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      Has anybody had any experience with this? I am applying for a settlement visa to live in the UK with my spouse, I am currently in Pakistan. How long did the whole process take? Any tips or advice to help me?

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      It's tough now much tougher than my day.

      I thin these days you need to go through a Citizenship test and all that sorta stuff... I had it easy my Father was allready in the UK at the time so I came in and he flew out...
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      hey giggles check your PM.

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      A friend of mine got hers in about 3 weeks (applied from Lahore). For some people it can take up to 3 months. You just have to make sure all your paperwork is in order and there shouldn't be any hitches.

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      Thank you everyone for your help so far.

      I hope mine takes 3 weeks! Rizla, do you know if your friend's husband was a UK citizen or not? Anybody have any more experiences to share??

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      Just make sure that the first application is spot on as if it is rejected first time then reapplication/appeal can go on for ages.

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      That's what I'm scared of! But from what I've heard people's applications are getting rejected for silly reasons these days! Do you know of anyone whose application was rejected??

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      Yes, my sis in laws!! they said how come my brother flew out a day after the nikaah?? it was like eerrr well he had to get back to start working and not like they were going to live together until after the wedding, however he had to appeal

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      Quote Originally Posted by giggles2009 View Post
      I hope mine takes 3 weeks! Rizla, do you know if your friend's husband was a UK citizen or not? Anybody have any more experiences to share??
      He was. Born and bred in UK.

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      Is your spouse a British Citizen?

      My husband's took 2 days to be granted and got his passport back in a week.

      There are a lot of things that have to be spot on for it not to be rejected if it ends up in the hands of an anal caseworker. The most daft one is putting n/a in the empty boxes which you are told to skip if they are not relavent.

      Your documentation needs to be spot on (thorough to account for every possible query and originals where requested) and a well written cover letter from your husband. You will also need to take your TB test and submit the certificate with the documents.
      I would say, on the whole, this is an application which needs to be made from your husband's side as most of the documentation will come from him. It will be very difficult if you try to handle everything and keep requesting him for certain documents. He needs to build the case and provide originals of a lot of stuff, then you need to do in the extra stuff such as the TB cert and anything that can make your case stronger i.e. degree certificate to show that you have education and therefore aim to work in such-and-such area/profession when you come to the U.K.

      I can go through everything later - I'm kinda visa'd/adviced out at the moment. But I know Enigmatic recently got hers, so maybe she has pm'ed you everything you need to know already.

      Clothesmad - according to them, the nikkah is the marriage/wedding. So unless you explain in the cover letter why you have to go back so quickly (i.e. letter from employer saying they have only allowed a short time off for the nikkah, evidence that the rest of the shaadi is still to happen (venue bookings, invitations, honeymoon booking), lots of evidence to show that it is a "real" relationship), it's natural this will be called into question.

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      Thank you everyone for your replies! These are my main concerns:

      1) I've submitted my application, but now I keep second-guessing my paperwork. Like for example, I never read anywhere that a cover letter was required, so neither I nor my husband have submitted one. For the record, he is a British national and was born and brought up there. Also, there's a slight discrepancy between the dates on the nikah nama and the wedding date I wrote down on the application, our nikah was on the 3rd however for some odd reason the mufti who filled in the nikahnaama put the date as the "4th", and I noticed this afterward because it was a small section of the nikahnama I never paid attention to! So I'm very stressed out that they may nitpick over tiny things like this. Also,
      2) we will be living with our in-laws, and although I've provided all the relevant information (mortgage statement, council tax bill, etc that are in my FIL's name) now I read somewhere that some people also provided a written letter from their parents giving them permission to live rent-free (a totally strange concept for someone coming from Pakistan, and something I never thought of!). So basically this is why I'm stressing over my application. I don't want to be here for months and months away from my husband and I dont want to have to go through an appeal for what seem to be slight mistakes!
      Stoppit, I can understand what you mean, I'm tired of the process already and I'm just getting started! But any help would be appreciated, I'm very lost and stressed out at the moment and any information just helps me feel more in control of the situation !
      Clothesmad, how long did the whole appeal process take, if I may ask?

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      Hey giggles,

      i believe, though i may be wrong, that an appeal takes about 6 months to go to court.

      when i applied for my hubby's visa a few years ago, i also included a letter from my dad about him being fine with hubby living here etc. i think the main thing is to show that your hubby is working, and he can support you without having to get any kind of financial aid from the government. if you got the relevant papers for this, then inshallah you'll get your visa soon

      Oh, and my hubby got his visa 3 months after he gave the application in. Once you have your visa, you'll have 28 days within which you must move to the UK. Good luck and try not to stress out over it now you've handed it in
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      Thanks so much sazzie! Yeah I think waiting 3 months is pretty standard now . I had heard of cases before in which people managed to hear back from the embassy within 1 month, etc but I guess after the Marriot bomb blasts those days are long gone now . I can't help but stress over it now but the information you all are passing along really helps!

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      I agree with sazzie - if all the required documentation was submitted, they should be able to make the decision regardless of a cover letter. There is nothing you can do at this point so just relax. The fact that your FIL allowed the relavent paperwork to be submitted should make it obvious to anyone that he is giving consent.

      Just for general information, the cover letter is recommended as it allows the sponsor to clearly explain how, what, where, when, with evidence attached and allow an explanation for any discrepancies.

      So, a sponsor's cover letter would start by stating when and where the nikkah took place and summary of the attached documentation (marriage certificate, attested translation, wedding photos). What has happened since the nikkah i.e. spent a few weeks in Pakistan/elsewhere as a honeymoon period then had to return to U.K because of job.

      A declaration that the sponsor is a british citizen, since birth or otherwise and that a certified copy of the the passport is attached.

      How long the relationship has been going on for, when the engagement took place, how contact was maintained during this time (including visits to Pakistan), summary of evidence attached (phone bills, photographs etc, passport pages with entry/exit stamps).

      A summary of the current employment, when the sponsor started it, how long it will continue for and a letter from employer to this affect. Summary of finances - pay slips, bank statements, savings account statements etc. Clearly summarising how much per month the income is and that this will be sufficient to cover rent/mortgage or bills (so this will need to be related to tenancy agreement agreement indicating monthly rent, mortgage statement or a letter from the homeowner saying that you will be living rent free).

      Since they just ask for the last six months statements and although I was earning enough that I would be able to cover living expenses for both of us, it wouldn't have looked like it because I was spending a lot even though I was living at home and not paying rent (I had a tenancy agreement starting two months after the nikkah so I would be paying rent). So I explained that my recent spending was heavy due to the upcoming wedding (buying rings, clothes, gifts) and that it would settle down afterwards. Some people have even included wedding ring receipts to this affect.

      Explanation of where you will be living and evidence;
      tenancy agreement and letter from landlord agency, or
      mortgage statement from own property and council tax statement, or
      otherwise if staying with parents/relatives then their mortgage statement, council tax bill and a letter from owner stating the size of the property (no. of habitable rooms), how many people currently live there, that there will be adequate space for the two of you and that you can remain there indefinitely rent free or otherwise. in this case, people often submit a copy of the deeds from the land registry

      MAA13 Adequacy of accommodation

      The ECO's judgement should be based on the evidence from the applicant.
      If the ECO is not sure of the credibility of the applicant, he/she should ask to see a letter from the owner of the property (which may be a housing authority, housing association, landlord or a building society). This should confirm particulars of tenure and occupation of the dwelling, together with a description of the accommodation and, if rented, a copy of the lease.


      The onus is on the applicant to provide confirmation that there is no objection to an additional resident moving into the accommodation.
      Evidence of the applicants current employment and earnings or education, with a brief statement that you intend you work in the same sector or your other plans for earning your own income. This doesn't have to be true but it helps you make it sound like you have thought about what you will do once your here and that you have a plan so you won't need to rely on the state.

      In our case, I wrote my sponsor letter and my husband wrote a letter from himself too which was much shorter.

      If the application is refused for any reason, they will tell you. Then, it would be best to consult a solicitor who has dealt with spouse visa refusals. I believe you can reapply instead of appeal, the only difference being that you will have to pay the fee again but an appeal can take much longer than reapplication.

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      I applied from pakistan isb on 30th march 2012 .on 30 sep 2012 my 6 months will be complete INSHALLAH . I apllied for settlement spouse visa my husband is uk born. I applied for uk. Could anybdy telll me plz will they take more than 6 mnths for processing.? I am very tense nw

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ukba123 View Post
      I applied from pakistan isb on 30th march 2012 .on 30 sep 2012 my 6 months will be complete INSHALLAH . I apllied for settlement spouse visa my husband is uk born. I applied for uk. Could anybdy telll me plz will they take more than 6 mnths for processing.? I am very tense nw
      for most cases as everyone saying i have heard to within 6 months you should definanlty hear sumthing, but if you dont by the 30th if you go on the uk border website you can track ur application down i hope that helps

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      Quote Originally Posted by Enigmatic View Post
      hey giggles check your PM.
      hey enigmatic im also sorting out my paperwork for my hubby can u tell me how long it took you to get ur visa

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