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|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by hohia: 5:09pm On Sep 07|
You are right dear. This is from MOVE UP publication:
As you are aware, Move Up’s role in UK travel industry serves to provide UK visa solutions for South African passport holders. Move Up therefore specialises in helping South Africans gain entry clearance, which can be seen as permission to pass through the UK’s border.
Move Up therefore specialize in cases submitted in South Africa that request permission to enter the United Kingdom.
Taking the above into consideration, Move Up deals daily with Pretoria’s team of Entry Clearance Officials (ECO’s). Entry Clearance Officials work for the UK’s Department of Visas and Immigration.
ECO’s are the appointed decision makers in UK visa applications. Their role is to assess visa applications and to decide whether to award permission to enter the UK or not.
Yesterday, Ryan Rennison, Director of Move Up, had a rare discussion with one of Pretoria’s ECO’s. For now we will refer to her as Tanya.
This discussion revealed further insight in terms of the UK visa process in South Africa.
Two important aspects were raised:
The first is that the UK’s Department of Visas and Immigration are experiencing a global increase in visa submissions. This increase of visa submissions is therefore not unique to South Africa but is being experienced globally.
The weakening Pound is a strong contributor to foreigners finding travel to the UK being less costly.
The second aspect is that the ECO’s budgeted allowance of workforce was based on the previous years performance. This allocation is being exceeded which means that ECO’s are now in a position where their work load has dramatically increased, however their work force has not (yet).
“We have noticed that there has been an increase in appointment availability in the last week. Prior to this, there was a delay in appointment availability of at least 1 week. We assumed that the increase of availability meant that the seasonal increase of work load was now managed?” Asked Ryan.
To which Tanya concluded that the increase of appointment availability does not mean that the work load has decreased on their end. The increase in appointment availability is due to an online system function to cater for the higher demand.
This means that ECO’s are now making provision for higher amount of applications to be received.
Given that Tanya did not specifically address Pretoria’s workload, we assume that the Department of Visas and Immigration are making plans to increase the number of visa officials involved in the decision making.
It would not make sense for them to increase the amount of applications allowed to be received without increasing the amount of decision makers.
The conclusion we are left to draw is that Pretoria’s ECO’s are faced with a high demand of visa applications.
Recent changes to the Settlement visas legislation is also putting strain on their decision making process.
Move Up has experienced delays in processing times to all visa categories.
Non-expedited visitor visas are experiencing an average 4 week processing time (19 working days), as opposed to 2016’s average of 3 weeks (15 working days).
Expedited visitor visas are experiencing an average of 8 working days processing time, 2016’s average processing time was 3 working days.
Non-expedited Ancestry visas are experiencing 4 week processing time (20 working days), the average processing time in 2016 was 3 weeks (12 working days).
Non-expedited Settlement visas are experiencing the largest delay. A lot of current cases are being put on hold until the new legislation is up. At this stage, 4 month processing time is expected opposed to 2016’s average of 3 months.
Expedited Settlement visas are experiencing 6 week processing time (double that of 2016’s average).
This insight therefore serves to help create awareness of any future applicants, looking to apply for UK visas in the remainder of 2016, that the process is delayed.
Further to this, we encourage all South African travelers (leisure or immigration cases) not to make any paid for travel arrangements. Paid for flights for example, is not a visa requirement.
Applicants should first prioritize their visas before they consider making any concrete travel plans. (COPIED)
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by oluwatobilobami(m): 9:19pm On Sep 07|
Good evening everyone I have few questions I would love to ask.
*1 tuberculosis test result will be expiring 24th November and am planning to submit application Early October cos am still waiting for ielts and the result should be out by then hope the tuberculosis test result won't pose as a threat as it's gonna be expiring soon?
*2 am under 18 and applying for uk settlement visa and it's asking for how many years I plan on staying in the application and I don't know what I should fill in there.
3*the application is asking for my occupation but am only out of sec school 2yrs ago and if I fill in student its gonna ask for name of institution and course of study but am currently enrolled in a computer training centre.
*4 I wrote 2 jamb after leaving sec school but I never gained admission with it can I add the results as supporting documents
*5 please house I need list of all documents needed for the application both from me and from my dad .
N:b my dad is a British citizen.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Jarus(m): 9:24pm On Sep 07|
Visa experts, pls advise.
My passport expires Nov 29 this year.
I want to apply for 6 months UK visa next week to travel for a week mid-October.
Will the fact that my visa will expire in less than 3 months time affect the success of my application?
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by AmbivertMe: 9:37pm On Sep 07|
Hello house, I received a msg from my bank saying international transaction declined due to insufficient funds 3days(I noticed money was yet to be deducted before the three days )after making a call to ukvi office for escalation. What is the consequence of this? Should I top up the account so it can be deducted/if I dnt,will this affect my application process?
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Riribliss: 5:03am On Sep 08|
Please I my mum was denied her visit visa on the ground that her account funds were inconsistent and without proof, of which she included source and other documents supporting the funds (may be TLS didn't scan that �).
She wants to reapply:
1. How soon can she do that?
2. This time she will be applying with my dad who will fund both their trip, what documents does she need to provide? Their reason for visit is to see my sister and her baby
3. They will be staying with my sister who lives in the UK?
Please your contributions will be greatly appreciated.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Hbaba: 5:23am On Sep 08|
You need to renew your passport before application. You must have 6months validity (atleast on your Pali). Passport validity is part of the requirement
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Alphageometrix: 10:10am On Sep 08|
kayzuz:Congrats bro, u might as well check out Royal Air Maroc.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Tiyanya: 11:09am On Sep 08|
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by themusketeer: 1:20pm On Sep 08|
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by yispa: 3:47pm On Sep 08|
You can go ahead and renew your passport first. Once your naija passport is less than 6 months to expiry, you can renew the passport.
No need to wait for the passport to expire before you renew.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Jarus(m): 4:04pm On Sep 08|
I knew. Thanks.
Just been too busy to renew since May. Now, I have to do that ASAP.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by omoelexx: 5:33pm On Sep 08|
Pls can someone tell me how much UK standard visitor visa is now (6months), someone told me its 235USD but I will like to have a confirmation. Thanks I will appreciate the reaponse
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by themusketeer: 5:44pm On Sep 08|
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by highway04: 7:26pm On Sep 08|
Pls i was in UK for Seven days and came back on June 2nd. My visa is still valid and i dnt want to use the six months visa again. It will expire come nobermber 4th. Now i want to apply for two years. First i went on vacation and now i want to go for business visit or conference. I want to know which category of visa am to apply? Thank u
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by narcdramaqueen: 7:42pm On Sep 08|
Hello thread, I have a quick question.
I am planning to travel to the U.K on holiday on September 27th. I have a long term visitors visa so that's fine. However, I had long since planned to do a course at the end of October (Oct 30) after my holiday, that lasts 20 days however I recently found out that I have to get a short-term study visa.
However, when you look at the UK.Gov website, it says that you can study for up to 30 days on standard visitors visa. I've included a screenshot of the relevant section.
According to that I can't just go there with the purpose of doing the course. Well I'm going on a two week cruise, then visiting friends for two weeks before the course, and it made sense to tag the course on this trip to avoid buying flight tickets twice.
So what should I do? Assuming I have to get a visa, does anyone know if you can do priority with short term study visas in Lagos?
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Brightingsus: 8:41pm On Sep 08|
If your visa would still be valid and in date until after the course, you do not need any other visa. I don't know who gave you the conflicting info. However do not mention the course at POE. That screenshot is to make new applicants aware of the immigration rule whilst considering the relevant visa for them.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 12:40am On Sep 09|
If the course will not lead to a degree or diploma certificate. You can use your visitor visa so far it will be valid for the duration of your visit/course.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 12:41am On Sep 09|
Same as your previous visa category.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Teepee85: 3:10am On Sep 09|
To the glory of God Almighty and thanks to you guys here. I got my 2 yrs visa .
I am a silent reader here. Put in application for 2 yrs uk visa on the 15th of August. Got the usual application received mail and preparation for consideration by ECO mail on 24th August. Exactly after 21 working days, Tls sent the usual messages. Got the visa yesterday. Issued on 31st of August. No escalation or whatever.
Wish all those waiting a speedy response and successful outcome.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by themusketeer: 4:49am On Sep 09|
That was very fast
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by omoelexx: 6:57am On Sep 09|
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Baba1010: 8:33am On Sep 09|
I'm trying to invite my dad over to the UK for 2 months, I'll be sponsoring his trip as he's retired. He has previously visited the UK but was denied US visit visa a couple of years ago. Can you guys help clarify the points below?
- I have £2k in a savings acct and will send my savings bank statement to him, unable to send my current acct as I don't leave money there. Is it advisable to state I'll be supporting his trip in the range of £1500-£2000 as this means I'm ready to use all the money in the savings acct, do you reckon the eco won't find an issue with this?
- is £2k enough for 2 months?
- I transferred about 200k into his savings late June, thinking of printing his statement after that transaction so we don't have to explain source or do I need to add a note that I transferred this to him?
- I'll state in the invitation letter that he currently lives with my Mum and 2 of my siblings with their Children lives in the same city with him and they are planning his 69th birthday upon his return. home country ties?
- Documents from me
- Bank Statement
- SU07 sponsorship declaration if required, can someone confirm if this is required?
- BRP & Data Page
- Invitation letter confirming sponsorship, accommodation. This will also indicate he's been in UK previously and he didn't break any immigration laws
- 3 months payslip
- Documents from Dad
- Pension docs, retirement letter
- 6 months Bank statement where pension is paid into monthly (no money in this acct)
- 2/3 months - Savings bank statement with about 200k in it.
Do I need to add anything to the above docs?
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by oluwatobilobami(m): 11:21am On Sep 09|
oluwatobilobami:please house I need a response
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Brightingsus: 11:22am On Sep 09|
You can't send only Savings Account if you want to provide full sponsorship. You need your current account (or any other acct your salary is paid into) as there is where your salary goes into, I suppose. Your need statements from an account your salary goes into to tally with your supplied payslips. They need to see there is a regular inflow of your salary. Also include your savings account and explain your situation in your sponsorship/invite letter. You can't use up all your savings in sponsoring when you said your current account is nil, if you try it VISA WILL BE REFUSED. ECO will consider your own financial circumstances and outgoings and see if your finances will allow taking care of any other person without recourse to public funds.
You need to provide evidence of your relationship with your dad. Include your birth certificate where your dad's name is clearly written. Also include communication evidence to clear doubts. This could be call logs. You must establish this relationship if you are the one hosting your dad. SU07, a lot of people might think it's not necessary; but I will advise you to include it.
How does your sponsorship letter confirm your dad didn't break any immigration laws? Are you banking on what you write in the letter? Passports are electronic now and they can remotely know if any laws were broken. What documents do you have for accommodation, sponsorship letter? No way. You need tangible evidence, rental agreement or whatever...
Consider using 6 months payslips from you as against 3.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 12:44pm On Sep 09|
This thread is for UK visit visa, so there is no one in your situation here! I suggest you pose your question in the UK spouse settlement visa, the requirement will be similar to yours. http://www.nairaland.com/823869/uk-spouse-visa-appeal-process-part2
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by justwise(m): 12:59pm On Sep 09|
1. Still ok if you applied before it expires.
2. Did that question give you options?
3. Put the name and the address of the computer training centre
4. I'm not sure that is needed, school certificate result will be better
5. Read the ukba website for list of documents needed from your daddy particularly.
If you are not born in the UK then DNA test result is needed
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by justwise(m): 1:03pm On Sep 09|
1. She can reapply anytime
2. This question has been asked and answered far too many times here please read back for list of documents needed for tourists visa application.
3. I don't understand your last question
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by oluwatobilobami(m): 1:51pm On Sep 09|
justwise:Thanks justwise the question never gave me any option
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by Chibabe4Christ: 3:40pm On Sep 09|
ABEG HOUSE COME TO ME HELP OOOOOOOOO
AM IN A MESS RIGHT NOW. I WILL BE GOING FOR INTERVIEW TOMORROW AND AM YET TO GET MY FLIGHT BOOKING.
PLEASE HELP OUT WITH LINK ON HOW TO GO ABOUT IT
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by ekpotek: 4:39pm On Sep 09|
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by blza: 5:16pm On Sep 09|
Your docs are perfect . Your statement of account is also good. You can reduce the amount budgeted for the trip to £1.5k . It's is more than enough since you are accommodating him.
It's is important you add your banks statement that shows your salary entries which tallies with your payslip.
The SU07 is fine you can add it , you also need utility bill to back that up. You need nothing more . As per advisecyou got here Don't explain your financial circumstance unless you are not in active employment in which case you should not even be thinking to sponsor a trip.. All the evidence of relationship stuff is abit over top... it's ur retired parent applying for just a visit visa!!!, he has also been to the UK. Before. My mum who is also retired doesn't even add bank statements. Just pension authority and she has never had issues with visas!. Having said that it shouldn't discourage you from adding his bank statements since you have it.
All the best.
|Re: General UK Visa Enquiries - Part 3 by justwise(m): 5:44pm On Sep 09|
What do you need flight booking for? It's not part of visa requirements and you are hardly going to be interviewed.
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