holiday or weekends) and its all a bit painful. I know of two lady's ahead of us who applied in Moscow and the last person we know of being issued a visa waited 47 working days. Anyone got any news?
Darren (CCCP) if you are reading this, I did reply to your email, just not sure if you got it!
Posted 2012-06-14 9:12 AM (#51331 - in reply to #50855) Subject: Re: Moscow UK Visa Processing Times
We have now been waiting for 31 days (working days) for our fiancee visa, as yet no sign of it being issued. This waiting is painful and stressful, however we can do nothing about it, other than WAIT and that is where the frustration comes in. Our wedding is booked for the 21st July, we are now going to have to change the date, and everything that goes with it. Good luck to you all who are having to suffer the same.
Posted 2012-06-26 1:07 PM (#51601 - in reply to #50855) Subject: Re: Moscow UK Visa Processing Times
Thanks for you calming words Malcolm, but personally I'm almost on the verge of... but will hold back as I know it won't do any good. We are 42 working days, and I know it will be another 10 to 15, I hope. Why do we, as honest people, playing by the book, have to go through all this? I'm smiling, or am I in pain, not sure now.
Posted 2012-06-26 6:45 PM (#51606 - in reply to #50855) Subject: Re: Moscow UK Visa Processing Times
Not that I want to make anyone feel worse or angry but, how come The partners of EEA workers living the UK can get a two year visa, with full working rights, in 15 working days and for free???????????????????? Why does it cost more and take longer for a British Citizen to receive the same rights?
Maybe there is a great reason why someone who isn't a UK citizen can get a better deal than someone with a British passport, I would feel much better is there is, so please help to enlighten me.............
Posted 2012-06-26 8:50 PM (#51609 - in reply to #51606) Subject: Re: Moscow UK Visa Processing Times
It's because family members of passport holders of another EU state enter under European Economic Area (EEA) law rather than domestic immigration law. It's called the "Surinder Singh route to family reunion".
The European Court decreed that a member state must grant leave to enter and reside in its territory to the spouse, of whatever nationality, of a national of that state who has gone, with that spouse, to another member state in order to work there as an employed person.
It doesn't seem fair, but you can blame the European Courts rather than the UKBA.
Surinder Singh versus The Secretary of State for the Home Department was in 1992 and there have been various EU directives issued on the right to free movement within member states since.
The simple answer is if you go to live and work in another EU country, your spouse would "get a better deal" than the spouse of a native of that country. It's not just in the UK.
Posted 2012-06-26 10:40 PM (#51611 - in reply to #50855) Subject: Re: Moscow UK Visa Processing Times
A perfect answer, based in fact, comprehensive and unavoidably true. However, I did ask for 'a great reason', unfortunately for us all the truth doesn't always help or make much sense to the common man :S Give it a few years and Brits will be made to live on semi autonomous reservations, getting drunk and making money from gambling, a bit like Butlins but with less football shirts and better beer.
But on a serious note though Delboydavid, thank you for explaining the routes of this crazy piece of legislation, I did not know its origins until now. I guess it made someone happy, I don't have a problem with that at all, just wish we were all equal in the eyes of the law.................