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No, it does not mean your application was successful. Also it does not mean your application was refused. It means neither. It is simply an advisory that they have reached a decision and are letting you know that you will be contacted to collect your stuff from the VFS/VAC. It is a standard email sent out automatically by UKVI whenever they update the ...


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No it doesn’t. You will be able to tell only when you get your documents back. Even the VAC does not know the decision until then. This is a generic template to let you know that a decision has been made and the documents are ready for collection/dispatch. It does not indicate the outcome in any way.


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The VFS affixed a barcode sticker to the back of your passport; this is so that they can track when your passport is sent to the consulate, received at the consulate, returned to the VFS, and returned to the applicant. Each time the sticker is scanned a computer system is updated with the new status. The sticker is meaningless to the end-user and it is ...


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It doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that your application was straightforward and decision was relatively easier to make. You paid for Priority services and they did exactly what they claim about the service If you need your visa in a hurry, you can use UK Visas and Immigration’s Priority Visa service for your visit, work or study application. This ...


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In the email they say that they themselves don't know the outcome of the assessment, so the answer to your question must be "no, it doesn't mean either that you've been granted the visa or that you haven't been granted the visa".


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Contact the consulate immediately and request that your passport be returned. The letter you got when your application was put into administrative processing should have the correct contact information. Otherwise check the US embassy website for your country for contact information. You also could have (and possibly should have) requested it to be returned ...


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Given the circumstances of your application and the recent change of US law, I think it is most likely that your ESTA application has landed on someone's desk for review by a human being. The new law makes people who have visited Iraq since 2011 ineligible for an ESTA, with some exceptions. I think it is most likely that someone is meant to determine whether ...


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There is a good news where in after a Visa refusal when I immediately applied for the second time, I got my Business visa approved. This time, I had attached a genuine apology letter stating that I genuinely got confused with the visa stay duration and visa travel dates and I also questioned the authorities diplomatically and showed that I was myself ...


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Yes your ETA was approved. You received an email stating the expiry date of the ETA, the maximum duration of your stay, the number of entries and the conditions attached to the visa. According to the website of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, these are the details you'll find in a visa approval email: How will I know if my ...


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The UKVI site reports the following... So if you have applied for a long-term business visa, the maximum wait is currently 30 days. Note that this is at odds with the VFS page... Which says 90% are processed within 15 days. In either case since you signed up for SMS alerts, you would have had at least two messages by now: the date your application was ...


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Visa Processing Times UKVI has released a site wizard called Visa processing times that provides the expected turn-around for each issuing post by visa type. The user can enter the relevant issuing post and visa type and is then given historical data broken out by processing time. A sample for Paris looks like... People wanting to how the status of their ...


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I got an urgent-processing passport recently. The rules are here. I don't think there's an official cut-off time, but I showed up as early as I could in the morning just in case, recommend the same to you, since even when I showed up early there was already a line in the urgent category. You need proof of travel (airline printout with reservation number is ...


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You have previously overstayed a Schengen and your application was referred to the Belgian national authority. You then learned that a refusal is in the pipeline. Would it be wise to reapply for a visa to Belgium itself or should I apply it for some other Schengen country ? No, an individual's history of applications is recorded in a central database ...


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You should be truthful. That means you should answer yes, because you applied in 2005.


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You are experiencing a condition called 'post-submission anxiety', it's common for first-time applicants. They start to brood over their application, surf the net about it, and slowly work up to a full on flipping out. There's naught to be done for post-submission anxiety; the only remedy is to brass it out. On to the important point your question raises......


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The Home Office provides a tool (in beta version) to estimate the time your application will take. The announced duration is in business days. For General Visit visas from New Delhi, 98% of applications take 10 business days or less. You should go through the estimation process with your specific situation (since I don't know your precise situation). But a ...


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Thanks for uploading your refusal notice. You have applied for a marriage visitor visa which is a type of visitor and falls under this group's charter. You also have the option to post on Expats because your intentions are to settle in the UK. At the moment you are having post-submission anxiety because you have a previous refusal for the same visa type. ...


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In 2006, UKVI (previously UKBA, previously BIA, previously IND, etc) piloted a program of using a 3rd party contractor to interact with end-users who had questions. This was a favourable move for two reasons: Entry Clearance Officers (ECO's) are trained to make decisions and not to give advice, accordingly they do not have the consultative skills to get ...


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You have applied for a UK Standard Visitor Visa and the processing time is taking longer than usual. You want to expedite the application because your travel plans may be disrupted. The first step is to use the wizard at Visa Processing Times to see if your application falls within the expected times. These figures are both reported to Parliament AND ...


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You and your wife are both submitting applications for a Standard Visitor Visa and you are at the final stage (post biometrics). do we need to send the application with supporting documents as two separate postal mails for stamping or can we send it as one? You can send both applications in a single envelope. Before doing this you should make sure that ...


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Will VFS UK Chennai call my sponsor? No. The VFS is not part of the document verification team at Chennai; the VFS are external contractors who manage the collection of biometrics and provide courier services to the consulate. VFS centres do not participate in the decision-making process. Usually, do they make telephone calls to my sposnsor [sic] (the ...


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Converting comments into an answer: First my own, although not the same country, I had similar experience when the Canadian immigration website showed "decision made" after a three year struggle to gain citizenship. What the decision is only came to light when the physical mail has arrived a few days later. Second, pnuts points out since you can't do a ...


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I got my visa with correct name. So here is how it works. Name on receipt given by VFS is just for tracking purpose and doesn't impact your visa. But remember the same name get printed on courier sent by VFS, so you may have trouble with courier when they ask ID proof. Visa stamping is done based on details in application form and passport. Thanks all for ...


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I can agree on the approach stated above. I needed to renew my passport in less than 12hours (my plane was leaving the next day in the morning and my passport did not qualify for the 6 month rule of Nicaragua). I arrived at the passport office before it opened (7am i think) and there was already a line and brought proof of my urgency (plane ticket) with all ...


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As @Gayot Fow explained, the chances of getting an answer from a British consulate are nil. You can certainly contact a solicitor or an adviser to get an authoritative answer. Yet, for most basic cases other than some very peculiar situations the information is present on the UKBA website. They recently added a very simple 3-step guide to find out if you ...


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Unlike some other Brazilian consulates in the US, the Los Angeles consulate will not mail your passport back to you after processing. The Consulate cannot be held responsible for mailed passports or visa applications and will not mail applications or visas back. Your options are to either pick it up yourself, or to have someone pick it up on your behalf ...


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In the case of UK visas, there is nothing you can do to speed up the process or find out where you are in the processing queue. Even internally they only have 3 or four status indicators. Telephoning them will lead to a circular maze of recordings and menus. Emailing them (or faxing them, or posting a letter to them) will not produce a substantive result. ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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You and your wife applied for the UK Standard Visitor Visa and used UKVI's commercial 3rd party to submit your applications. You applied as the primary and your wife applied as a dependent. Your wife got a notification email and you did not and this is creating stress for you. So you have asked... Would UKVI send only one package for group of ...


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