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I have applied for a visa on 12th July and I have opted for SMS notifications. First day I got an SMS from VFS team stating application forwarded to Embassy. Today is the 10th working day and I have not received any further updated SMS from VFS team about the application status.

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The SMS Notification service is one of the premium services offered in some locations. It sends an SMS advisory each time a relevant, notifiable event occurs in Proviso (the visa application software).

There are about two triggers: receipt of application and decision reached. Sometimes there is a third asking you to schedule an interview (that's a bad thing). And sometimes settlement applicants have more. There are no intermediate steps like '1/3 of the way done' or 'yours is next' or 'just a little bit more'.

You signed up for the service and got the first SMS. You are presumably now waiting for the SMS telling you that a decision has been made and to collect your stuff from the VFS.

Based upon all of that plus what you wrote, your application is currently pending and that's the extent of what you will learn about it barring a Parliamentary enquiry (which resets your turn-around clock).

Extra: You used the 'airlines' tag and it might mean you are coming up to a flight date. If that's the case note that purchasing tickets in advance of a visa decision is ill-advised. This is because the UK government does not see visa applications as a formality. So the bottom line is that you have to brass it out and cancel your flights if necessary.

  • I like the idea of starting a parliamentary enquiry about one’s visa application status. I’m sure it can only affect the application in a positive way especially concerning the decision time ;-) – Jan Aug 19 '16 at 12:56
  • @Jan good point! I will update this answer – Gayot Fow Aug 19 '16 at 13:51

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