So when applying for a standard UK visitor visa me and a friend created individual applications (different GWF numbers) however bundled it into the same envelope when sending it to the embassy in New York

I have confirmation from UPS that the parcel has been delivered. My friend has received a confirmation mail from the embassy that his visa application is in process, its been 3 days and I still haven't received an update on my application via email.

Is this something that could be a mail room error or is it that when applications are sent together updates are only provided on one GWF number. Also, we put only one return courier label inside the envelope, will that suffice?

Any advice, clarifications at this point is much appreciated since I am getting a little nervous.

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    This was a bad idea. It is very unlikely that the embassy will have any mechanism to remember that these two applications from unrelated people, which require independent processing, are supposed to be then collected together and returned in the same envelope. This wasn't a "mail room error" but, rather, an applicant error. Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 7:37
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    I've no idea, sorry. You could try getting in touch with the embassy, but my understanding is that they make that quite difficult to avoid getting thousands of calls asking "Is my visa nearly ready, yet?" I would speculate that your application and supporting documents are currently in a folder with your friend's application and that the officer who processes your friend's application will find them. At that point, I would guess that they would contact you. Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 8:32
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    No. A single return label jeopardises DPA integrity. I hope you didn't see advice like that on the net?
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 12:42
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    One thing the embassy could do, given one envelope and one return label, is to act as though there is one application, with some extraneous materials in the envelope with it. That changes it from a really weird and difficult-to-handle situation to something they must see all the time. If that is what is happening, the e-mail acknowledgement means they picked the friend's application to process. Maybe they will return the OP's papers with the result, and the OP can resend them in their own envelope with their own return label. Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 23:23
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    What happened in the end? Did you get a visa?
    – JonathanReez
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 14:34

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Please use the link below to get an update on your application. They reply within one business day and also give you an update on your application. I was also getting a bit nervous because I did not get any update from the Embassy even after 15 days so I decided to mail them and received a response from them the very next day. Goto the link below and select your country. Then select option email us and provide your application number and your concern. I have also attached a snapshot of the response that I received from the UK embassy.


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