Hello everyone that's reading, I thought I'd give a short status update.
Many people have asked me what's taking so long with my visa application. Well here's the story so far:
The application was sent in on August 31 and the documentation (my passport, photos, bank statements, appendix paperwork, etc etc) was posted afterwards. I never had any confirmation that either my application or documentation were received, so when the 12 week mark came (the maximum length of time that the application is supposed to take), I contacted the UKVI asking what the status was. Of course, they said that it was in process and that I should wait to hear from them. 24 weeks came around, still nothing, so I contacted again. Same story. I contacted again a month later and again a month later, same story. They did finally send me a message that they received my application but I needed to send in my supporting documentation. I went ballistic! It had already been sent by Richard via special Post Office delivery MONTHS back!
So I the frustration has mounted and Richard and I have considered actually having him move here or we could go to another country...
So then I asked Richard to try calling the UKVI about this and he did this morning. I also got an email that said the following:
Dear (my full name) ,
Regarding Visa Application: (My application number)For: Thomas Blake Britton
Thank you for applying for a UK visa. Your visa application has been received and is under consideration. We aim to process non settlement applications within 15 working days (unless you have opted for the Priority Visa service), and settlement applications within 60 working days.
Unfortunately, the processing of your application has not been straightforward and we will be unable to decide your application within our customer service targets. We are continuing to work on your application and aim to make a decision as soon as possible.
We will write to you again if there is any change to this. Please do not attend the Visa Application Centre until you have been advised that your application has been decided and that your passport is ready for collection.
Sheffield Visa Section
So what's this mean? I hope to bloody hell it's good news! It's killing both Richard and myself being apart!