I have applied for UK tourist visa from Finland. It is showing following status on the screen;

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As it is red after the decision made and passback from consulate lines, I doubt it is rejected. But I am not sure. Can someone please tell me the meaning of this?

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    It's the VFS's site giving an 'unofficial' reading on your status, not UKVI's. Did you get your passport back? – Gayot Fow Aug 11 '16 at 19:55
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    "passback" appears to be a new option in certain cases to return the passport while the application is still being processed. – mkennedy Aug 11 '16 at 19:55
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    It looks to me like this site is having some other issues. From here it looks like translations are not loaded correctly, the tma_ukvi_uk_application_transferred_to_dmc is a key which is used to load the correct translation depending on the language of the site. Have you tried logging out, then back in and refreshing the page? This won't help with your visa status, but might make the labels make sense. – Burhan Khalid Aug 11 '16 at 22:58
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    I am guessing that this means the VFS staff have not correctly updated their site with your status. Piss poor presentation also. What's 'tma' and why are the words connected with underscores like some noob developer's first project. My guess is that whoever is supposed to update the VFS's db screwed up or called in sick. Piss poor over all! – Gayot Fow Aug 12 '16 at 7:34
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    I applied for a visa in Helsinki and saw the same thing. It's just a buggy web site. – Louis Aug 12 '16 at 10:18

The answer to your question...

Can someone please tell me the meaning of this?

...is "indeterminate". They, i.e., the VFS, is attempting to adopt something like the 'Amazon model' where the customer gets lots of updates about their order. They present six different status markers which would normally follow the sequence from top to bottom. The markers are "noob gibberish" which are either incomprehensible to the end user or require word-by-word scanning.

Incredible to relate, the strapline says "...returned description %s..."! Look at it in disbelief!

In your case, they show an illogical sequence with no explanation (and of course you came here for an answer and we'll do our best to help out). As I mentioned in comments, the my best guess is that the database person was out and somebody screwed it up.

Even if it were in sequence, those steps have little meaning to the end user, presumably "dmc" means "decision-making consulate", but what does it tell you? It's an amateur hack. Buggy.

What this amalgamates to is: indeterminate, ignore it, that system is not trustworthy. Your application is in the pipeline and you'll just have to brass it out.

Note: this site is not a UK government production. It's the courier's site and obviously outside of UKVI's tight quality control standards.

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    Those strings are placeholders, intended to be swapped out at runtime for either a local language translation for the logged in user, or a proper descriptive text updated by someone other than the programmer. All it indicates is that the site has a technical issue, nothing more - even StackExchange has had this issue in the past - its not amateur, its just a technical issue. – Moo Aug 12 '16 at 11:10
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    @Moo your comment is well worth promoting to a full answer. Your insight can prove valuable should similar questions arise. Consider adding a proper answer to the OP. – Gayot Fow Aug 12 '16 at 11:17
  • I disagree with @Moo. Presenting placeholders to end users is amateurish whether VFS does it or StackExchange does it. There are many things about StackExchange that could be done better from a technical point of view, such as the very rigid formatting. – Patricia Shanahan Aug 12 '16 at 11:23
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    @PatriciaShanahan in that case, every single time there is an error or an issue with a website, then that is "amateurish" because it should not have happened - and that is simply not technically achievable even for massive websites such as this one or Facebook. – Moo Aug 12 '16 at 11:30
  • "UKVI's tight quality control standards": They may be tighter than this, but they're not that tight. The online application for the EEA family permit was extremely confusing, not least because it used "you" to refer both to the applicant and the sponsor at different times. It also asked whether the applicant and the sponsor "had any children" (presumably meaning "together") when the sponsor was one of the applicant's children. – phoog Aug 12 '16 at 17:56

Since it is obviously a software error, as explained by Gayot Fow, I suggest you use the contact mechanism on the site to report a problem and seek help about your visa status.

If available, use a contact mechanism like "report a problem/request help with this site". Otherwise, use a general one. Include the above screenshot.

They might not respond, but then again they might, and that might mean getting information about your application slightly earlier.

At the very least, there is some hope that things will be fixed for future users.

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    +1, the OP could also send a screen shot to UKVI. They would take it seriously. – Gayot Fow Aug 12 '16 at 10:11
  • I tried to contact them they replied that decision has been made, you'll get your passport soon. They dint talk about this in detail :( – Amit Kumar Gupta Aug 12 '16 at 10:52
  • yup :), it was approved – Amit Kumar Gupta Aug 31 '16 at 11:24

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