Important advice to customers about UK visa application process delays. 11-May-09 1113


Dear Friends

Following is the latest news posted at Garry’s website about the timeline for visa applications.

Customers, please note that there are currently significant delays in the UK visa application process. You are advised to apply for your visa well in advance of the intended date of travel.

The delays are due to the high volume of customers making appointments at the visa application centres (please refer to the update of 27 April regarding appointment bookings) and to technical difficulties affecting the UK’s global visa operation, which UK Visa Services are working to resolve.

At the moment please allow approximately 7 weeks from the time you make a request for an appointment to collecting your visa decision. UK Visa Services apologise to customers for the inconvenience, and confirm they are working to reduce these delays.
If you require further information, please contact Gerry’s at info@ukvacpk.com or telephone the call centre on 0900 10411 or using mobile short code 8865 (open Monday – Saturday 0800 – 12 midnight)

Please note that these are premium numbers and charged at a rate of PKR 10 per minute.

06 May 2009: UK Visa Application Centre at Mirpur is now open. Please see the address details in the ‘contact us’ page of this website.

Source: http://www.ukvacpk.com/

 

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1,113 thoughts on “Important advice to customers about UK visa application process delays. 11-May-09

  • Q raza

    @Maham,
    tell ur hubby to contact local MP (Uk) . Involve Mp in ur case, they have means and ways to help ppl like us if they really want then. Once i was in a diff town , my local Mp helped me alote, we moves to an other town next to it, local MP is an asshole. My case is in the court now.soon i will ask my wife toget in touch with Local MP .i was in the Uk 6 years.
    8 years married.my case is alive in the Uk Home office . came back to get the visa quickly , got stuck in pak now, what a stupid i was. Its been over a year now. Uk court 2 times they accepted my shadi. its registered in the uk Got Certificate. but Stupid pak embassy said my shadi is not valid. can u believe that, they didn’t bother going through all the papers. now i have to wait and just wait. on top of that my wife had road accident, i dont know what to do.just have to wait. But im going to sue them badly what they have done to us.
    just like u guys me help less 2
    fake students,who dont wana study and going there and already there just to get the papers. Bcoz of them families like us suffered and still suffing in the Uk. U ppl will find out soon when u get there.
    khair // Good all of u

  • sana

    @ Casper & rocky111
    yaar casper try to get some number os som1 in islamabad embassy.I have been trying but knt get any thng.i haope they contact us soon.and rocky i have the same problem that i donot have any classes in january and have to defer my course to next september,but ALLAH will help me nd will not let my whole year be wasted.Casper said that uk gov will ask our universities to arrange classes for students of sept 2009 this november so their whole year is not wasted.Am not sure about this though..rocky u ask abt this 4m som1 nd leme know..

  • casper

    @sana
    koi faida nai sana.. they dont hv our passports yet. im trying to contact anyone from BHC islamabad to know wut they are upto. i’ll let you know if i get to talk to them. i feel like we’ll hear good news in next few days.

  • Haider

    I have appealed for the settlement visa. My wife has had a court hearing on the 31/03/2009 of March and
    Thanks God we were successful, issue. And after that I submit my passport on {21 of May 2009} so now I am waiting more then four months since I have got called letter. But I do not understand if some one won the case and after that they wait more then four months. I don’t know why that much waits just for visa. This is absolutely shit guys this waiting makes my crazy. How long we have to wait this is really fed up me. stay at home think about visa from 4 months today I will get call from Gerry office or tomorrow this today and tomorrow makes me Ill. I email them I called them but no body cares about us. they want make us like we can ask for visa like poor guys please give me visa please give me visa they just play with us. In 4 month they not complete my process so when they will complete my process guys. In 12 of November it will be my TB certificate expiring too. I am really really depressed about this situation. It’s a really hard to wait. Lets guys please give some nice advice what should I do or no just wait. There is any one in the same situation or no just me guys

    • Zafar

      @Haider,
      I submitted visit visa case for my family on 28th May, we all have previous visas also.but till date I have not received the passports.

      Let us pray and hope for the best, as we can’t do anything else

      zafar

    • A

      @Haider,

      dear haider, you are not the only one brother

      so many of us have been waiting in fact i have a same case, case just like yours, i have been waiting for 26 weeks and my TB certificate has already expired.

      ALLAH have mercy on us, good news in around the corner bro.INSHAALLAH

      keep praying and remember all of us in your prayers too,

  • sana

    @ CASPER
    What u think shd we go to fed ex office ourselves?did they call u as yet??ALLAH tabah kare inhe..

    • sonia

      @sana, wo tabah ho jain ge tou humara kuch b neye hogaa 🙂

      Allah unhai hidayat de

      best of luck!

      n just keep praying

      seriously it all depends on luck aswell,

      my cousin, he applied in september n got his uk student visa stamped last week

      n i applied for dependant visa in july n still waiting 🙁

      may Allah pour his blessings on us..ameen

  • Maham

    ALI re-bio leave me ur email address… will chat and discuss all abt our cases coz i guess its only 2 of us who is going thru RE-BIO thing.

  • w4r_m4chine

    @ FLUX and ANGRY LAD
    im suffering from same situation.its more than 7 weeks and embassy didnt called me for submitting my pasport… 🙁

  • Sheraaz

    @ Rani,if you got like eid cards valentine cards etc will be helpfull just in case,however i told the judge who write letters now these day what is the technology for i phone and talk on msn…thats how i stay in touch .Btw my cousin got his passport back after 4 months after an allowed appeal for visitor,They rang him on monday at Islamabad.I Think they just woke up!!!As it was quite busy there for ppl to collect after an allowed appeal.

  • The FLUX Inc

    i am waiting for almost 4 month after an allowed appeal for student visa.anyone suffering from same situation?

    • angry lad from karachi

      @The FLUX Inc, yes buddy after an allowed it has been now more than 2 months passed. By the way, which college you applied for? and would you please provide me your email address so that we could co-ordinate with each other.

      Regards,

  • Ali (Bio-issue)

    @Maham, this is quiet unusual…same thing happened with me before my biometrics my passport number was not appearing in abu-dhabi’s system…now there are some possiblities:
    -ure passport will be processed in islamabad (only biometrics will be processed in ISL)
    -either ure passport has been processed in ABD and sent to islamabad and deleated from their trash system
    -there is no other possibility cauz its been more than 100 days and one cannot expect furthur delays..i suggest u email islamabad and explain them ure case “that ure passport is not appearing in abd system which has made u worried and anxious” im sure u will get a reply..cauz i did the same before n got replies from both isl and abd the same day

    • sonia

      @Maham, yup u should definitely email bhc isl to inguire about all this stuff…maybe maham ur app wz processed in bhc abu dhabi before thts why gerry ppl told u tht ur app would b processed in fast track but later due to first priority given to student visas ur app went in backlog at bhc isl..don kno for sure

      just don panic maham, i just prayed maghrib prayer n prayed for u….m telling u this….in hope of comforting u a little…

      m so worried for u but just dont panic

      n keep praying

      maham … recite surah baqraa everyday its quite lengthy but may Allah help u

      best of luck

  • Ali (Bio-issue)

    @Sana
    @Maham
    I called abu-dhabi and explained them my case that i resubmitted my biometrics along with the application on 24th september (since i initially applied on 17th July and more than 82 days have passed), the operator said i have to wait another 2 WEEKS….unfortunately my extension date is 9th Oct i.e. this friday and I believe i have to defer my university offer till next year Sept 2010 (cauz my uni does not offer same course in jan session)….I can say after biometrics our cases are again evaluated and sent back to abu-dhabi, hopefully you’ll get a quick reply from these dirtbags lol after the whole drama created lately

    P.S i was also told by gerry’s vac manager that once ure 80% application process is completed other security checks such as biometrics are taken into account..not sure how true this statement is but in my case my application ws sent again back to abu-dhabi..lets c what happens..n yeah ill look for a job in the meantime 9-10 mths

  • sana

    @ Raza Khan
    how ur college gave u extention up till november??my university gave me extention up till 16/10/09,its uni of manchester.is there any january session in ur college??but how comes up till november????i also want to join this session..pray

    • Murtaza

      @sana, Has the uni sent u an extension letter? or what will you do with regard to the extension letter? is it electronic or original?

    • Raza khan

      @sana, yea there is january session InshAllah join karlogi ap yeh session dnt worry bs PP ana shuru hogae hain yesterday i visited VAC bht logon k pP aye hue they so relax inshAllah jaldi he aega!

      • Angy lad

        @Raza khan, yar hamara kiya chance hay appeal winning case ka?? or han, may nay college say bat kee licence kay baray may woh kehtay hain kay , UKBA will re-issue them a new licence in next few days, furthermore, they are suspended temporarly not withdrawn by UKBA.

        Allah karay jalde say appeal case walo ka passport a jai, and keep in touch okay buddy,

        Regards,

        • Raza khan

          @Angy lad, Han yar kuch esa hai k humen shayad ab bhi 1 month or lagega :'(
          shayd next week ajae yar bs dua he kar sakte hen or kuch nae bhai and congrats thora to prob solve hua tmhara 🙂 yar pray 4 me too nd yea sure touch men rehna tm b !

  • sana

    @ casper
    is it true that they will provide us classes in november??then its ok but wasting a whole year is a trouble..nd how will i tell my university about it??will they agree?

  • mrs usman

    @Maham, iam also waiting affter an allowed appeal of settlement on 17 aug 2009 for call .after reading ur pro facing delay i think my turn will come next year ,my two sons r 10 years old and 8 years every day ask me about visa as they r missing there father alot.

  • sana

    @ casper
    I think u and i will get pp on same day but WHEN..i do track my pp all the time but staus neva changes..ALLAH khair kare.U are lucky u will join january session but think about me wat will i do..i have to wait 4 next year..ALLAH be with me.

    • casper

      @ sana
      in BBC article i read that BHC says they will contact universities in UK for all those pakistani students who are late for their classes and their next starting date is after a year.and will provide them classes in november.
      All the best.

  • Rani

    All those who HAVE applied settlement visa please advise how long you have been waiting?

    And to all those who HAD applied settlement how long before you got you PP back

    I have applied on 13/08/09 no response!!

    • Waqar

      @Rani
      If it is fresh case they can take maximum time 60 working days it is 3 months time sometime they take more then this time.Anyway there are some people waiting for settlement case but myself and some waiting after Allowed Appeal for settlement.Inshallah you will have visa soon.
      Regards

      • Rani

        @Waqar, Thanks it has nearly been 2months for me now it’s scary they refuse so many cases now. Good Luck Waqar

        • Waqar

          @Rani,
          Inshallah you will have visa just pray if they refuse appeal process is so long and painfull.i think better to re apply not to go for appeal.you can contact them as soon 3 month over but hopefully you will have good news before that.
          Regards

      • Rani

        @Waqar, im so scared coz people are being refused for little reasons like not enough proof of contact. I don’t even want to think about an appeal process inshallah Allah will grant my husband his visa

        • Waqar

          @Rani,
          Have you applied or your hubby?it mean you are british citizen and ur hubby applied right? I understand appeal process is v long i am apart from my patner it been 1 year 4 months.Anyway hope for good inshallah your husband will got visa sister just pray i know they can refuse on stupid reasons.
          They have mentioned on website they are taking maximum time 12 weeks for settlment cases.
          Regards

      • RaniG

        @Waqar, Yeah thats right Waqar im a British citizen he in Pakistan, That is such a long time to be away from your partner have you been to see her since?Inshallah all will be sorted for you soon and you will reunite wth your wife.

        • Waqar

          @RaniG,
          yes she came 3 time during this time.Anyway hope for best inshallah we will reunite soon.
          Regardshi

  • casper

    @ sana
    same status here, im not waiting for gerry’s call i know they are lazy too. keep checking ur status from track ur pp link, and go to vac as soon as it changes. im pissed off, i missed the session.

  • sonia

    @Maham, i feel the same, for u maham,

    no process as yet but i called abudhabi last week n they told me tht ur visa is still under process but don worry as things would speed up from now on, so lets see wat happens, may Allah bless our prayers

    ive prayed really hard for myself n u aswell as i kno how difficult it is to live an incomplete life, hopefully inshAllah process would speed up , i wish these ppl do the ACTIONS not just TALK…

    best of luck gurl! just keep praying, n ill definitely let u kno if anything progresses with my visa , u do the same, inshAllah we’ll b with our husbannds soon.

    may Allah help us all…ameen

  • To , Mr Johnson

    What about those who re-submitted their passport after an allowed appeal (student visa) 2 months passed away no reply?

    Mr Johnson: please take a look to our case as well, we have been waiting for ages.

  • SALMAN

    HELLO STUDENTS,

    MY ACCOUNT AS I HAD MENTIONED BEFORE WAS VERIFIED ONCE. NOW MY ACCOUNT BALANCE IS VERY LOW AS I HAVE GIVEN OUT THE MONEY I HAD TAKEN !!!! GUYS I AM NOT SURE WHETHER THE HIGH COMMISSION WILL VERIFY AGAIN. PLEASE GUYS WHO HAVE MUCH KNOWLEDGE TELL ME WHT ARE THE CHANCES THT THEY WILL VERIFY AGAIN ????????

    PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    • Ali (Bio-issue)

      @SALMAN, dude cant say but it’s a risky move uve taken….in some cases bhc never verifies …some time once sometimes twice..so u shud pray they dun verify again, but i think bhc will be working hard to reduce/clearing the huge backlog of passport applications at islamabad quickly due to diplomatic pressure …so may be they wont verify ure account again

      • SALMAN

        @Ali (Bio-issue), ALI THANKS FOR THE ADVICE !!! YAR CAN YOU TELL ME HOW MANY TIME UR ACCOUNT WAS VERIFIED !!!!

        • Ali (Bio-issue)

          @SALMAN, i applied on 17th july and then i was required to resubmit by biometrics on 24 sep due to an error caused by bhc..uptil now my acct ws NOT verified

  • Q raza

    Hi guys
    good news for all of you. Jo Uk say minister ayea hay . said in the news kay end of november tak sub kuch theak hoo jaye ga.
    and visa time 60 days say klaam kar kay 15 days hoo geya hay . good news

  • Taimoor

    Guys!!! yesterday i got my pp back visa(Tier-4) stamped 😉
    I had applied on 18th Aug and yesterday i got so count the days…..anyways i’m planning my journey
    and yes i’ll pray tht u guys also get ur pps back visa endorsed inshahAllah

    • inayat

      @Taimoor,
      where u filed ur case?
      mean islamabad,karachi etc?
      o=i filed my case on 19th august 2009 in islamabad. my decison has been made on 8th sept. on which date ur decicion has been made?

      • Taimoor

        @inayat,
        I had applied form Khi VAC, and decision date was 22 sept. did u get ur pp back visa stamped?? if yes then when??

  • Faisal

    got my visit visa after 2 months so damn excited 🙂

    try sending a fax at 00971-2-6101587 mentioning that you need your passports back asap and other necessary details.

  • syed aun

    I had apllied after allowed appeal on 9th june 2009, today after 4 months i got a call from BHC they need my extension letter.Need your prayers becuase my last acceptence date is so near and in that college similar course is not availible for january intake.

    Pleaseeeeeeeeee every 1 pray 4 me.

  • Murtaza

    Hey ppl, need an important information. How much important is an extension letter? If the date on my visa letter is 9th october, and i travel at a date later then 9th october, lets say on 12th or 15th, is it necessary to have an extension letter, though univerity has allowed me to come late after 9th.?

    Secondly, if it is very important, is an electronic extension letter acceptable? Like I can ask uni to scan it and send it to me and I may print it and take it with myself. Will that suffice?

    Please reply quick

  • inayat

    hi
    i applied for student visa on 19th august and decision made on 8th sept. i called abudhabi so many times they says that your passport is handed to gerry. but consultant told me that i enquire about that and its still in abudhabi. donot know what is going on. who the hell will be responsible for wastage of my precious year if i am not able to reach on 12th octber. i am going for ms leading phD.

  • Rocky111

    listen guys

    This issue has nw been recognized and today there was a meeting of some british ministers with our counterparts. they decided to reduce the visa duration and also to shift bak operations from abu dhabi back to islamabad (which was the major cause of delays)
    I am also going through the same pain but i want u all to hang in n dont loose hope. we have to fight out our cases and prove them that we are civilized nation who merely demanding for their right of equality …… wishing u all patience n success

  • The FLUX Inc

    i received a response from abudhabi about my student appeal winning case that”your appeal is being processed.u will be contacted when a decision will be known”…i am afraid that what type of decision they still want to take and what is the meaning of appeal is being processed…is it possible (ALLAH na kare)that case again goes into reconsideration after resubmitting passport against call letter?plz i need u people help?

  • Murtaza

    Hey guys, need an important information. How much important is an extension letter? If the date on my visa letter is 9th october, and i travel at a date later then 9th october, lets say on 12th or 15th, is it necessary to have an extension letter, though univerity has allowed me to come late after 9th.?

    Secondly, if it is very important, is an electronic extension letter acceptable? Like I can ask uni to scan it and send it to me and I may print it and take it with myself. Will that suffice?

    • Q raza

      @Murtaza,
      brother you batter have some thing in hand. bcoz you gona have to answer at the pakistani Airports, they make such a fuss
      complete ur home work before you leave.

  • Angray Man

    Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi : Any student who has applied for UK Study Visa and is still waiting for it – Contact me asap! BBC on line for your interview – Call at 03334532030 AT URGENT

    • Q raza

      @Angray Man,
      why only students, What about family cases , visit, or other cases
      if you want im ready to give u my interview. what happend to us,

  • Pakistani

    @sana
    Try some other country like USA or Australia UK have become pain in the ass for Pakistanis because they think that Indians are there father forget UK go some place nice for studies you are paying fee to them not getting charity by these MFS.

    • angry lad

      @sana, I can understand you are very frustrated but now I think you have to extent your commencement date for january session. We are helpless sana , totally helpless.

    • Raza khan

      @sana, DONT GIVE UP OK !!!
      bs extension Mangwao and honey do jo hota hai PP ajaega kabi to tab tak tum extend karwao starting date and suno agar tmhara college ki extension November tak ki hoti hai to November tak ki karwana extension OK AND PLZZZZZZ 4 GOD SAKE DONT GIVE UP!ITS NOT OVER YET!TRUST ALLAH

  • Q Raza

    how many satelments cases are here. i think 99 % ppl her are students. i think we satelment cases must share some info.

  • yasin

    i read the same details on the forum of
    http://www.theskillsite.com

    i applied for the dependent visa of my wife but from last 3 weeks the status is “Image scanning completed on” can any one plz advice why it s not changing even after 3 weeks.
    thanks

  • Q Raza

    The home secretary, Alan Johnson, arrives in Islamabad tomorrow to try to defuse a row with the Pakistani government over a huge visa snarl-up that could cost thousands of students their places at top British universities.

    A backlog of 14,000 visa applications in Pakistan, one of Britain’s largest diplomatic missions, has caused havoc among students who were due to start courses at Oxford, Cambridge and dozens of other UK universities last week.

    Students complain of lengthy delays or unfair refusals by the UK Borders Agency (UKBA), which moved its Pakistani operation to Abu Dhabi a year ago after Taliban attacks in Islamabad.

    The visa crisis has triggered a deluge of angry media coverage, with one paper terming it a “monster cock-up”. Another reported that annoyed government officials had advised prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to avoid a joint press conference with Johnson tomorrow.

    Britain’s visa system had become “the stuff of dark legend”, the News said in a scathing editorial.

    British high commission spokesman Rob Murphy denied Johnson had been “summoned” to Pakistan to clear the visa logjam, but admitted the issue would be discussed.

    “We’re taking visas very seriously but the focus of the visit is very much on counter-narcotics, crime and counter-terrorism,” he said.

    Murphy said the UKBA was hiring an extra 100 staff to clear the backlog of first-time applicants, which had been reduced from 8,000 to 5,000. Another 9,000 visa appeals are pending. “Now we are prioritising the students,” he said.

    Reports of 200,000 Pakistani passports being held at the British high commission were “utterly bizarre”, he said.

    Miguel Loureiro, a lecturer at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, said he had received more than 100 emails from anxious postgraduate students. “They are frustrated, angry and disheartened with the so-called ‘developed’ British system,” he said, calling on universities to grant a blanket extension to Pakistani students.

    One student, due to start a mathematics course at Cambridge last Thursday, said it was impossible to get useful information by email or phone from British officials in Abu Dhabi, which is 1,400 miles from Islamabad.

    “I understand Britain has security concerns but I’ve paid £145 in non-refundable fees. I think I have a right to know what the hell is going on,” he said, asking not to be named.

    Well-to-do Pakistanis have been complaining about the revamped visa system for months, saying it has become grindingly slow, faceless and error-prone.

    In July the Lahore pipe band was refused clearance to attend a festival in Glasgow, while in August the national blind cricket team was turned down. The UKBA said it was not clear the visually impaired players would return home.

    Others told the Guardian of apparently illogical decisions, such as a millionaire refused on the basis of insufficient funds, while some students said swamped officials failed to read their paperwork correctly.

    The Home Office says strict border controls are essential for the prevention of illegal immigration and terrorist infiltration. The security agencies MI5 and MI6 carefully monitor the movements of al-Qaida sympathisers based in Pakistan.

    But the visa imbroglio is mostly affecting the wealthy and educated – a modern-minded elite in a strategically important country that commentators say Britain should be cultivating, not alienating.

    “Many of these people are not frauds,” said Irfan Husain, a UK-based columnist with the Dawn newspaper. “And when they are treated like this, it reinforces negative sentiments about western countries being anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistani.”

    The angriest complaints come from applicants who, having missed their reason for visiting the UK, have waited months to retrieve their passports. “It’s a human rights issue,” said Sabeen Mahmud, a graphic designer who has been waiting for her passport since missing a U2 concert at Wembley in mid-August. “It’s ridiculous not knowing where your most important document is.”

    Murphy said the high commission took such complaints “very, very seriously”. But he added: “With the problems we’re having, it’s inevitable.”

    Caught in the jam

    Qudsia, a 24-year-old social sciences student, was refused a visa to study for a masters in rehabilitation psychology at Nottingham University because “she failed to provide proof of a primary degree”. But when the borders agency returned her application, it included an unopened envelope containing a certificate from a prestigious Pakistani school. “It’s still sealed,” she said, adding that her grade point average was 3.1 out of four. She has appealed but the process takes four weeks. “That will be too late for me,” she said.

  • Sairah

    Hi

    Do u think this meeting will work to not further delays?

    i won student visa appeal & submitted my passport on 4th of september 2009 from lahore. i dont know from where to confirm status of my passport & when will they reply?
    My classes going to statr in october 12th.

    any help?

    Regards
    sairah

    • Q Raza

      @Sairah, according to this Blog, u can get ur visa from 3 months 10 days to 8 months. we can just pray for you. dont thing Uk embassy will return ur passport in 2 weeks time.
      could you plz tell me , when did u win ur appeal, and after how many days u got ur call letter.
      Thanks you

    • Raza khan

      @Sairah, Same here yar I also dun know how to track this case but after winning appeal I submitted my passport on 7th August and still waiting 🙁 V dun hav any other option!

      • angry lad

        Sairah, you applied in september, but I and Raza khan we both applied first month of August and still waiting……. Yes Raza is right, we have to wait 3 to 4 months more (Hope TB certificate will not expire). I have sent an email to UK HUB Dept and I told them , why it takes too much time when someone won his/her appeal case? any resonable answer? sound aggressive but lets see wheather they reply or not.

  • waseem

    Why don’t all you victim of UK Visa gather at your regional press club for a peaceful protest against poor UK Visa Service, because media people will not listen and cover this issue properly until we do the same.

        • angry lad

          @waseem, buddy i can understand your pain, but now i have started laughing rathar than crying because if you think over and over again your frustration will likely to increase more… to be honest i was too much passionated that, I decided to go to Islamabad but my couple of friends scolded me and adviced me to sit back and just relax. Since then I just started my normal routen work . Therefore, you will get nothing by protest or demonstration and better to wait patiently..

          Unfortunately, we pakistani people can just wait…nothing else…

          Take care buddy.

  • awan

    Brits wake up to rage over visa mess By Zaffar Abbas
    Sunday, 04 Oct, 2009

    ISLAMABAD: A raging row between Pakistan’s foreign ministry and the United Kingdom over a range of immigration-related issues — huge and unexplained delays in issuance of visas being the most contentious of all — has compelled British Secretary for Home Affairs Alan Johnson to visit Islamabad on Monday to meet Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and other senior officials in an attempt to defuse the tension.

    Though accompanied by British Defence Secretary Bob Iansworth to discuss a number of other matters as well, Mr Johnson’s prime task seems to end the friction by explaining to the Pakistani authorities a variety of fresh measures they were taking to expedite visa processing.

    The two sides are also expected to discuss a number of others issues, including the differences over the type of
    ‘violators’ of UK laws who needs to be deported from Britain.

    So annoyed are some of senior foreign ministry and government officials on some of the issues, they have advised the prime minister not to agree to a joint press conference with the visiting British ministers. However, no decision has yet been taken on the matter.

    Both Pakistani and British officials admit the visa issue has lately become quite alarming. More so because it not only involves hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis, a bulk of them are students whose academic career was at stake because of the hitherto unexplained delay in the issuance of visa.

    Many others who have either been denied visa or were still waiting for it after several weeks are also important and regular travellers like businessmen, university professors and those invited to attend international conferences.

    Senior Pakistani officials dealing with the issue say they estimate that about two hundred thousand passports were lying at the British High Commission in Islamabad for months, whereas the applicants’ papers were being processed by the officials of the UK Border Agency in Abu Dhabi, which now handles all visa applications from Pakistan.

    Perhaps the worst sufferers were those students who failed to get their visa in time in September. They had their admission and had even paid the tuition fee, but could not travel as either the visa never arrived or was not issued in time for them to join the classes.

    British High Commissioner to Islamabad, Robert Brinkley, acknowledges that they delay in issuance of visa was a serious issue, but says a number of fresh measures were already in place to address the issue.

    In fact, according to him, the situation has already started to improve, and may become better in the coming days and weeks.

    One of the major reasons given by UK Border Agency officials for such delays is the existence of a huge backlog.

    The matter was further compounded with the introduction of the system where passports were received by the missions in Pakistan, with the applications being processed in Abu Dhabi.

    Since a public outcry, one significant step taken by the British authorities has been to beef up the staff in order to clear the backlog.

    Although UK Border Agency officials in Islamabad were reluctant to say how huge was the backlog, one senior official said they receive roughly 2,000 visa applications every week, and until now there were not enough people to meet the challenge of processing them in time. ‘Now with the additional staff, we hope to expedite the process,’ one such official said.

    However, the officials were still not prepared to accept that the elimination of a direct contact with the visa information section, as used to be the case in the past, was making most visa seekers anxious. Their explanation is that the same procedure exists in other British missions and Pakistan was no exception.

    The students’ case was even more complicated. Many of those who didn’t get the visa in time were victims of the so-called 28-day rule. Under this rule those seeking a student visa can apply only 28 days before the start of their academic session. The idea, says one British diplomat, was to eliminate the possibility of false bank statement. But as one of the students who failed to get the visa in time said, with an inefficient team and a huge backlog, how were they expecting to process all the applications within the period of four weeks.

    ‘It’s scandalous, and someone needs to pay for it,’ she said.

    But students are not the only victims, as many other frequent travellers and established businessmen or academicians have either been denied visa or were waiting for the past many months to hear from the high commission about their applications. Professor Zafar Nawaz Jaspal of the Quaid-i-Azam University is one of them.

    Despite being a frequent participant at international seminars, he was unable to get his visa processed since July.

    ‘Finally, I have asked them to return my passport as I have to travel to another country,’ he said.

    ‘The high commission agreed to return my passport on the condition that I will forfeit my claim on the visa fee, but I am yet to get my passport back,’ Prof Jaspal said.

    Still worse are the cases where after holding back the passport for even up to six months, dozens of passports are being sent every month to Pakistan’s Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) on the suspicion that document may have been tampered with.

    Fauzia Siddiqui’s (not her real name) is one such case.

    Like scores of other students, she too missed the date for joining the new academic year in the UK. After a delay of seven months and repeated requests and reminders, she was finally informed that the UK Border Agency has denied her the visa.

    But her troubles did not end there.

    She was also informed that the passport was not being returned to her and was instead being sent to a Pakistani investigating agency, FIA, as a UK ‘forgery expert’ believes two of the airport immigration stamps in the passport from her earlier travels had been tampered with.
    Now it’s been another three weeks and she, along with her father, has been knocking at the doors of various FIA and airport immigration desks from Islamabad to Karachi in an attempt to establish her innocence.

    In another such case a young student who had been travelling to the UK since he was a year old, as his pretty well-off grandparents were settled there, was confronted with a similar situation. It was after a long and tedious process and after pulling a few strings, the FIA officials agreed to verify that the stamps were genuine and there was no tampering in the passport.

    UK Border Agency officials have their own explanation. “Trust me a lot of fraud and forgery is going on and we have experts in place to look into these things” said one such official.

    He said this year alone over two hundred such cases had been sent to the FIA for further criminal action. However, he was quite perplexed when told that in at least three such cases the allegations turned out to be baseless.

    A senior official of FIA from the agency’s anti-human trafficking unit also claimed that most of the cases being forwarded to them by the British High Commission were those of fraud and forgery. According to him a few who were wrongly accused were ‘innocent victims of a complex system’.

    In Pakistan, the anger among the visa seekers for the UK is growing. But at the same time quite a few frequent travellers have also offered valuable suggestions to improve the system.

    Among these suggestions, they say, is a need to create some kind of helpline where, instead of a machine, a human voice takes the complaints. Secondly, like most EU countries, passport should not be retained by the high commission and should only ask for if the visa has been approved.

    Thirdly, the 28-day rule for students needs to be immediately done away with, especially when due to backlog or other constraints the visa cannot be processed during this period. Fourthly, the UK Border Agency needs to have a direct line of communication with airport immigration’s computer databank called PIECES to re-check and verify the travel dates and stamps rather than handing over all those passports to FIA that they believe were tampered with.

    While describing it a multi-facet problem, senior British diplomats say with fresh measures in place they expect bulk of the passports will be cleared within weeks. But until then many Pakistani visa seekers may continue to believe that such delays and denials were part of a conscious policy to discourage people from travelling to Britain.

  • Raza khan

    WaqAR thats GR8 news!”GUYS PARTY TIME”! inshAllah InshAllah our wait will SOOn B END! InshAllah !

      • Waqar

        @farheen hasan,
        Wsalm sister no news yet.still waiting what about you? Did your hubby contact MP? Anwya i hope now backlog will be clear soon as British home sect will take some action.But there is nothing mentioned in news about allowed appeal cases.
        Regards

        • frustrated by BHC

          @Waqar, Appeal cases mentioned in BBC NEWS,
          9,000 Appeal cases are in pending. Similarly, my passport for student visa might also be counted in 9,000 cases. (just guessing)

          Inshallah appeal winning people will get their passport with visa……..

  • SALMAN

    THANKS FOR THE ADVICE AWAN !!! BUT CAN U TELL ME HOW MANY TIMES UR ACCOUNT WAS VERIFIED !!! AND IS THERE ANYBDY WHOSE ACCOUNT WAS VERIFIED TWICE

    • awan

      @SALMAN, i know some one whoz account has been checked twice.i can give u his phone number if u want to.

  • SALMAN

    Hello GUYS!!!!
    I SUBMITTED MY APPLICATION ON 24TH SEP FOR STUDENT VISA. TODAY HIGH COMMISSION VERIFIED MY ACCOUNT. NOW IM THINKIN BOUT GIVING SUM FUNDS THT I HAD TAKEN FROM my frend. Is there anybdy whose account was verified twice or more. I m confused plzzzzzzz helpppp.

    • awan

      @SALMAN,
      Salman Brother. at this stage dont even think about it. dont touch the money untill u hear from embassy ok. dont be confuse. its up to the embassy , they can verify when ever they want.
      wait for 4 weeks then return the money. i hope ur friends wont mind at all ok
      God Bless u

  • The FLUX Inc

    @thanks all who reply my query.in my circumstances,my college management told me that ukba are going to issue a new licence to them.As i have submitted my acceptance letter with old licence,so will the bhc accept that old license number papers.secondly,according to you people me should take admission in some new college,suppose i do it,so will bhc contact me about my new admission or i myself should inform them about the situation.if yes then how can i contact with them.plz help me in this critical situation.i am very worry.May ALLAH bless u.

    • awan

      @The FLUX Inc,
      As i said bro, just relax and sit back ok First of all, if they need any thing they will contact you to submit ur new acceptance letter,im 100% they will not ask.bcoz in ur case u submitted all the papers already, won appeal. passport is there for visa. InshAllah U willget ur visa soon. after that get your new acceptance letter .bocz at the airport some idiots can make some troble for u, 90 % in pak airport and 10 % in the uk. Plz get international Licence b4 u travel. it will help you alote in geting job.
      just Pray for us in ur prayers ok
      soon good news will knock at ur door

  • BILAL

    Hello Students,

    Im leaving for london tommorow on my student visa !!!
    I want to know my course will start on the 26th Oct so can I work full time until my course starts cuz its not term-time but it is also not vacations. Has anybdy got sum info regarding tht ????? I pray u all get visas soon!!! Good luck

    • awan

      @BILAL,
      I think u students have no idea about jobs in the Uk, Students r not allowed to work more then 20 hurs a week.Anyway Good luck for ur Full time jub.

      • fiza

        @awan, awan Reply:
        October 4th, 2009 at 10:00 am

        @fiza,

        Wake Up brother, im telliong u the fact. I know more the 1000 Pakistani students.max 1 r 2 reall student. (Edited by Moderator)
        Good Luck

        REPLY:

        first of all m not bro, secondly i can clearly assume wat sort of elct engg u would b…m srry m not trying to b rude..but just lets face the fact ur obssessed of living in uk.

        but m nt concerned with u here…FACE THE FACT M NOT BEING DESI AND M TALKING SUM SENSE HERE…ppl caught in doing such criminal activites have been punished severly

        AND BCOZ OF THESE STUPID FRAUDULANT PPL VISA PROCESS HAS GONE SO TUFFF!!! AND INNOCENTS R BEING CAUGHT IN THIS VISA JEOPARDY…

        these r genuine students here WHO WANT TO LEARN N STUDY not to go to uk to do every possible stupid thng. thts why they,re concerend bout there classes n all

        • muda khi

          @fiza, You are absolutely right. I 100 percent agree . If you take a look visa processing timeframe at UKBA website then you come to know what i mean exactly. One thing i cant understand, if someone refused uk student visa twice and won appeal then why UK embassy takes 3 to 4 months just for visa stamping.

        • awan

          @fiza, thanks fiza for pasting that link,,,read again this link u pasted,its what i said,,,
          i am in this country from last 9 years. im telling you all guys the facts, whts going on here. Reading the articals and UKBA ruls, doesn’t change whats going on here. whoz is going to pay 9000/year pounds in money University fee, plus 200 food, 200 rent, and 100 pounds travel money monthly. no one .All togater 27,000 University fee for 3 years plus 32,400 pounds for ur living + food cost. max one year 35 % students study. after that for visa extension they folow the same cheap ways , 500 pounds any college of london to get admission papers for visa extention. have u ever heard opne pakistani guy studing 16 years, studing what nothing working in a restuarant. extending visa same ways. 47 years old man 4 kids, student visa doing BBA so called college of london. Doing Pizza Delevery. telling You guys the facts. Im not against anyone. i want all of you to come here. Its not My country, My heart and soul is with my My country. but plz stop pretending. 99 % studnets are not coming for study. read the last post, they borrowing money from friends to show the bank statment. Colleges are cheap Its not My country, My heart and soul is with my My country. but plz stop pretending. 99 % studnets are not coming for study. read the last post, they borrowing money from friends to show the bank statment. Colleges are cheap they just want money . 1000 to 2500 per year admision fee any one can get admission. geniune students pay 9000 per year to the universities not the so called desi college. face the reality,stop living in kookoo land.
          Last 2 years bcoz of police (immigration ) Raids. students are having problem to get a normal job. I hate to see My pakiatni Broz suffering bcoz of no job. 99 % students at some point start crying on the roads of London. is that what we are here for.
          you guys know that bcoz of Fake students families are suffering, satelment cases, wife away from hubby for 2 years. kids pro. Jacki smith told in the news.
          Im 100 % sure families would agree with me (satelment cases).
          anyway guys Good Luck

  • The FLUX Inc

    i need u people help that my case is a student appeal winning case…its more than 3 month now after re-submitting my passport…i have checked that my college licence has also been cancelled by UKBA recently.now what should me do in these circumstances.will they give me visa according to old rules or refuse my application?

    • very frustrated by BHC

      @The FLUX Inc, Thats a big problem buddy. Well, I think it would be better of you consult with any expert.

      • muda khi

        @awan, dude, people here waiting for ages but they have not got their passport yet. As far as admission is concerened, there is no way BHC issue you visa, if your college is not registered, if you dont believe, please visit at UKBA website. I am not discouraging but fact is fact. However, Flux can change its college/ university but he has to inform British High Commission Islamabd. Still I would say , he has to consult with an expert like (SuccesConsultant) he can provide good information. Thank you

      • fiza

        @awan, PLZ I REQUEST DO NOT TELL OR GUIDE ANYONE TO GET INTO UK BY FALSE MEANS…VISA FRAUD IN ANYWAY IS A CRIME DO NOT GUIDE ANYONE TO DO THT…

        I WOULD REQUEST THE WEBSITE MODERATOR TO PROHIBIT PPL GUIDING OTHERS TO GET DEGREES IN UK BY FALSE MEANS OR TO GET ADMISSION BY FALSE MEANS…

        • awan

          @fiza,

          Wake Up brother, im telliong u the fact. I know more the …….study.
          (Comments edited by Moderator)
          Good Luck

  • awan

    Slam and Hi

    Listen All students. Plz plz dont worry about ur extension, you guys going to Uk , not in pakistan. u can change ur college any time ur course, even ur semester, just worried about ur Visa , bcoz its the main thing, rest is peace of cake. even if ur classes has been started dont worry, and dont bother about the extension pro. i was late classes started , so wht , guys u know most of our paki student dont even study, pay the fee get the degree. im telling u the truth, even in 2500 pounds u can Get GreenWich Degree. only if u know some one insider. we have done these all trick. just worried about ur Visa
    . Trust me guys when u get the Visa and InshAllah u guys will get the visa . ur problem 50 % will be over. Rest 50 % pro u have to face in the Uk. So just Chill.

  • Raza khan

    I’ll let u know its my promise ! and inshAllah we will get our visa soon hey sumthng I wanna tell you I asked to my college for extension they said My extension is till 23 November 2009 I m a lil happy cux I can join this session InshAllah if PP will be back to me before that date I hope InshAllah Ajaega tab tak 🙁 a lil sad too cux of wait!

    • very frustrated by BHC

      @Raza khan, Thank you very much. My session is in January 2010. I think your session is not far away and we both get a call soon, Inshallah.

  • angry lad from khi

    Hey Raza! I have emailed to ukhub.pakistan….. hope this will help. Dont forget to let me know if you get a phone call.

    Regards,

  • Raza khan

    I GOT THIS EMAIL YESTERDAY! I THINK U ALL SHOULD EMAIL TO THE GIVEN EMAIL ID…I DID SO!BUT MY CASE IS CALL IN CASE/APPEAL WINNING..

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Thank you for your email. This type of application is lodged in Pakistan and processed in the UK. I have checked on the status of your application and can confirm that your application is currently being processed and a decision will be made shortly.

    Please do not contact Gerry’s directly about this as they will contact you when your paperwork is ready for collection.

    Please forward any future enquiries to: ukhub.pakistangeneralenquiries@fco.gov.uk.

    Visa Correspondence Team

    British Embassy, Abu Dhabi

  • Rocky111

    @ Sana
    My classes have also been started from 28/09 n got extention till 10/10 but i spoke with my course leader and he keeps sending me lecture notes that i m missing. i would suggest you to make a call to yr course leader and explain to him the whole situation, they will be definitely at your side as its none of yr fault that delays goin on in application processing. r u going for a post graduate course?
    I wish u get yr visa sorted asap …

  • sana

    @ Rocky111
    My classes hv started on 21/09/09 and extention will expire on 09/10/09..i dnt have any time and these ppl are so lazy.

  • sana

    @ Casper
    my problem is my extention will expire on 09/10/09.I called gerry’s and they said they dnt hv my documents as yet.I’m also v worried ALLAH khair kare.

    • casper

      @sana,
      i wish you make it this year. my extension is expiring on sunday. uni has already advised me to start course in january. it sux big time. i applied from isb and heard tht isb ppl hv suffered more than any1.

      but i still hope everything will be fine soon. inshAllah.

  • Rocky111

    Dear Sana & Casper

    the real chaos here is bcoz of this two embassies processing our cases (Abu Dhabi & Islamabad) and I have personal experience they dont have any proper coordination between them.
    I had the problem of correcting my visa as they gave me a child visa instead of general one, i have been seeing a hell of dramas by abu dhabi n isb sides…….. now abu dhabi s also sent me a similar email tht i shd hear fom gerrys soon, i guess documents come to isb first n then go to sluggish gerrys… nyways when r u classes starting…mine r already begun

  • Adnan

    hi farheen,

    hope you are ok, any luck about your husband”s passport? i am still waiting too , may Allah have mercy on us and pass us in this test. Ameen

    • Shaikh Zayed

      @Zafar, hey brother…

      I also applied on 9th June.. n still waiting…

      THe Gerry staff dont telling the actual situation.. THey said may b ur finger prints have been lost, N if it is so , then they will call me for re submitting…
      Abudhabi office always said, the same thing… its under process.

      Now my extension is also over… I’ll join the next session starting from Jan…

  • The FLUX Inc.

    can anybody tell that after an allowed appeal, new admission papers should be according to new TIER-4 PBS system or according to old rules.i am very confused on this point.plz help me.

    • Dear Flux Inc

      @The FLUX Inc., My appeal was also approved. As far as your case is concerned, your uncoditional letter now called student visa letter and you need to apply according to the new rules(tier 4) system, but in the uk you will be consider as an old rule student.

      bro, After re-submission of my passport at BHC islamabd it has been now more than 2 months passed , but still no news. Remember, after resubmission of your passport you have to wait 3 to 4 months.

      Regards,
      Adil Ali
      Karachi, Pak

  • inayat

    hi
    what shall i do my decison has been made in dubai on 10th sept and i applied on 19th august and my extension is expiring this week??
    please some one help me and give me guidance what to do now?????

      • inayat

        @Ahmed,
        yar kitna wait karein?????
        aik aik din count karte hain. job be nahi kar sakte aur ghar me betee hain. 5 months se jobless hoon aur apna app bohat cheap lagta hai graduation ke bawajood ghar pe beta hoon. subha nikalta hoon for in search of job. me fade up koye umeed nazar nahi atee visa ke. ye kese halat hain.
        total uncertinity and i am not lucky since my student life. so me ne har man lee hai. busssssssss abb aur nahi kar sakta intezar.

        • farheen

          @inayat,
          HELLO
          Mr Inayat,just read ur post.i guess urs is student visa.dont u get disappointed.take it as a test from Allah.defocus urself from this visa issue and engage urself from it.i can understand the dilemma of being out of work.May allah help us in reducing our troubles.
          regrds

  • saniya altaf

    hi every one,
    I am the victim of this late process like you guys. I applied for the 2 years UK visit visa at 10 of june.It has almost been 4 months now but they didn’t give me any response yet i called so many time but usually call never go through luckily one week ago BHC Abu Dhabi picked up my phone and ask me my passport no and said madam your case is really old now so i forward the request on behalf of you.So i am trying to call them every day but now they are not even picking up the phone or the phone is not going through i am really worried about what the matter really is?did they lose my papers or they need new biometrics again or it is just because they don’t care ?

    • samina

      @saniya altaf, hi there sanya i won the appeal for a visit visa all they had to do was stamp my passport and give it back to me well i gave it to gerrys on the 19may and still not had a phone call to say come and pik it up there just a waste ov time now my solicitor in the uk has got the mp involved lets hope we all get good news soon inshallah.

    • Zafar

      @saniya altaf,
      I applied on 28th may and according to abu dhabi my case was processed in June.I am still waiting for my passports.

        • Zafar

          @frustrated by BHC, I have been to VAC three times, they have not mentioned anything like this, they are just saying that because of IT problem lot of case are still pending

  • sana

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Thank you for your email. I can confirm that we have processed your application in Abu Dhabi and you should hear your decision from Gerry’s shortly. Please do not contact Gerry’s directly about this as they will contact you when your paperwork is ready for collection.

    I’ve received this email from abu dhabi 2day.wot shd i do now??how long will it take?when ll they call?i called gerry 2day they said they dnt hve my documents as yet and they probably will be at islamabad embassy.plz help any1

    • casper

      @sana,

      i got this email yesterday and i called abu dhabi today to check if they have already sent my package back or its some where in the middle. they told me they sent it yesterday but you have to wait because people in pakistan take some time to complete some paperwork, i asked again how much time is expected and he said he is not sure but you have to wait for some time.

      now im not sure whether they finalize their decision in pakistan and do some rechecks or they just stamp our pp here.

      i think there is no point of rechecking, if they have to recheck applications here then wuts the pupose of sending them to abu dhabi at first place.

      i have seen people getting their pp back after 3 weeks of such email/information. but i hope we get it soon. im already too late.

      Good Luck

  • Pakistani

    Dear Members the visa refusal rate for Pakistani student, family visit and other visit visa has reached above 50% its is higher than any African country. Our incompetent government should ask UK government if they think that we are a terrorist country or we are worse than African nation they should vacate the high commission from our country. We can’t help westerns power if they treat our people like this. They are rejecting the visa without discrimination even if you are frequent traveler, women, businessman, children politicians recently they rejected javed minandad whole family visas except his they are not even bother to look at the evidence provided by applicants. Last but not least Gerry’s is also helping them by fleecing the innocent and genuine applicants and keep telling them call after 3 days there should be inquiry by supreme court how much money Gerry is making by this visa service and what quality service they are providing. I went through all visa nation countries web site they are very helpful in manner of tracking your application e.g. (where is your application and its movement) Gerry’s staff attitude in the visa centre is like high commission staff that we are not humans and keep us waiting for longer time I think it is a time to tell BHC that if your visa section is not here to issue any visa shut it down and don’t take the money from applicants which you will refuse later.

  • shery

    Hi All,
    I have put my visa application on 25 September and my classes will start from 5 October,university have also extended my Classes date upto 20 October and its postgraduate studies fully funded scholarship at Lancaster university.
    should i ask for more extension or it will work for me ???

    • Ahmed

      @shery, tv

      Hi, I don’t think you need more extension at the time being. wait and see. remain cool and calm. its best strategy.

      goodluck!

  • Network_Engineer

    Hi All!
    I’d love to help. I had draft a formal complaint letter for this forum’s member earlier, but I think she was not obliged to logged it that time. God help those who help themselves, so simple isn’t? of course not a rocket science. If you guys are interested then let me know, I will get back to you asap.
    Best Regards,
    Network Engineer
    UK

  • Saeed

    Guys have u witnsd any case rejected from Abudhabi under tier-4 category.. They take a long period but visa is issued after file reached Abudhabi b.coz all the verifiacation is used to be done in Islamabad.

  • AYESHA

    ADDING TO MY LAST QUESTION I M CONFUSED WHETHER IT IS NECESSARY TO SHOW ACCOMODATION ARRANGEMENTS IN VISA APPLICATION. IS THERE ANYBODY ON THIS BLOG WHO DINT MAKE ACCOMODATION ARRANGEMENT BEFORE BEING GRANTED A VISA?

    • Raza khan

      @AYESHA, ayesha it is not neccesary just wrote down anyone of ure relatives Or friends address if they mentioned that it is neccesary to provide but they wouldnt verify and from my point of view you should write ure college accomodation if u want anyother info email me i’ll surely help u out ramizrazakhan110@hotmail.com

      • angry lad from khi (hhh_triplle)

        @Raza khan, You did not reply to my email? This seems to be happening more often now with emails failing to arrive. By the way, have you visited to gerrys office directly in order to know about your passport status?

  • AYESHA

    HELLO GUYS !!!
    i WILL apply for the visa soon.i am under – 18 and I have to mention in the form that where i will be living in the uk? i havnt arranged accomodation yet. I wanna ask, do ukba verifies the place of accomodation as to whether the accomodation has actually been booked or if sumbdy will live with relatives then do they verify that 4rm them whether they have granted permission to stay? plz tell guys

    • Murtaza

      @AYESHA,
      They do verify a lot of things. So yes, there is a posibility as this is one of the fundamental requirements of your visa category.

    • Rani

      @AYESHA I think you need to get a draughtsman to do a mini survey of the house to show there is ample space for you and hubby to occupy this property along with current residents so there needs to be an empty bedroom for example and this needs to be shown on the report that this will be the bedroom of Mr and Mrs. Hope you understand what I mean. Good Luck,

  • sonia

    @Maham, yup its good ppl raising their voice, can mr network engineer help us??
    i think ppl on this blog as a whole should come up with something

    is there anyway that we could approach geo or aaj tv etc…it could help immensely…

    may Allah help us all…ameen

    • Network_Engineer

      I’d love to help. I had draft a formal complaint letter for this forum’s member earlier, but I think she was not obliged to logged it that time. God help those who help themselves, so simple isn’t? of course not a rocket science. If you guys are interested then let me know, I will get back to you asap.
      Best Regards,
      Network Engineer
      UK

  • frustrated guy , khi

    @Maham, I have emailed to Dawn News, Express News, BBC News, Fox News, CNN and Geo, even I have sent email to UK parliment.

    I m really fed up…….

    • Ahmed

      @frustrated guy , khi,

      Hi,
      I am a journalist. I can spread your word very sharply but still i suggest we should wait till the maximum visa time i.e 120 days.

      If the BHC has decided to do give you visa, they will do their best to grant you student visa before your extension expires.

      Very best of luck everyone!

      • KHAN

        @Ahmed,

        i have passed 120 days even more then that , can you do something now? i am not kidding or making this up but yes , it has been long time since i have been waiting.

        many thanks
        KHAN

      • KHAN

        @Ahmed,

        REMEMBER, I DID NOT APPLY FOR THE STUDENT VISA THO. NOT ONLY STUDENTS , MANY OTHER PEOPLE SUFFERING ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAS GOT THEIR APPEAL ALLOWED.

        PASSPORTS WERE SUBMITTED LONG AGO BUT NO RESPONSE FROM THE BHC YET. CAN YOU DO SOMETHING NOW? U HAVE A REASON TO DO IT SHARPLY NOW, CAN YOU ?

        MANY THANKS

    • frustrated guy,khi

      @Maham, None of them replied me yet just received an auto reply by one of the news agency. As far as i can tell, BHC understood Pakistani people nature lol, By this I mean that, ( standing in long queues to get subsidised atta and sugar, criminial pending cases in Courts, waiting for taking new passports , waiting for CNICs etc etc ).

    • sonia

      @Maham, me n my husband both are so depressed now because of this visa :9 he cant come here n i cant go there so helpless…

      same would be with u hainaa 🙁 …i never forget u in my prayers ..i wish this trauma ends soon.

      may Allah shower his blessings on all of us n help us…ameen

  • Saeed

    Plz guys tell me that is it true that only those files has been send to Abudhabi which are verified for visa by Islamabad embassy?? any contact number or eamil of Islamabad embassy.

  • Ahmed

    Hi All,

    Is there anyone going to study at University of Central Lancashire (Uclan)?

    V best of luck!

    Cheers,

    Ahmed.

  • saeed

    Salam 2 everybody.. Guys I have submitted my file on 9th of september and yesterday i called Abudhabi office. They told me that decision has been made and sent back to Islamabad. But my status is still same on tracking website. Merey cnstlnt ney btay hy k sirf wo files Abudhabi bheji jaati hain jin per visa stamp lagni hoti hy.. Baqi verification Islamabad mein hoti hy.. Is it true…. I have applied under tier-4 catgry…

  • Rocky111

    @ Mazhar & Sana

    British High Commission, Islamabad, Pakistan
    British High Commission
    Diplomatic Enclave
    Ramna 5
    P O Box 1122
    Islamabad

    Telephone: 00 92 51 201 2000
    Fax:00 92 51 201 2031 (Trade and Investment Fax)
    00 92 51 201 2028 (Management Section Fax)
    00 92 51 201 2043 (Press & Public Affairs Fax)
    00 92 51 201 2019 (Consular Section Fax)

    all contact ddetails are on british high commission’s website http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk/en/

  • angry lad from karachi

    Hello everyone!!!

    After winning an appeal case I submitted my passport at gerrys khi on 11th of august. I called gerrys he said, contact us after 2 days?? what does it mean , As far as I can tell passport is ready for collection because when i called them 1 month before they asked just my passport number and replied, PP under process since then i waitied and when i tried today 29th of sep, I leted him my passport number (10 seconds wait) he asked my name too. As a result, I am damn sure that my pp is ready for collection . what do you say guyz?? I want to go directly there, will they allow to let me in ?

    • inayat

      @angry lad from karachi,
      bro that told u ur name beacuse they have access to software and ur bio data is avalible to them.today i visited and my passport was not ready for collection they simply ask my application no an date of birth and check on computer and told me inprocess. so no need to visit according to my opinion.

      • Raza khan

        @angry lad contact me pls my case is same and i want to co-oedinate wid u but i submiitted my pp after winning appeal on 7th August i’ll be waiting for ure contact my cell number is 0345-8942204 and email id se ramizrazakhan110@hotmail.com please do contact me ! regard Raza khan

      • angry lad from khi

        @inayat, Tier 4 and allowed appeal applicants get their passports within 50 days As my calculation and research I have come to know that,

        BHC issue visas on 25th day
        For further process it takes more 25 days Total (50 days)now, BHC works finished. Passports return to gerrys fedex.

        Gerrys now takes 10 to 15 days . If somone visit gerrys after his 50 days completion they are likely to get their passports. My two friends did so , one refused his visa and second one got his visa. See, no confusion. If inayat you visited there then its mean your 50 dayz were not completed and 40 Days Not Enough Time To Assess visa application form.

        Regards,

  • inayat

    hi All
    any one who applied for student visa on 19th agust and got their passport back plz inform me. i am waiting for mine.
    thanxs

  • sana

    @Rocky
    kan u plz give me BHC islamabad fax number.I once tried calling them but they did not listen and gave me gerry’s number via computer..wat to do?am really worried….

  • Ali (Bio-issue)

    any idea if in case i get my tier-4 visa after my last date of enrollment in university can i still travel to the uk? cauz i gave my re-bio on 24th sep and the university gave me the extension uptil 9th october, if in case i get my visa after 9th can i still travel to the uk?

  • Rocky111

    @ Sana … dont trust abu dhabi call centre agents, they rarely give a true picture, I would suggest u to fax BHC islamabad, tell them about your extention date? which uni/college u goin to btw?

    @Ayesha ,,, Dont worry about the 20th oct appointment, u will get that easily. its just their policy not to give next month’s appointment date till the mmonth’s end

  • AYESHA

    HELLO GUYS!

    LAST NITE I CALLED GERRYS FOR APPOINTMENT OF 20TH OCTOBER. THEY SAID APPOINTMENTS FOR ANY OCT DATE R NOT RELEASED.30th sep appointment was the lat available. SO call later. can anybdy tell me what is the most likely date for 20th october appointments to be available????

    • sonia

      @AYESHA,
      dear, if u want appointment for the 20th oct…call a week before 20th ull get appointment easily no big deal… don worry

  • sana

    When eva i kall abu dhabi they tell me application under process..Last date of extention is 09/10/09.Wot that means is my whole year wasted..i dunno wat to do.why are they so lazy

  • Ahmed

    Salam dear bros and sis,

    i contacted dubai VAC they said that they have processed my visa application and i should contact gerry’s or british embassy islamabad.

    what does that mean and on which number or email should i contact in islamabad?

    any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks,

  • sadmonkey

    Hey everyone
    I applied on the 6th of August for student visa but still have yet to receive a response. Ive read quite a few peoples comments saying that they contacted abu dhabi and they were told about the status of their visa. I tried contacting abu dhabi several times but they did not give any details and asked me to call Gerrys in Pakistan. Can someone please tell who and when to call in abu dhabi and how should i ask them about my visa status. My last date of date entry is 7th october. I dont know what to do..really depressed.:( what should i do ?

    • Ad from Khi

      @sadmonkey, go directly to the Gerrys fedex office and dont want for their phone call. This is what we can do. I am doing the same. As I won my student visa appeal on 7th july and passport resubmitted at 11th of august , still waiting for these lil swines response. Enough is Enough.

  • Murtaza

    @Maham,

    First of all, when did rehman malik give such orders? Any news or link? secondly, no one can interfere with the British High Commission and the BHC islamabad do not come under the orders of Rehman Malik or Govt of Pakistan. They work under the UK govt and take orders from there.

    • sonia

      @Maham,
      but maham dual national means a person having two nationalities..here it means person who is both british as well as pakistani national…and mr fulton is a dual national where as his wife kiran is pakistani national…i think

      and if a person is dual national ..that is he has got british nationality already so he doesnt have to apply for a uk visa…i think

      a dual national doesnt ahve to apply for a uk visa in the first place…i think

      maham any progress?? did u call bhc abudhabi this time??
      can i ask u when u first called bhc abudhabi what did they tell u…whther ur app is in process or pending???

      take care
      n best of luck

      may Allah help us all…ameen

    • Abid Khan

      @Murtaza,
      Dear Murtaza

      come on mate. Rehman Malik my foot. He himself is a ….. ……………… so do u really he can ever dare to ask them to speed up our cases. He is a ……………………. How can u trust present govt. ministers specially someone like Rehman Malik.
      Edited by moderator, kindly try to avoid abusive language.

      • sonia

        @Abid Khan, 🙂

        peace

        i was thinking should we really put up complaints or write letters…but to whom…n where…i don kno…may be we should all write letters to some news paper like dawn etc…just to raise voice…or do nuthing just keep praying

        should we do that??? what u guys think???

        may Allah help us all…ameen

    • sonia

      @Maham, yup i called bhc abu dhabi before eid they told me tht it was under process

      after tht i don find guts to call them again 🙁 as they will tell me the same bad news…m frustrated seriously don kno what to do…

      Ya Allah!!! give them hidayat!!! seriously!!!

      we can pray nuthing more we can do…sadly

      now m wiating for 1 more month to pass by may be inshAllah next month ill get a visa…

      just keep praying maham…i think maham when u first applied bhc ppl found error in ur bio thingy so may be they didnt bother checking anything at tht time n may be they are now checking ur docs etc…

      n do keep track tht whether ur husband’s org or ur tenant gets a call from uk visa office cz theyll for sure call to check that…

      i hope m able to explain what m trying ti say sorry

      just keep praying maham

      don worry

      Allah …plzzz help us and giv those uk visa ppl sum hidayat…ameen summm ameen..

  • inayat

    yar donot know kiya ho raha hai i applied on 19 august aur mera decision be huwa hai aur mera visa ka pata nahi aur who applied on 27 august their passport are ready for collection. donot know whats going on. i am fade up. tooooooooo much disappointed.

  • inayat

    hi
    i applied for student visa on 19th august. my decision has been made on 9th sept, the abudhabi office told me. since that day i am waiting for my passport. i count every day. can any body help me apto when i can get my passport. my classes started on 21st sept.i have no extension.
    thanxs

    • Murtaza

      @inayat,

      I applied on 27th Aug, decision was not made by 14th sept, but i again called on 17th and they told me a decision has been made. I am also waiting for my passport. Allah karey jaldi ajaye…

      What was your previous quaification? like are you an Alevel student or FSc? and are you going for undergrad or postgrad? if postgrad, then from where did u do your undergrad? coz i think they are taking time in the verification of documents.

      • inayat

        @Murtaza,
        i am doctor of pharmacy. did my 17 year education there in pakistan and going for further higher studies.

  • Fahad

    25 September 2009: Student Tier 4 applications – maintenance funds must be in bank accounts for at least 28 days. From 1 October 2009, for all points-based system Tier 4 applications made outside the UK, the amounts required to meet the maintenance criteria must be held in your personal or your parent(s)/ legal guardian(s) bank account for a minimum period of 28 days prior to making your visa application. The end of the 28 day period must not be more than 1 month before the date of your application, for which you must show bank statements/other evidence. The transitional arrangements that were in place allowing funds to be held on the date of application only will no longer apply to applications made outside the UK, on or after 1 October 2009.

    23 September 2009: Settlement visa applications in Pakistan. Please note that the UK Border Agency is currently meeting its target processing time of 12 weeks for the majority of settlement applications. It is taking the full 12 weeks to process settlement applications so please do not make any enquiries about your application before this 12 week period. Enquiries regarding the processing time of your settlement application will not be replied to unless the 3 month period has passed. We recommend that you take this into account when making your settlement application to avoid any disappointment.

    • Abid Khan

      @Fahad, Dear Fahd
      well bro if this is true then i should start emailing theme from today ( though i’ve doing that in bits and pieces over the past 3 months ). I’ve applied for HSMP Tier-1 ( Call letter ) in June 30, 2009 and untill now nothing has happened. I am really pissed and have mailed appeals.islamabad@fco.gov.uk casework.islamabd and other email addresses but so far they have sent only five mails saying the typical shit thing that ” your application is processed and wait to be contacted etc”. i m fed up. as i m working in Tashkent as Project Manager for Nokia Siemens.I’ve done my Masters from uk already and have spent six years. i dont even want to at this stage to uk but now i am stuck and cannot go back to Tashkent to resume my job. They are least bothered abt my problem.
      i hope that now that 3 months are gone, they’ll pay attention to my case.
      i need ur feedback.
      cheers

      • Fahad

        @Abid Khan,

        Yar i wish u a very good luck as we all need that at this stage,

        Well i have should say that your application will be sorted out soon, as 3 months have elapsed.

        i did apply for my wife’s visa in June but still ……………. just hope.

        I have asked my soliciter to look into the matter, and apparently he got some response from abu Dhabi sooner than i would have expected. Anyhow if i ll get any news i ll keep u posted.

        I have read George Fulton’s article in Guardian newspaper, well all should wrie to such papers to raise issue.

        AH

  • salim

    hey everyone got some news for the settlement cases. 23 September 2009: Settlement visa applications in Pakistan:
    Please note that the UK Border Agency is currently meeting its target processing time of 12 weeks for the majority of settlement applications. It is taking the full 12 weeks to process settlement applications so please do not make any enquiries about your application before this 12 week period. Enquiries regarding the processing time of your settlement application will not be replied to unless the 3 month period has passed. We recommend that you take this into account when making your settlement application to avoid any disappointment.

    • Abid Khan

      @salim,
      Dear Salim

      Well nice 2 hear ur fresh positive comments. Well bro i’ve submitted my PP on 30th june,2009 ( HSMP Tier-1 ) and just dont know wuts going on. i’ve sent them too many emails over the past one week. I went to Gerry’s int. islamabad and one gentleman outside told me the same thing which u’ve mentioned above. Tell me pls what else do u know and who passed you this info? My time is exactly no 90 days i.e 3 months.
      tc
      Abid Khan

  • ADNAN

    Hi Bashir & Waqar,

    don’t worry guys, ALLAH will do all fine for us

    I know its not easy for us and for our wives but cant say much,what were the objections in your refusals? how long AIT took to decide your Appeals?

    Yes my wife is a British citizen and we also emailed and lodged the complaint to ECM at ISB BHC, they even replied to our emails and to our complaint but always saying the same story they told you guys.

    My waife has also visited me 3 times, even she has just got back to UK after 18 days . i am gonna ask my wife to talk to her MP.

    Dont contact them so many times,perhaps this is the reason they are delaying us .( just guessing)

    let your wife and your lawyer deal with them through their higher authorities. just make sure that they mention to all of us who have been waiting for a long time.

    Bashir, when you were visiting your wife in mirpur, why didn’t you go BHC ISB in person or did you?

    I hope we get some good news soon bros cos i have been waiting for 6 months now and you guys about 3 months, this waiting game is a serious pain but they don’t care.

    i just don’t understand their so called process now,
    what is there to process now?

    ALLAH bless us

    keep me posted for any updates on your passports or leave your email add so i can contact you guys.

    Praying for you guys, remember me too in yours plz
    and also ask your elders to PRAY for us too please

    • Waqar

      @ADNAN,
      Dear Adnan
      yes i agree with you that we should pray for easch other inshallah we will get back some postive response. If you have complaint to ECM i don’t think it gonna work out as if you complaint through an MP and they are taking long time he can take case to house of common and then they ask questions to Immigration Minister who is boss of UKBA home office and all settlment decision come from UKBA home office croydon.
      I am reading this fourm from so many months i want you to check post 24 lady name Salma Begum her husband resubmit passport after allowed appeal on 8th april after you and she was chasing case through MP and solictor and outcome her husband got passport back ages ago and you still waiting sometime you need to fight for your rights.i just feel sorry for you as we all have same case you can read all her post how come her husband can get passport earlier and you can’t same allowed appeal settlment case?
      i pray for you and all other inshallah Allahtal will help us.
      Regards

      • ADNAN

        @Waqar,Many thanks for your advise , i will ask my wife to speak to her MP 2mro and write to the Home Minister besides its our right and how can they do this to us, first got us buckled up in a lengthy appeal process then this waiting game. REMEMBER US IN YOUR PRAYERS.

        MANY THANKS ALLAH HAFIZ

        u can contact me on my email add
        adnan7862@hotmail.co.uk

      • farheen hasan

        @Waqar,
        w.salam Bro for ur advice.I am really grateful.
        Yeah i have read adnans dillema,same as mine.my husband is a british citizen,yes i will ask him to meet the MP and sort it out.thanku very much for ur prayers and encouragement.God bless u.urs is the same settlemetn issue?when did u apply ?
        Regards

        • Waqar

          @farheen hasan,
          Sister Farheen
          well i have refused last september same like you then gone through all AIT process i am already keep in touch with Adnan on his email.And told him full information.yes my is settlment case as well difference between ur case and mine u got call in letter on time but they waisted my 1 and half month when our MP wrote to them then they called finally that i can submitt my passport which i did in 1st week of july.My duas for all of Us inshallah one day we will be reunite with our patners.
          Regards
          Waqar

      • farheen hasan

        @Waqar,
        ok.thankGod u got ur call letter.
        Bro,yes inshallah.atleast this forum gives one kind of catharsis.my prayers for u.bro plz as soon as u hear from jerrys or bhc for the collection of passport,leave the msg here.
        best regards

        • Waqar

          @farheen hasan,
          i hope we will get call soon.you keep in touch as well in which town your husband is from uk? Tell him to contact asap to MP and try to meet him personaly if he would like i can tell him couple of points mention that as they take long time to process ur request as well.
          Regards

    • farheen hasan

      @ADNAN,
      hello
      well,read ur all ur visa issues.Bro going through the same.its a very testing time.but u know when i read ur posts and other guys,it feels like the feeling of having support group.in this way one doesnt get negative and it helps increse ones patience.anyways i do understand that some times its terribel.but ths will be over one day inshallah.now its 4 months since i submitted my passport to jerrys.God bless u n inshallah hope to hear good news from ur side.all the best for u.

      • ADNAN

        @farheen hasan,

        thank you for your support,

        what is your visa category? did you go through the same appeal procedure?

        ALLAH IS WITH US GUYS SO DON’T WORRY JUST KEEP PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER. HAVE FAITH BECAUSE GOOD NEWS IS JUST 1 PHONE CALL AWAY AT THE CORNER. INSHAALAH

        KIND REGARDS

        • farheen hasan

          @ADNAN,
          U WELCOME.IT IS SETTLEMENT CASE.YES I WENT THROUGH
          THE SAME TURMOIL.VISA REFUSED LAST SEP.WENT FOR APPEAL,LATER TRIBUNAL AND HEARING.WON THE CASE IN APRIL 09.SUBMITTED PP IN MAY 25TH.NOW WAITING.GOD HELP US ALL.MAY ALLAH REUNITE U WITH UR SPOUSE SOON WITH ALL HIS BLESSINGS,AMEEN.
          THANKU VERY MUCH FOR UR MORAL BOOSTING PRAYER.
          REGARDS

  • bashir

    Im in the same situation my wife has submitted her passport on 17 june at gerrys, mirpur after appeal but still no passport i have emailed bhc and the same email response sating they have received my passport and it has to be seen by a caseworker where then it will be processed and then sent but with no time frame, this is absolutely not on .
    I have been to pakistan 4 times since Feb 08 to see my wife and have just got back assuming the passport would be back by now but still no luck.

  • ADNAN

    HI,

    I HAVE SUBMITTED MY PASSPORT ON 24TH OF MARCH 2009 AFTER HAVING MY APPEAL ALLOWED ON 16TH JANUARY 2009, I AND MY WIFE ARE SO UPSET AS WE HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FOR A VERY LONG TIME, FIRST APPEAL TOOK NEARLY 8 MONTHS AND THEN AGAIN 8 MONTHS FOR THE CALL LETTER, APP WITH GERRY”S AND RESUBMISSION OF MY PASSPORT AND WAITING, EVEN MY TB CERTIFICATE HAS EXPIRED EARLIER THIS MONTH. I HOPE ALLAH GIVE BHC PEOPLE SOME HIDAYAT. AMEEN

    GUYS JUST PRAY FOR ALL AND THIS WILL BE OVER SOON AND WE WILL BE REUNITED WITH OUR BETTER HALF’S SOON. INSHAALLAH

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL

    • Waqar

      @ADNAN
      Adnan is your wife is British citizen?If yes she can followed complaint procedure she need to talk with local MP tell all the situation so he will complaint The head of visa section UK croydon then they can take case in house of common but complaint should made by british citizen.You are the first person i think whoes TB certificate been expired.i am worried now as well i am in same situation i have tried my best.Did you try to BHC islamabad email them time to time? what they replied to you?.

  • s_khas

    @Haider,

    I have submitted my passport in response to a call letter on 27 May 2009 but have no news since then.

    Just wait there is nothing you can do about it. I have lodged a complaint to the UK Customer Services- Visa Section in the UK (last week) so, if I hear anything and its been useful then I will let you know.

    Good Luck!

  • Adil from khi

    @sana, Call in letter means those applicants who won their appeal case ,they get call by British High Commission in order to resubmit their passport just for visa stamping.

  • Haider

    Salam brothers and sisters:
    I submitted my passport for the settlement visa with called letter (21 of may 2009) but still I didn’t get any thing please there any one is the same situation or no just me I already wait four months and some days but no response from BHC. I called Gerry office many times they just say your case still in process and also I did too many email to BHC but still no response. I don’t know why that much waits just for visa. I already won the case but still no response guys this waiting makes me crazy .I can’t go any where I have to wait until I get my passport back it’s absolutely shity processing.

    • Waqar

      @Haider,
      Salam Haider i have same case i re submit my passport on 6th july but till now no news yet.if your wife is british citizen tell her to contact local MP and if your barrister or solictor is from uk he can write to them as well but MP is best as there is no time frame for Allowed appeal cases they are saying INDEFINATE TIME FRAME which is totally unfair or your wife can contact to the newspaper in uk otherwise they don’t listen to anybody MP will write to them and they will say we have backlog so can’t give time frame.So i think personally only Media can bring up this issue infront of authorties and there is hope they might do something.there was a news couple of days ago in Guardian paper in uk but they were talking about new cases only.
      Regards

    • bashir

      @Haider, Hi Haider, i can tell you are very upset but i dont blame you.
      Im in the same situation my wife has submitted her passport on 17 june at gerrys, mirpur after appeal but still no passport i have emailed bhc and the same email response sating they have received my passport and it has to be seen by a caseworker where then it will be processed and then sent but with no time frame, this is absolutely not on .
      I have been to pakistan 4 times since Feb 08 to see my wife and have just got back assuming the passport would be back by now but still no luck.

  • KHAN

    sallam can any 1 till me my mum applied for uk vist visa last 3 mounth ago I chick applicant status as will and he sade application forwarded to islamabad OC On wha shall i do now shall i ring abudhabi till me some wha shall i do thanks

    • Raza khan

      @sana, call letter jab ata hai jab app appeal case jeet jayengi thats means k embassy want ure documents to be submitted ok for visa procedures

  • Syed

    Atleast i got a call from IsB Embassy after submitting my application with calling letter on 25th May… They want my new admission letter……. dont worry to all who applied with calling letter .. they will get the call sooon

    • aun naqvi

      @Syed, hopefully plz everyone pray 4 me i am really depressed.brother i had submitted my documents on 9th june with call letter.brother plz let me know about more progress.

      • Shaikh Zayed

        @aun naqvi, hey … I too applied on the 8th of June, same date from LHR…

        still got no response from BHC.. Bt yesterday called Gerry and discuss with them k Its been quiet long tym… they said, might b poosible k they lost my biometrics data… If this is so, they will call me soon…

      • Syed

        @aun naqvi, Well brother no need to worry i was also depressed when i did not get any news… but you will also get good news as earliest……

        make sure your college is on registered list if so then you will ask your college for extension letter taa k tumhara time save ho gai
        for more in fo sd o contact me ok

        syedghazi5@gmail.com

  • sana

    @ ALI
    MY course has started on 21/09/09 in manchester university and they have given extention to me up till 09/10/09 so thats the deadline plzzzzz every1 pray 4 me.My whole year shd not be wasted. YA ALLAH help me

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      @sana,

      One Good news for u that I forgot to mention is this The University never gives estension until they confirm the delay or get permission from British High Comission. So if they have given u extension upto 9th Oct 2009 then surely , you will be granted Visa soon before 9th Oct. And other thing they will grant you visa its 100% sure as they r taking time.

      Sana I am also trying to transfer my course to University Of Manchester in Petroleum Engineering.

  • ahmad

    Ali, First of all mubarak kho visa kee. secondly, i submitted my application on 13 aug and my classes are going to start from 28 sept. but now i have got my late arrival letter from university which is till 19 oct. Plz tell me shoudl i keep it with me or fax it or email it!!where should i email or fax it???????

  • Murtaza

    @Ali
    At what date is your visa stamped and any idea about what date was a decision made on your application in Abu Dhabi?

  • Ali (old poster ref#154)

    Dear Sana, have u already got extension or your course start date is 9th oct 2009 ?? remember onething , British High Commission is bound to process your application at any cost…, further more whenever they grant you Visa, irrespective of course start date , you can travel whenever you want to Uk , and write an email to the University/ College that “you applied on ….. and havent gotton back package since the day I have appplied….so please issue me extension letter … The value of Students contact with any authority at Uk about his matter is vital than those of Agents or representatives..

    I applied on 29th june 2009 from Ukvac lahore… contacted Visa section abudhabi manytimes as i could. My course start date was 19th september 2009 but got extension upto 9th oct 2009. Sana would u please call visa section on number i told u and ask them about the status of your application. I hope it would have been processed already.

    • ahmad

      @Ali (old poster ref#154), Ali, First of all mubarak kho visa kee. secondly, i submitted my application on 13 aug and my classes are going to start from 28 sept. but now i have got my late arrival letter from university which is till 19 oct. Plz tell me shoudl i keep it with me or fax it or email it!!where should i email or fax it???????

      • Ali (old poster ref#154)

        @ahmad,

        Thanks, Dear keep the extension letter with you, dont send it to Visa section anywhere, because university gives you extension when they have confirmed the delay of application process from British High Comission. It is for the security of seat at course as u will be late and will be allowed to enroll if u have it.

  • KHAN

    sallam can any 1 till me my mum applied for uk vist visa last 3 mounth ago wha shall i do now shall i ring abudhabi till me some wha shall i do thanks

  • sana

    @ ALI
    I have just a few days….I have to defer the course to next year..just few days.. The deadline is 09/10/09..time is running..

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      @sana,

      Aslamoalikum Sana, i too got extenion upto 9th oct 2009.

      Dont worry Bye the Grace of God you will inshall hear good news from Abu dhabi on monday Inshallah . They knew the problems that students can face due to their negligence, dont worry inshall everything will be fine, you must hope for good. I applied on 29th june and got it back today

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      @sana,

      Dear Sana, have u already got extension or your course start date is 9th oct 2009 ?? remember onething , British High Commission is bound to process your application at any cost…, further more whenever they grant you Visa, irrespective of course start date , you can travel whenever you want to Uk , and write an email to the University/ College that “you applied on ….. and havent gotton back package since the day I have appplied….so please issue me extension letter … The value of Students contact with any authority at Uk about his matter is vital than those of Agents or representatives..

      I applied on 29th june 2009 from Ukvac lahore… contacted Visa section abudhabi manytimes as i could. My course start date was 19th september 2009 but got extension upto 9th oct 2009. Sana would u please call visa section on number i told u and ask them about the status of your application. I hope it would have been processed already.

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      @sana,

      Sana dont ever make a mistake to request university/college at Uk to defer your admission , until you get your passport back / visa decision. Please keep in mind ……..

  • sana

    @ ALI
    plzzzzz give me full details..when u applied?from which center u applied?how many weeks it took??
    I am really happy 4 u,u ll be finally relaxed.congrats

  • Saeed

    Salam Everybody,
    Bhaion yahan to sub August ka applicants hain aplog.. meeny 9th september ko submitt karai hay file aur merey pass 5th October tak ki xtnsn hay. Mein kaahn jaun. Merey dost ney 31 August ko karai thee submitt usko 15th sept ko visa milgay hy.. Abudhabi ka nmuber kia hy? ager kisi k pass hy to dedo.

    • sunny

      @Saeed, hey yaaar dont tell me that ur friend applied on 31st August? and got his visa pp on 15th september? how come dat is so strange! are u sure? per if its true then wow mashAllah say!!!

        • sunny

          @Saeed, but from which city he applied? yaar may nay tau 27th aug ko apply ki tha abhi nai aya n ur friend applied on 31st, dats why i asked

  • Ali (old poster ref#154)

    Hi All POSTERS

    Here is good news for all the forum mates.. I have gotton my Passport with UK-Visa for 3 years today. I am thankful to All the sincere fellows who helped me and shared my burden of Mind. Especially Thanks to Apa Maham , JUnaid , Khan, ASma mustafa , and all others too.

    May you all get your stamped passports soon. Ameen.

    • Murtaza

      @Ali (old poster ref#154),
      Heartiest congratulations to you brother. I hope i get mine soon, InshALlah. Yaar please post here all the details, regarding when did you apply, did u ever contact BHC abu dhabi and what replies you got, when did you hear from gerry’s and what date is your visa stamped?

      Plus your course start date?

      • Ali (old poster ref#154)

        @Murtaza,

        Many thanks for the best wishes. Murtaza i applied on 29th june 2009 from Ukvac lahore… contacted Visa section abudhabi manytimes as i could. My course start date was 19th september 2009 but got extension upto 9th oct 2009.

        • Murtaza

          @Ali (old poster ref#154),

          ahan, at what date is your visa stamped? and whn was your decision in abu dhabi made?

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      @Maham,

      Thankyou Maham baji , I shall always remember you in my prayers.., Allah Karain aapka Visa bhe jaldi a jaye Ameen. Take care

  • WAL33D

    HELLO GUYS!

    CAN ANY BODY TELL ME VISA FORM PE ADDRESS IN UK LIKHNA HOTA HAI KYA UKBA WALAY ADDRRESS KO VERIFY KURTAY HAIN KE WAHAN KON REHTA HAI OR KYA APPLICANT NE CONTRACT KIYA HAI YA NAI?I WILL LIVE WITH MY COUSIN WHO IS THEIR ON A STUDENT VISA AS WELL.

    • sunny

      @sana, no sana my status is still same oc shoc :X i dunno when its gonna change i called gerrys he said monday tuesday ko call kerain aab cos website tau down hoi pari hai aaj :S

  • sana

    Any1 got number of uk border agency??not the 1 in abu dhabi.Some number in islamabad.I called on 1 number of islamabad and that person did not listen to me and directed my call to gerry’s center..

  • sunny

    @murtaza…..my course latest date is 28th sept and i have extension for a couple of months but i hope i get in time InshAllah

  • sana

    My problem is that there is no january intake in my university,manchester uni and extention is granted uptill 09/10/09..so i dnt knw wat shd i do..that wud be wasting my whole year….

  • sana

    U guys have applied on 27th august and decision has been made about your application and i have applied on 5th august and still waiting…wat is this??

  • Ali (old poster ref#154)

    Does anybody know about ASma Mustafa what has happened with her Uk Visa Application ? She has disappeared suddenly…

  • Murtaza

    Any idea about the students getting visas these days are those who applied on what dates? Though every case is different, but still, we can guess this from the average timeperiod they are taking.

    • sunny

      @Murtaza, No murtaza he must have misheard ur question he might though dat ur asking about the decision…..as today i called she said g morning sir n asked my passport number then she asked ur good name plz and then she said mr malik ur decision has made on14th of sept in abudhabi and then next day its been deliverd to isb n u shud hear frm then in this week or frm monday starting…etc! n yes on 16th they told me the same thing via email reply but there was not decision mentioned. so u can call aagin n ask them wud be good

      • sunny

        @sunny, n yaar people applied in august all of them have got visas till 20th! and some of them are in london rite now n rite now im talkin wid them on msn!!!! hehehehe n rite now one more guy applied on 20th aug n his staus changed on 18th sept got his visa today n he`s so happy!

        • Murtaza

          @sunny,

          These cases are now giving hopes. I hope InshAllah, we will hear from them in the next week.

          I did ask from him twice, and later i also asked that can i know the decision, and he said no sir, we are not allowed to tellyou. Thats it phir.. kher
          And yeah, tell me what is your course start date and what are the course dates of your friends who got their visas on 20th and before(august applicants)?

  • sana

    @ Sunny
    Have u done A levels?I called them today and they tell me application under process.Perhaps they are taking long in checking documents.Have you called embassy?

    • sunny

      @sana, no sana i`ve done inter after o lev and then Nca…yah i called abudhabi embessy the number which u n murtaza hav mentioned above…..

        • sunny

          @Adil from Karachi, no adil i dont know anyone who has submitted appeal case yet, all of em fresh yah but people who got refused last time also submitted fresh cases under tier4 n got visas ….other than that i dont know any1 under appeal case yet

      • Adil from Karachi

        @sunny, its mean appeal case taking much more time than fresh case, as i telephoned gerrys, he said, student with successful appeal cases have no specific time period and visa often issue 1 or 2 weeks before. Lets see what will happen.

      • Adil from Khi

        @sunny, I won my appeal on 2nd july , got call in letter by (BHC) on 7th of july , passport resubmitted at Gerrys Khi on 11th of August, my college course commencemnet date is 26th of october.
        Yar since I submitted my passport , I am counting every single day, however, inshallah i believe that, outcome will be good. I pray for everyone those who have applied fresh case or appeal case. (inshallah)

        Be optimistic because optimism is the key of success.

        Regards,

        • sunny

          @Adil from Khi, yea adil its the prayers only which can lead to sucess now ….and i pray to Allah mia that everyone gets their visa stamped as soon as possible! and yea rite now one more guy got visa he applied on 18th august and status changed on 18th tday he collected n MashAllah he got visa!

  • sunny

    oh if ur decision was made on 16th then maybe mine was made on same day? as they replied me 16th via email that they have processed myapplication in abudhabi and shud hear frm gerry so mine must be on its way bus Allah mia khair karain inshAllah sub ka lag jai ga ameen sumameeen!!! 🙂

    • Murtaza

      @sunny,

      Well yeah may be, mirpur must be having the fastest processing time. Bus as our passports are here, i wish we get it soon, and plus positive decision hou. Do let me know when you get yours. I wonder how much time do they take here? an Plus you are going to which uni and for which coursE?

      • sunny

        @Murtaza, hey i called abu dhabi today she said that my decision been made on 14th of sept….uff dar lag raha hai yaar pata nai kia decision ho Allah mia khair kerain!

        • Murtaza

          @sunny,

          Strange. WHen i called on 17th, i did ask from that guy that could you please tell me when was the decision made, and he replied that sorry, we are not allowed to tell you.

  • sunny

    yeh murtaza i asked my bank manager about this they informed me about verification….no murtaza isb had even more time than mirpur today they have revised the processing time guidence in august which shows
    Lahore Vac
    Points Based System Visas 2 days 3 days 5 days 10 days 15 days 30 days 60 days 90 days 120 days Total decisions made
    PBS Tier 4 0% 0% 0% 0% 2% 87% 99% 100% 100% 895

    Islamabad Vac
    Points Based System Visas 2 days 3 days 5 days 10 days 15 days 30 days 60 days 90 days 120 days Total decisions made
    PBS Tier 4 0% 0% 0% 0% 3% 80% 99% 100% 100% 831

    Karachi Vac
    Points Based System Visas 2 days 3 days 5 days 10 days 15 days 30 days 60 days 90 days 120 days Total decisions made
    PBS Tier 4 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 82% 99% 100% 100% 551

    Mirpur Vac
    Points Based System Visas 2 days 3 days 5 days 10 days 15 days 30 days 60 days 90 days 120 days Total decisions made
    PBS Tier 4 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 94% 100% 100% 100% 128

  • Fahad

    Hi All

    I have applied for my wife visa on 22/06/09, as HSMP dependant…………. and still no response.

    I can see that i am not only one suffering. Seriously guys lets start emailing our complaints to British media (BBC, mirror, guardian etc). As its only way to mount our complaints. and put a bit of pressure on UKBA/BHC.

    • Fahad

      @Maham,
      i have asked my solicitor to chase dubai visa office and also i m going to write to some local newspaper here.

      That isnt on.

      Inshalla we ll all be fine but it’s exremely frustating.

      • Maham

        @Fahad, yes Fahad it is indeed. i am so disappointed especially after the re-biometrics thing. it depressed me so much coz the other day i was to collect my passport as status was ur application is ready for collection but came to knw tht cz of some stupid errors ive to resubmit tht too after 2 months of sickening wait. i think they’ve restarted the whole proceduce instead of resuming after taking re-bios.
        ive heard HSMP dependant cases takes longer den tier 1 post work study but dunno… maybe its wrong.
        Ur wife must b so depressed. Pls take good care of herself.. i knw its hard…. being going thru it since i got married in december.
        leave me ur email if u want to discuss any further.

        Many Thanks.

    • Fahad

      @Maham,
      I know maham. i have been twice to Pakistan to see her in last 6 months.

      Very depressing, but we do support each other but at times you cant help it.

      Anyhow, i am sure everything happens for a reason and we only realize in retrospect.

      Inshalla, u dont worry. We ll all be fine.

      My email is

      cardiologyregistrar@gmail.com

  • Murtaza

    OK guys. What now make me think about the delays is the verification of documents. This is the reason that July applicants have not got their passports and August applicants have. Decisions are made from Abu Dhabi, but it takes time for verification. Some students have Alevels and Olevels certificates, their documents can easily be verified from British Council. But may be students with other degrees, of HEC, or other international degrees may face a further delays because of this. This is what i think, though i am not sure about any such thing.

  • casper

    i applied on 28th july and classes have already started, they say my application is still under processing whereas many people who applied with me have got their visas a week ago.
    you know the worst part is my university says you are late, you may join from january intake now.

    crapy service. i hate everything about it.

  • sana

    YESSSS i have applied on 5th august and i have not received my pp.I think i betta kall again..ur classes WILL BE started my classes have already started..

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      HI Sana

      i applied at an end of June 2009 and still the package hasnt handled over to me, you may say its within gerry’s territory. So you must be patient enough to not to loose heart… As mostly courses of Tie-4 have been initiated at Uk colleges and Universities , Authorities are making high efforts to clear all the applicants for Sept 2009 entry as early as possible. You will get good news within 3 weeks.

  • sunny

    @sana, hey u called them today? abu dhabi may eid nahi thee?? :S and btw how come ur pp havent come cos there are lot of people who applied in aug frm 5th to 18th got their pp stamped back wid them n i applied on 27th n im expection mine ened of this month too!!

      • sunny

        @Murtaza, hey i applied on 27th aug from mirpur vac….i went there all the way from lahore, as there was less processing time…and on 3rd of sept they verified my bank account……..i mailed abu dhabi on 10th of sept for status update so they replied me on 16th that they have processed my application n shud hear from gerrys soon…now just waiting my latest date is 28th sept but i have an extension letter of couple of months attached i hope everything gets fine..InshAllah!

        • Murtaza

          @sunny,

          InshAllah U will hear soon. I suppose islamabad applicants face less processing time because they in short dont need to send passports through couriers. But it doesnot matter coz there is only a difference of 2 days or so. I applied on 27th aug, and called Abu Dhabi on 14th sep. They said that its still in process. I again called them on 17th sep and they informed me that a decision has been made and my passport is in Islamabad now. So i am also waiting to here from Gerry’s soon. InshAllah. Btw, how do you know that they verified your bank statement on 3rd? asked from your bank?

          Kindly do post over here when you get to hear from Gerry’s. and so will i do.

  • Raza khan

    SAME BOAT aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhh BHC ko sue karete hen :p lol wat should u doo now yar :'( I had submitted my pp on 7/Aug/2009 but No response even I went to the VAC but they were saying that there Ix NO any time limit for this..He told a stroy lol of person who have been visiting VAc since 10 months but He also dont have any response except ”URES DOCUMENTS IS IN UNDERPROCESS” Iz this a joke? and @Sana my classes too started BUT we cant do anything!Because V R Pakis! they consider us the terrorists so they R very carefull b4 approving US! HUH! well for everyone pls pls pls if any one know how to track approved appeal case let me know plz i have been waiting ramizrazakhan110@hotmail.com

  • Rocky111

    @ Sana .. patience is the only solution to the delays and eerors they doin to our applications. can I ask which university and course u goin for?

    well read 344 for understanding how they making my life hell. they gave a child visa by mistake and now not replying to any of my mails and faxes…
    I hav missed my induction and i have got my lectures starting from monday but who cares

  • sana

    Ahmad
    the number is 0097126101539,its of abu dhabi.Why u wana kall ’em?I had a long conversation vd som1 over there and he was telling me there is nuthing he can do and i hav to wait.My classes have already started..If u want to kall them kall on this number and give them ur passport number they will ONLY tell u that ur application is under process..If they told u sumthng new dnt forget to tell me cos u kan understand my situation as we are in the same boat.

    • ahmad

      @sana, I called abu dhabi. They are saying contact on sunday as my documents in uk for verification……wt the hell is this.. my classes are going to start from Monday. Its crazy and tension is mounting.

  • sana

    I called the british embassy today and they said my application is still under process..I submitted my application on 05/08/09 and afta so long they are telling me that its under process.I really donot knw wat to do..am terribly upset.

  • Adnan

    EID MUBARAK TO ALL OF U, IS THERE NE ONE WAITING FOR HIS OR HER PASSPORT TO BE RETURNED FROM THE BHC IN ISB AFTER SUBMITTING THEIR PASSPORT REGARDING AN ALLOWED APPEAL?

    I SUBMITTED MY PASSPORT ON 24 MARCH 2009 AND I AM STILL WAITING? I GET THE SAME REPLY FROM THEM EACH TIME SUCH AS, IT WILL BE SEEN IN ITS TURN AND CANT GIVE ME ANY PRECISE TIME, ANY ONE IS OR WAS ON THE SAME BOAT? MANY THANKS

  • Murtaza

    @Mariam,

    Congratulations and Eid Mubarak.:) Could you tell me your visa type, date of application, and do let me know the date on which your visa is stamped when you get to see it, InshALlah:)

  • Abdul Rasheed

    hi im Abdul Rasheed 18 year age from Pakistan my city name is benzar butto Sindh Larkana any one help me i want work visa how im buy visa tell me infrom thanks my no 0023423817737

  • muhammad usman

    @gillani, bahi jan main nay bhi ap ki tarahan apply kia tha but refuse kar dia uk waloon nay or appeal ko 1 year honay wala hay ab tak sirf acknowlegment ayi hay yar plz mujhay bta do k ap ki appeal kitnay din mian allow hui plz main bohat pareshan hon .or mujhay ap ki allow ka parhnay k baad bari khushi hui.or ap k objections kyaa thay plz reply.my id is dh_likedrizzle@yahoo.com

      • muhammad usman

        @waseem, but brother its too late yaar what can i do .plz do confirm with yr friends and from other resources that how much time is being taken by AIT TO TAKE DESIOCIONS nowadays .or meri appeal ko tu 1 year honay wala hay .or appeals k desicions possitive a rahay hain ya negative ?plz reply ?
        dh_likedrizzle@yahoo.com

  • Rocky111

    Friends

    I am wondering if ny1 can advice me regarding my case. I got my Tier4 student visa stamped on 10th of sep,09 but there was a mistake on visa sticker. instead of tier4 (General)student , they gave me (Child)student visa. Although, i applied for my postgraduation and i m 29 years old. when i spoke with gerry’s, they gave me email addresses of ab dhabi n islamabad. since that moment on, i have mailed them, faxed them n called them madly but they are not giving any reply.
    I am extreamly worried as my classes are starting from 28th sep and i cant travel because of their mistake…….
    Some of the consultants and my uni has also sugested me to travel on the same visa but i m afaraid of taking any kind of risk.
    I am so damn stuk up ….. need yr advise

  • Waqar

    Salam to everyone
    Just want to share news with you there is news about visa delays in pakistan.click on the link.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8174267.stm
    I think everybody who is waiting for visa should send email to bbc reporter that high commision just making excuse as delay is not only in fresh cases people who have win appeal case they are waiting for long time after submission of passport.

      • Waqar

        @ahmad,
        yes ahmed i have checked it is old news but situation is still same high commision still taking long time in new cases i understand they need bit time for all kind of checks but after when somebody win case from court why they taking so long time even this matter gone to uk paraliment and after 2 and half year same story.anyway when somebody from media like bbc will contact them with full information and all old reference then they need to think before they answer him.

  • KHAN

    aww to every 1
    my mother applied for family visit visa on 7/6/09
    and im wating can any 1 till me wah shall i do wwa

  • sonia

    MAHAM,

    i wont b getting chance to use internet for couple of days,
    🙁 i don kno what ill do on eid…not happy

    but ill b praying for u, i hope u do remember me in ur prayers…hopefully we’ll hear good news after eid

    best of luck

    have a nice eid

    eid mubatak

    may Allah bless us..help us..ameen

  • nosheen

    my mother applied for family visit visa on 17th august.can anybody tell how long it will take to process visit visa.

  • ahmad

    @aadil@Usman, its grt to here from u people, plz keep sharing ur visa success stories. U booth are lucky have a nice eid.may Allah bless us all…ameen

  • aadil

    ALHAMDOLILLAH i got the visa ……

    tier 4
    applied on 30th july
    stamped date 24 august
    got visa 17 sept

    it took me 50 days…..

  • sana

    ALI
    On which number shd i kall?choose 1 for me 009716101100,0097143572300 or the 1 u gave me thats 0097126101539..and also when shd i kall cos i think this sunday embassy will be closed for eid..

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      Aslamoalikum Sana

      0097126101539 thats the number at which i have made ph call manytimes. So i advise you to call at this number. Visa Section Abu-Dhabi works from Sunday-Thursday , i think Timing is from 9 to 12 and from 12:30 to 4 pm. but you must call them between 10 am to 13 pm(pakistani time).

  • Maham

    Friends just to remind u all that I applied for Post work study Tier1 DEPENDENT visa on June 25th from VAC Karachi and after 2 months 5 days my status changed to passport is ready for collection. I went to retrieve my passport i was informed that I must reapply because my fingerprints are unreadable in Visa center Abu Dhabi due to corrupted file error caused by Gerrys and received a letter from BHC Islamabad stating that my application will be processed through fast track system and i won’t be needing to wait longer than 15 days. I reapplied on Sept 1 and since then have been made to run around in circles regarding the whereabouts of my passport. Gerry’s asked me to fill a new form and allotted me a new application tracking number whereas my previous tracking code now says “case closed” I really don’t understand why a new form and a new number!

    do you guys have any idea why my case is closed and second application is being treated as a new application? Do u think i have to wait for another 2 months now whereas BHC mentioned in the letter that my application would be FAST TRACKED?

    i wrote to visa.abudhabi@fco.gov.uk today. i hope they send me a satisfactory reply.

    MAY ALLAH HELP US ALL. AMIN

    • sonia

      @Maham,
      Ameen…keep praying

      i don kno much bout all this but in my opinion due to internal it errors they would hv given u new app tracking number as previous app would have been cancelled
      and if they have old u tht they ll treat ur app like in fast track may b thts the reason they gave u new tracking number

      as they have told u 15 WORKING DAYS tht means 15th day would b on monday…this coming monday and as this is the month of ramzan work pace in both abudhabi as well as in pakistan has got very slow, and seriously believe me in abudhabi it would b really really slow cz of ramzan

      hopefully inshAllah you should b hearing good news the week after eid..inshAllah

      lets see

      best of luck

      may Allah bless us help us all…ameen

      • sonia

        @sonia,

        due to internal it errors

        srry i meant to say due to internal IT errors or difficulties

        tyake care maham n stay calm…uve waited so long hainaa…inshAllah everything in the end will turnout great

        keep praying, i always remember u in my prayers

  • Ali (old poster ref#154)

    hi Sana

    You will get your visa soon inshallah yes i too called but no one attended the call. This blog format ha sbecome very odd , i am going to leave it now but havent decided yet to leave or not

  • ahmad

    Dear i have applied for uk T4 visa on 13 August 2009 and my classes are going to start on 28 September.. When i applied i was thinking that i hv enough time and will get visa on time. But now IT delays news busted. What should i do now.. from where i should inquire abt my visa status… some one was talking about dubia..!!do anyone have dubai contact number kindly give me…i am really worried ……….!

  • Maham

    Sonia its ok don’t panic. they ask for fotocopies so that they can keep a photocopy set of ur documents with them and send original to dubai/islamabad for processing so don’t worry at all.

  • sonia

    Q: What must be submitted with my visa application form and supporting documents?
    A: 1 photograph, copy of NADRA N.I.C, passport and one photocopy of passport

    THIS IS THE FIRST QUESTION ON GERRY’S WEBSITE UNDER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS,

    BUT M WORRIED CZ I DID TAKE PHOTOCOPY OF MY PASSPORT BUT THE PERSON COLLECTING MY APP SAID THT NO NEED TO GIV UR PASSPORTS PHOTOCOPY…

    DON KNO….WHAT THEY DOING…

    • aadil

      @sonia,
      dont worry …they also did’nt take photocopy of passport from me…and ALHAMDULILLAH i got visa….

  • Murtaza

    @ Sonia

    BHC abu dhabi is off for sunday and monday. You could try calling them on tuesday. However, High Commission Islamabad will be off for three days. Monday-Wednesday.

    @ Saeed

    This IT disruption has occurred in Abu Dhabi BHC i suppose. Not in Islamabad. Though I aint sure about it.

  • sonia

    MAHAM,

    this sunday would b off for eid haina…lets see when ill try,

    thnx a lot for ur prayers really need them

    yup i do remember u in my prayers, same here chatting with u made me feel like i can share this thing with u

    inshAllah

    Allah will help us

    u take care

  • Maham

    SONIA

    they are off on fridays so try on sunday. u’ll get thru… if u hear the busy tone just keep trying …

    i hope u r still remembering in ur prayers. ive prayed for u … u knw chatting with u made me bit relxed coz i feel we both r in same boat and dying to join our husbands in UK …

    Inshallah soon we will be with our husband.. in our very own house.

  • fiza

    ur status would remain “fwd to isl oc” even if it z in abu dhabi,

    just wait for 20-25 WORKING DAYS then if u don get ur pp bck then inquire bout ur pp. just wait for a while, its only been more then a week tht u hv submitted ur appp so just wait…

    SANA
    call them between 8:30-2:30pm pst
    but from sunday to thursday, as friday z weekend in abu dhabi, in pakistan eid holidays r for 2 days only same should be for abu dhabi bhc

    best of luck!
    n keep praying

  • Saeed

    Salam @ all friends. I have submitted my file on 9th of september from Karachi. Now there is a issu of IT problem in uk embassy Islamabad,according to http://WWW.ukvacpk.com.. My status is so far”Forwarded to Islamabad” guys plz tell me that when i should call Abudhabi for my pp status?? i should wait for the statement “forwarded to Abudhabi” or call them?
    PLz reply…

  • sana

    I call their office in abu dhabi and no1 answers the phone..i have already taken extention letter from university..every1 got their visa but they r not giving me..main kiya karo yaar?i submitted my case on 05/08/09 and still no reply..for how many days will be the embassy closed for eid?am waiting so badly and they will be taking holidays waa

  • sonia

    Maham,
    what happened?
    everything awright?
    do let me kno if u get any updates for ur visa
    best of luck!
    i wz praying tht u get ur visa before eid
    no…i wasnt able to contact abu dhabi as no one was answering in between the times i called
    lets see what happens

    may Allah bless us all n help us all..ameen

  • NASH

    salam to all.27 ramadan mubarak.i am visitor of this website from a long time .i applied for general student visa on 31august here at mirpur office.my classes are going 2 start on 21 sep.after a long time my status has been changed today.2marrow i will go there to pick my passport back.pls friends pray 4 me.buhat uljahn hai

    • Rehman

      kinna lucky hein tu yara….aasein 9 july de status chnge hoon di umeed cha bethein …..:)
      All the best mate….I’m sure you get it

      • KHAN

        @Rehman,
        aww to every 1
        my mother applied for family visit visa on 7/6/09
        and im wating can any 1 till me wah shall i do wwa

  • sana

    I have applied for student visa tier 4 on 5/8/09 but have not heard any thing from embassy as yet and status of my application also does not change.My classes will start from 21/09/09.I am really worried plz reply..how long will it take?

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      Aslamoalikum Sana

      Please make an email to your college/university requesting them to give Extension in the start date and issue an extension letter. Anyhow , please make a ph call to Visa Section Abu-dhabi at num 0097126101539 and request them to tell the status of your application, they will ask you your ref number or passport number..etc and will tell u the status. The decision might have already been made on your application and the gerry’s would be delaying it due to rush of applications.

      Within this week or next week you will receieve your status change news i hope so.

      Best Wishes

      …Ali….

  • KHAN

    Hello everyone. Just wanted to share the news with all of u that finally after 2 months and 18 days, i got my visa today. everyone on this blog has been of great moral support

  • Waqar

    Salam to all
    Just want to share some information people who are waiting after allowed appeal cases this matter been raised in UK House of common in jan 2007 and after 2 and half year i think no improvements.
    Hi All, Question regarding the delays after allowed appeals was raised in House of Common in jan 2007, please read the following or go to the link: (same story after two & half years, who says they care)

    Islamabad: Entry Clearance Office
    Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will take steps to inquire into the reasons for the recent failures by the Entry Clearance Office in Islamabad to grant visas following successful appeals. [116624]

    31 Jan 2007 : Column 387W

    Margaret Beckett: We acknowledge that there have been delays in the visa section in Islamabad between the allowing of an appeal and the subsequent issue of a visa.

    These were largely due to volumes of appeals and a staff shortage during the summer period last year. A new Head of the Appeals Section was appointed to the Visa Section in Islamabad at the end of last summer to address these issues.

    In addition, there were previously delays with the unaccompanied diplomatic bag, through which until recently all appeals have been forwarded to Islamabad. However, since early January all appeal determinations are now emailed directly to the Visa Section in Islamabad from the Home Office. This will result in a much quicker turn around and the ability to track appeal determinations sent.

    With the appointment of the Head of the Appeals Section, an increase in the entry clearance officer contingent at post and the electronic despatch of appeal determinations, the Visa Section in Islamabad hopes to significantly reduce the delay in the issue of allowed appeal visas.

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmhansrd/cm070131/text/70131w0017.htm

  • Murtaza

    I am a scholarship student. So it was not required. But still i showed a bank statement of little funds which i mentioned can be used in any case of emergency.

  • Murtaza

    Hi all

    It is quite depressing to see these all delays. however, below is my case.
    I applied on 27th August as menionted above for Tier 4 Student. And i first called Abu Dhabi on 14th sept and no decision was made by that date. I again called them today, on 17th sept and a decision has been made(Allahumdilalah) and my passport has been sent to BHC islamabad. NOw i hope that it is a positive decision and I get it soon:) InshAllah!

      • latentry

        @Ali (old poster ref#154),

        you make me laugh man. Pshycilogy trouble guy hahahah. Learn the eng 1st and than go to uk:) It surprised me to see how people are desperate for a UK visa. Ive spend 8 years in UK, got educvation from a Top uni and now have a very good job in Pakistan. But i was never desperate like you lot for a visa. And to me UK visa was not achievement. It shows how down we have gone as a nation that we consider a uk visa achievement. And when ppl like you land in uk they treat you as SCUM

  • latentry

    Oh Gosh
    People are so desperate for UK visa that they gona read the Darood and give sadka. For heaven sake dont do these things just for visa.

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      Why Latentary ??? is it wrong near you to recite darood and pray for visa ??? he who dont pray is a KAFFIR in ISlam and what your minute knowledge tells about Sadqa? Is is bad thing to do ??? Tell me are you muslim ??? Sorry if it hurts your feelings LATENTry.

      • latentry

        Yea mate VISA is not a such thing for which one should give Sadka and read Darood. You can pray and give sadka for better things in life not for a UK visa. Dont be so desperate for visa that you are going to pray to God for a visa. Ask God for other better things in life not a useless visa. Uk VISA is not a big achievement or something so important and special that one should give sadka for it. And let me tell you UK visa is not an achievement in life. Ask got for better things in life not just a UK VISA

        • Ali (old poster ref#154)

          Why one should not give sadqa for Uk visa ?? What are u doing here if u consider uk visa nothing ??? Go away dear ….,Why not for uk Visa ? Everyone is free to do what he wills provided he infringes not the equal freedom of others and if someone is giving sadqa and praying for the grantaion of visa then whats bad in it according to Islamic point of vies and the teachings of Holly Prophet Muhammad S.a.w ??? hehhehhe dear go away if Uk visa is useless. i think you are psychologically troubled young guy….. I hope its enough for you

  • Ali (old poster ref#154)

    Sb dua karain k jin jin k visa ki rukawat hui hui hain un sb ki rukawatain dur ho jaen aur gerry’s walo ko bhe hedayat a jaye jaldi se jaldi deliver karnay ki . ameen

  • junaid

    salam all,

    by the way wht is the passport pick up time from gerry’s in ramadan??is it after 12 or 2 pm??

    @Ali bahi. decision was made on 8th i knw.

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      Aoa Junaid, the best time is to go before 12:01 pm irrespective of the closing times in any condition

  • Syed

    Well i have submitted my passport on 25th May after getting my calling letter. Few of my known persons also applied same month and still nobody get any good news from there upto now. It is a totally lazyness of BHC Islamabad and Gerrey Mafia is also involved in it. They are charging some amount in sake of urgent process.

    God Help Us in this regard……… Best Wishes to all of you there

  • saniya altaf

    Hi to every one,
    mr baber poster #27 got his 2 years visa after 3 months and 4 days.a visa has been issued to him since july and they just released it today.I m telling u guys becouse A lot of people on this blog who r suffring these kind of delays and worried that if decesion has been made from Abu Dahbi why it took so long.so chill guys they have invented new games and playing on it . I m worried for my self becouse i applied at 10 of june and almost 20 days ago when i called Abu Dahbi they told me my case was still in process so please prey for me.Ali bhai quantity of meat is on your pocket not on your age.Maham i have one advise for u too dont give up and dont lose hopes be optimistic god loves us a lot so he wont leave us alone INSHALLAH.

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      Saniya baji ,

      Quantity of meat is dependent on pocket.. but actually it would be the sadqa of your whole age uptill now…. mean ab tak jitni apki age hui hai uska sadqa daina hai na warna to 1 saal ka sirf 2 chaataank hai na. (i dont know whats chatank and its equivalent in grams or kgs). 2 chataank to thora sa ho ga na. sadqa jadu , gunaah , rukawatain tamam dur kar daita hai Saniya baji.

      • Ali (old poster ref#154)

        Onething more some people gives money , sugar , clothes as a sadqa … its not sadqa in reality its what is called as mujhay word he bhool gaya hai specific word hai in Islam. matlb Allah ki khushe k lye daina . Sadqa jandar cheez ka he hota hai mostly ya usk meat ka.

        • Ali (old poster ref#154)

          YES I REMEBER ITS Khairaat not Sadqa to give money , clothes, shoes , sugar , flour and otherthings except animals or their meat.

  • junaid

    Dear Ali,

    Nops, i haven’t received any further information regarding status change!!!
    When i wrote on 13th that decision has been made, that was the date, i enquired in Abu Dhabi for my application Status and decision was being made on sep 8th.

    Now, whn decision is being made, application decision is being sent to ISB BHC, they further take 1-1.5 weak in delivering that passport to gerry. Gerry’s intrl take ard 2 days to intimate you so as a whole its a process of 2 weaks b4 ur pp is handed over to u.

    i am expecting mine and ofcourse yours status change on thursday or friday.

    Waiting for good news from your side bro and expect same for me… Gud luck to u and every1 else.

    Take care

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      Hi junaid

      the words ” decision was being made on 8th sept ” means that 8 sept ko decision ho raha tha. it never means that decision has been made on 8th sept. Please call him again and confirm him if the decision has been made on 8th or is still under consideration.

  • sonia

    TO MAHAM

    thnx a lot gurl!
    really appreciate tht
    n best of luck
    inshAllah ull hear a good news soon
    keep on praying

    i always remember u in my prayers maham
    may Allah bless u
    n bless all of us

    ameen…

    • sonia

      i called aaj subaah
      but no one wz answering
      dekho kab call krti hun phir se
      u take care
      inshAllah we’ll hear good news from gerry’s soon

      just keep on praying
      may Allah help us..ameen

  • salim

    hi Mariam,
    the number you gave Ive tried contacting many times before n i just cant seem to get an answer. dont worry Mariam you and everyone else is always mentioned when making dua. Ive kinda gave up on ringing them all, going to leave it up to Allah n wait for them to contact me. i need a big break from all this stress you get by calling them n reading all the comments people make having problems with these guys. guess what im going on a holiday for two weeks!! when i get back I will contact you n i hope you have good news and Eid Mubarak to all x

    • Mariam

      oh ok eid mubarak to u too
      me n ma husband too have stopped chekin ma status…its ov no use to read dis bullshit again n again
      dun forget to pray fr me aswell
      regardz

  • Ali (old poster ref#154)

    Maham Apa aap sadqa dain pleaseeeeeeeeeeee. Take 1.5 kg meat daily for three days . Touch the 1.5 kg meat pack with your right hand and throw it over the roof, very next day take another 1.5 kg meat touch it with right hand and throw it into any-lake flowing nearby.., on 3rd day again take 1.5 kg meat touch it with right hand and give it to poor human being, telling him that its meat of Sadqa.

    And after performing ablution, recite 33 times darud sharif syed na qareemun salallaho alaihewasalam

    then recite or say ” Ya rasool Allah Unzur Haaalaanaaaaaa Ya habeeb Allah Ismaa Qaalaaana” as much as u can recite or say. Inshallah Maham Apa apka visa jaldi a jaye ga tamam Rukawatain khatam ho jaen gn. Please do it as early as possible, I wish to hear from you that u have granted Uk Visa.

    Aur jin jin ka passport nahe a raha wo bhe Isi tarha karain .

    • sonia

      Ali bhai

      would u plz tell me on which number did u call

      n what exactly did u say on phone..

      thnx

      n best of luck

      may Allah help us all…ameen

      • Ali (old poster ref#154)

        Aslamoalikum Sonia

        Jee i contacted Visa section Abu-Dhabi at ph num 009726101539 , I said Good morning Sir can u please tell me the status of my application ? he replied ok whats your passport number, then asked my name and afterwards he told me that decision has been made…..
        aap bhe sadqa dain jald se jald

        • sonia

          thnx bhai
          really appreciate tht
          i do giv sadka
          in other ways

          thnx a lot for ur concern 🙂
          really appreciate tht

          inshAllah ull hear good news from gerry’s soon…

          best of luck n keep praying

          Allah plzzz bless us..help us..ameen

    • saniya

      Hi Ali bhai
      i just need to know that if it is possible that i can give sadqa altogather in one day.I cant go out to get meat every day and search for the lake can i through the meat in a canal.one more thing is this necessary that meat suppose to be 1.5 kg for each one.please i really request to every one prey for me and i will prey for u all.

      • Ali (old poster ref#154)

        Saniya baji

        Aslamoalikum. Yes it is possible to give all three sadqas in one day. If u cant find any lake you can ask your brother to go and throw it any lake he finds, anyhow if the cannal is clean you can throw in it. Saniya baji apki age 22 ho ge i think agar itni hai to aap 1 kg meat lay lain , total 3 packets of 1 kg each. agar apki age 22 se ziada hai mean 24-25 then apko 1.5 kg he laina ho ga. aap mama se calculate karwa lain 2 chaataank for 1 year of age. ( actually i dont know whats chatank and how to convert it into kg, buzurg hain unho ne btaya tha). Please recite that darud sharif and say as many times u can not less than 33 i.e YA RASOOL ALLAH UNZUR HAALAANA YA HABEEB ALAAH ISMA QALAANA

      • Ali (old poster ref#154)

        Saniya baji i forgot to write , I shall pray for you and have prayed for the issuance of uk visa to you Baji. meray lye bhe thori dua dua kar dain k zara status jaldi change ho jaye ab . Thanks very much.

  • latentry

    Hi all can some one help me please.

    I applied for Post study work visa in March from Pakistan and it was declined cause the fixed saving account document attached was not found sufficient by UK visa authorities. Later i took a letter from my bank (my mistake i should have attached the bank letter with my application before)and applied for a appeal in May. Now its more than 4 months but i havent heard anything from UK Visa authorities. Can anyone tell me please how long would they take to reply to my appeal application.
    Thanks

  • Ali (old poster ref#154)

    HI Maham Baji..

    Maham baji i wasnt asked for re-bio.. I called today Visa section-Abu dhabi they have told me that
    “Decision has been made on your applictaion, you will be contacted by gerry’s Pakistan soon”.

    Sorry for being late , i didnt read blog since 13th but today i read it

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      Dear Junaid…

      Junaid have u receieved any further information regarding status change ??? you wrote on 13th that decision has been made on your behalf.. I wish u would have receieved your package today ? because someone told me it take 2 days to deliver the application from Abu-Dhabi to Gerry’s Intl Pakistan.

      Waiting for good news from you and you should wait for good news from me … hehhehhehe

      Take care

  • aun naqvi

    brother i have resubmit my pasport after allowed appeal settlment at 9th of june 2009 for student visa,i think da best thing v can do 4 eac other is that v can pray 4 each other.

    • gillani

      hello aun,
      i also submitted my passport after allowed appeal for student visa on 2nd june.have you get any good news now.im still waiting and praying for the visa.hope we both get it soon.

  • Waqar

    Salam to all
    i have resubmit my pasport after allowed appeal settlment at 6th july and have so contated to visa section so many time and my wife done through MP same reply we get that case is with case work section and seen on turn. Today got another reply. This is to inform you that your visa application is under process with ongoing checks. Due to a large number of on going appeals we have heavy workload of cases. Therefore I am sorry to say that at present I can not give you precise time frame in this respect. anybody here who have resubmit passport after settlement allowed appeal?
    They take so long time to process and it is really unfair if we call to Gerrys they say time frame is INDEFINATE in allowed appeal cases.

    • Mariam

      hey hello man
      may i plz know da reason ur application gt rejected???
      coz i too have applied for settlement visa n jst getting curious to knw abt urs….
      shall b thankful

      • Waqar

        Hi Mariam
        My case refused last year september on the reason that we can’t afford to live without the support of public funds as my wife work part time.When my barrister made my case he already mention everything how we can live without government help as i have job offer from my cousin and he have given his business document and written assurance but they totally ignor that and not bother to even contact him.But after that i appeal and win the case.My case was different from you i think you have fresh case inshallah you will get visa.May Allahtala help us all.Ameen

      • Waqar

        Hi Mariam
        Phone no which you have given that is not high commision no it is actually Gerrys no if you call from out side of pakistan then you call on that.And obviously they can’t tell you about your case anything you can contact through email only.Anyway i have tried my best my wife have contacted through local MP they give same answer to him have huge backlog wait.My barrister is going to send them reminder as well see what happen.i was reading your post it been two month u submitt ur passport so wait bit more as they can take up to 3 months but in these days they are taking more time.Settlement case goes to London UKBA home office Croydon they make descision there and give instruction to high commision.Inshallah outcome will good for you.
        Regards

        • Mariam

          ya i knw….it has a code 92…. so is frm pakistan….ma husband cntactd on sum oder number bt hez nt havin it…he lost it
          im sorry
          hey man i submitted ma application on 10 june so its more dan 3 months nw
          chalo dats good dat ur barrister is gng to send dem a reminder…hope for da best n plz do keep me updated abt ur application
          regardz

  • Asif

    I submitted my aplication (in Lahore) for 5 year business visa on 2nd June & still waiting! Anybody else been waiting this long??

    had many emails with BHC Islamabad & Abu Dhabi, but the same replies. One email did state that application sent back to Islamabad on 21st June, but I haven’t got anything back. Making me crazy!!

    Anybody got any advice?? Just wish that cud be told how much longer, instead of always “shortly”….

  • junaid

    Thank you for your comments mates…..!!! well i hope it gets done in time…when i went for my visa submission thy told me and they had written on a white board tht student visa will be processed in 25 working days moreover students visas hav been prioritized so i hope it solves the problm and may every1 gets visa b4 thr start day of classes… lets hope for the best…!!!!

  • jawaD

    slam hi
    all
    my frnd got student visa5dys back he is leaving 4 uk on monday jst after 20/22hour.he applied on july,10th same dy i was also appointed at gerry bt i got my visa letter on dat very date so late he do n got visa aftr 62days.1 thng is 4 sure students under TIER 4 do not expect ur visa b4 60days it confrmed 60days time period.u can chech all of ur mates wo finally got visas its game of 60days.some excptional case may get b4 dis.
    mR junaiD I got same mail from abudhabi on 12august it almost more dan 1month i applied on july,23rd abudhabi dispatch documents in 15days dan islamabad giv long kiss 2 our documents like their amour
    KEEP PYAYING 4 ALL
    BEST OF LCK

  • salim

    hi Mariam, 16,000 that’s insane! guess i shouldn’t bother ringing em knowing the back log is so much. yep i am a British pp holder. any latest news??

    • Mariam

      oh hello
      nah net yet…im jst waiting for it…still i dun knw or kitna tym chaye inhen
      well i da num my husband contacted ws 00 92 51 209 8999
      Visqry2.Islamabad@fco.gov.uk
      dis is a mail id jinhon ne mjy ye num dia ta….
      n ya i knw its more dan a hell nw
      u knw wat i fink 3 or 4 days back there was a news in the newspaper about 16000 applications…..
      remember my visa in ur prayers aswell
      regardz

  • Ali (old poster ref#154)

    HI Junaid…. congratulations for news

    I hope within a week your status will change, please check your status 3 times a day or more if u can, whenever the status changes to your app is ready for collection , go to ukvacpk as Maham Baji guided many times and say them i got a call from your staff… they will return u the package. but why it has been processed so early is a remarkable question….. anyhow i wish you must have been granted uk Visa in accordance with your wishes…. Take care

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      HI Maham Baji..

      Maham baji i wasnt asked for re-bio.. I called today Visa section-Abu dhabi they have told me that
      “Decision has been made on your applictaion, you will be contacted by gerry’s Pakistan soon”.

      Sorry for being late , i didnt read blog since 13th but today i read it

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      Aslamoalikum Aapa Maham

      Apa apko pata chala kuch apk visa k mutaliq ?? Allah karain apka jaldi se jaldi a jaye ameen.

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      Maham Apa aap sadqa dain pleaseeeeeeeeeeee. Take 1.5 kg meat daily for three days . Touch the 1.5 kg meat pack with your right hand and throw it over the roof, very next day take another 1.5 kg meat touch it with right hand and throw it into any-lake flowing nearby.., on 3rd day again take 1.5 kg meat touch it with right hand and give it to poor human being, telling him that its meat of Sadqa.

      And after performing ablution, recite 33 times darud sharif syed na qareemun salallaho alaihewasalam

      then recite or say ” Ya rasool Allah Unzur Haaalaanaaaaaa Ya habeeb Allah Ismaa Qaalaaana” as much as u can recite or say. Inshallah Maham Apa apka visa jaldi a jaye ga tamam Rukawatain khatam ho jaen gn. Please do it as early as possible, I wish to hear from you that u have granted Uk Visa.

      Aur jin jin ka passport nahe a raha wo bhe Isi tarha karain .

    • sonia

      thnx a lot gurl!
      for giving abu dhabi no. n info…
      really appreciate tht
      n best of luck
      inshAllah ull hear a good news soon
      keep on praying

      i always remember u in my prayers maham
      may Allah bless u
      n bless all of us

      ameen…

    • Ali (Bio-issue)

      no news from gerry’s side…im still waiting for the status to change i’ve emailed abu dhabi to send the app to gerry’s quickly as possible so tht my re-bio can be taken….the problem is tht my university has given me a maximum extension of 9th October….if i arrive in the uk after 9th my course would be deffered until NEXT YEAR!!!…i also went to gerry’s they said my pp is still in islamabad and i have to wait until my status changes/they call me….this is all crap!!…they are delaying my re-bio case even more than normal decision, atleast they should have sent it earlier…my classes start next week!! gerrys manager said time frame depends from 15 working days to 30 working days!!

  • junaid

    @ALi: Don’t worry bro inshAllah u will get a stampd pp soon.

    Hey i gotta a question here, i applied for the student visa on aug 17, 2009 and today i called Abu Dhabi to enquire abt my passport status and the operator said, decision has been made on ur application and you shd hear from gerry’s very soon. your case is in isb now…..

    Now if its in Isb, for how many more days do i wait????

    any idea any1???

    • Ali (old poster ref#154)

      I called today Visa section-Abu dhabi they have told me that
      “Decision has been made on your applictaion, you will be contacted by gerry’s Pakistan soon”.

      Sorry for being late , i didnt read blog since 13th but today i read it
      Someone told me it took 2 day after the Visa Section Abu dhabi confirms the decision

  • Ali (old poster ref#154)

    Hi All,

    Its a 77th day since i have been applied under Tier 4 General Student on 29th June 2009. In calendar it can be read as 2 months and 17 days. I dont know how much time they will take to process my application. The lady operator was very halpful and she has been replaced by man too.

    And someone told me dont call them again and again they will start suspecting about you…

    Please pray for me

    Thanks very much

  • WAL33D

    ITS WALEED
    YAR STUDENTS PLZ TELL BANK ACCOUNT KITNI BAR CHECK KURTE HAIN HIGH COMMISSON WALAY OR VISA APPLICATION DATE KE KITNE TIME BAAD?

  • WAL33D

    HI ITS WALEED!

    CAN ANYBODY TELL YAR A LEVELS WALON KO KIA IELTS DENA HOTA HAI.MERA INSTITUITION TU NAI MANGTA IELTS. DOES IT HAVE ANY IMPLICATIONS ON THE VISA? AND UNDER-18 WALON KO KI FORM-B DENA HOTA HAI.

    PLZ TELL PLZ TELL

    • aadil

      i dont think so that A LEVEL walo ko ielts ki zaroorat hai…..aur waise bhi ab to visa k liye ielts compulsory nai hai……A levels k liye to bil kul b nai….han i m under eighteen ..i applied on 30th july…i submitted MY B form original and translated both….bank statement to 1 baar hi check karte hain but ye ab BHC per depend karta hai k kab check karien…

      • wal33d

        thanks aadil,

        yar can you tell me translated b-form me kya kya likhna hota hai. did u also wrote contact details nad qualifications of your translater and did u got it attest?
        YAR GERRYS KITNE DIN BAAD KA APPOINTMENT DETE HAIN PLZ TELL?

        • aadil

          u can translate ur B form from composer/typists they have the format on their computer…..and u can attest it from notary public…if u r in karachi then translate it frm burns road and attest it frm opposite of passport office… i took appointment 8 days before….

        • wal33d

          HELLO AADIL U APPLIED AS UNDER-18 SO U MUST HAVE WRITTEN A CONSENT LETTER FROM YOUR PARENTS. DID U WROTE IN MICROSOFT WORD AND AND ON NORMAL PAPER OR WAS THAT ON THOSE 20RUPEES OR 50 RUPEES PAPERS ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT!!! AND DID U ASK THEM FOR 30TH JULY APPOINTMENT OR DID THEY GAVE IT THEMSELVES?

        • aadil

          i asked them to give them 30 july appointment …..yes i submitted consent letter ….it was on a normal white paper …i typed it my self on MS word

  • salim

    hi Mariam,
    were both on the same boat!! my wife applied at Mirpur on 10/07/09. you said that your husband phoned them in uk, would it be possible if you would kindly give me they number? i have some questions that maybe other people could benefit from too, thanks

  • Rani

    Yes i will have to be patient Sarmad

    @Sonia Ameen – do dua to Allah main just before you break your fast and inshallah it will come true.

    • sonia

      thnx rani…for telling me this 🙂
      i really appreciate tht

      i came to kno k
      recite surah bakra once daily for three days in a row…

      apki dua zarur kabool hogi…inshAllah ill b doing this

      have faith in Allah n best of luck

      may Allah pour blessings of this holy month on all of us …ameen

  • Rani

    Sarmand you asking me if so 13/08/09 i know i have only just submitted it therfore could have a long wait yet but i can’t help myself im constantly checking it the reason being when submitted they said we will get back to you in 25days.

  • Rani

    Sonia i feel the same whens my status gonna change:( i hate seeing the same message everyday i check it 3-4times a day.

    • sonia

      i do the same chk 4 or 5 times a day

      i submitted on 24th july for dependant visa

      best of luck

      may Allah pour the blessings of this holy month on all of us ..ameen

      • sonia

        hi maham,

        i applied for Tier 1 Post Study Work Dependant visa…

        if m not wrong ur tht mahi 123 from the other website right??? 🙂 srry if m wrong

        seriously bataon tou balance etc neye pata mijhe bilkul bhi becoz even my application form was filled by my husband i only had to sign n submitt…

        documents which i submitted were

        1. 6 months bank statements (my husband’s)
        2. employment letter
        3. copy of company id card
        4. my husbands national insurance number
        (copy of tht)
        5. nikah nama with english translation
        6. shaadi cards and photographs
        7. tenancy agreement
        8. my husband’s passports attested copy
        9. letter from landlord

        besides tht my previous and current passports
        photographs
        letter of support from my husband

        i hope i hvnt missed anything…

        dekho aggar apka visa neye lagna hotaa tou they would have returned ur passport unstamped

        but because they have asked you to re bio

        inshAllah ull get ur visa

        inshAllah

        besides tht m not much sure about how much balance etc… srry for tht..lekin itnaa pata he k jo amount website pe diya hua tha uss se zydah hi tha…websites k links gerry’s ki website pe diye hue hen just chk them out

        don worry …stay calm evrythng will b fine…i read ur other msg me n my husband were together for only 15 days 🙁 n then he left

        got married 3 months ago…apka case b same he

        may Allah pour blessings of this holy month on all of us ameen.

      • sonia

        hi!!!

        awww ill b going to london aswell inshAllah…bohtt jaldi same flight :)…i wish

        don worry…mashAllah hes double masters…living there for almost 5 years now.

        yup tried to fulfill each n every requirement of my visa

        but why did u apply so late maham??? my 2 frnds got married back in december they both went to uk on dependant visa n both got visas in less then 20 days/….yeh abi inn k kuch issues start hue hen

        maham m prayin for sum kind of miracle to happen this week…Allah karray otherwise tou phr eid k baad hi kuch hogaaa

        maham seriously i pray for u every time when i pray for myself ..i can understand what ur going thru ..i can say tht

        may Allah help us and pour blessings on us…ameen

        best of luck!!!

      • sonia

        sorry made a mistake earlier

        he is living there for almost 4 years

        once again best of luck

        maham keep praying n don b upset inshAllah ull get ur visa soon.

      • sonia

        Maham don get so upset

        inshAllah ull hear from gerry’s soon…just stay calm…don loose hope

        i don think tht they will treat ur app as new….just stay calm n try to think positive

        thts what m trying to do

        but seriously its hard 🙁

        may Allah help us

        n pour blessings on us …ameen

      • sonia

        hey maham u called abu dhabi to ask ur app status hain??

        can u plzz tell me the number…and what exactly did u say on phone…

        but ive heard even my husband says k don try to track ur app status frequesntly n don call gerry’s again n agaiin as these guys get more suspicious towards ur app

        don kno whether its true or not

        but plzz do let me kno k what exactly did u ask them on phone..n should i call??? is it helpful?? or should i leave

        n just pray

        may ALlah pour his blessings on us …ameen

      • sonia

        thnx a lot gurl!
        really appreciate tht
        n best of luck
        inshAllah ull hear a good news soon
        keep on praying

        i always remember u in my prayers maham
        may Allah bless u
        n bless all of us

        ameen…

  • sonia

    best of luck sara…

    i think ur tht sara whose husband has applied for a visit visa n ur expecting ur first baby…m i right???

    m sorry if m wrong, anyways best of luck!!

    n keep us updated please

    i was noticing tht usually ppl get a call or their status changes on thursdays n fridays…hmmmm

    i wonder when would my status change.:(

  • junaid

    best of luck sara, may u get a stampd PP.
    b/w when did u apply for the visa? and did u apply for student visa?

  • sara

    If the gerrys website says application ready for collection does dat mean its ready to be collected from isl BHC or jst dat it has been sent bck to isl?n can sum1 plz answer my question?

    • fiza

      THAT MEANS K YOU SHOULD GO N COLLECT YOU PASSPORT…OR ATLEAST CALL GERRY’S FIRST TO CONFIRM WETHER UR PASSSPORT IS READY FOR COLLECTION OR EITHER WAIT FOR GERRY’S TO CALL U…BUT U CAN GO ANYTIME CZ UR APPLICATION IS BEING PROCESSED THT WHAT IT MEANS

      N BEST OF LUCK

      INSHALLAH ULL GET UR VISA STAMPED N PRAY FOR US ALL..

      BEST OF LUCKJ!! TC

      • Adil

        go n get ur visa from gerrys, dunt wait for their call, they didnt call me, i chkd my status online n i went, they asked me whethr i hv received a call, i told them yes.
        just go n get it.

        Adil

  • junaid

    salam evry1
    well most of u are waiting 4 ur visa and so am i.
    tell u the worst part of it i applied on aug 17, 2009 and ppl here r still waiting who hav applied since june. gosh i was being optimistic tht visa would get processed in 25 working days. anyways guys wish u all gud luck. but still i am hopeful, as my classes will start on oct 5, 09.
    yar by the way does any1 knw tht how many working days shd b couned in a weak? if its abu dhabi they work 5 days a weak, and taking gerry’s into account, they work for 6 days!!!

    anyhow student visas hav now been prioritized so atleast a gud sign.

    n i still am optimistic abt al ths visa stuff!!!

    • waseem

      junaid sahib did you contact Abu Dhabi or mail to Islamabad? normaly Tier4 applicants receive their passport before one month or less from their start date of the session, i think you will receive your passport soon…

      • junaid

        waseem sahab its good to hear from you that visa gets done in one months tym.. well gud luck to u and others bros and sis

  • Adil

    Dear Ali, my classes are starting from 22nd june 09. orientation starts from 16th june. i hope u all get ur visa stampd passports soon inshallah.
    n thnkx aadil for ur wishes.

    Regards
    Adil

  • Raza

    Slam Guys

    i can feel ur pain, i do understand wht u all r going through. there is nothing we can do about it. we are facing these problems bcoz our Govt dont bother at all, they can solve that matter.
    rather then sitting around plz do some thing . complain about the Uk embassy to Home office. every one of u must complain.bcoz they dont know whats going on here. complain about Gery’s as well.
    Allah will help us

  • irshad

    SALAAM TO ALL HERE I HOPE WE ALL GET PP VISA STAMPED SOON INSHAALLAH. I HV APPLIED SETTLEMENT VISA FOR ON 08/06/09 BUT STILL NO ANSWER YET,ITS REALLY HEART BREAKING MAKING US WAIT LIKE WE ARE SOME SORT OF CRIMINALS.PLZ DO LET ME KNOW IF ANYONE THERE IS IN A SAME CATEGORY AS AND WAITING FOR OUTCOME.

  • Waqas

    The British High Commission announced today that “due to ongoing IT difficulties experienced within the British High Commission, visa processing timeframes are likely to be adversely affected. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.
    We are prioritising all student applications and we are working hard to process them in time. If you think that you might miss your start date for your course, we recommend that you contact your education provider to ask for a new visa letter with a later start date.

    So all ov those bros n sis applying for post study or HSMP or visit visas have to wait more ……

  • Network_Engineer

    With Regret:

    “The Indian knew how to live without wants, to suffer without complaint, and to die singing”

    Please leave your feedback at the website on post 270, it may help them improving their services for current and future applicants.

    Regards,

    • jawaD

      hi addil
      yar i’m still waiting 4 my pp back with INSHALLA visa stamp not use dis bog 2much bt i hope 2 get pp visa soon inshalla dis late must b a good news.as day said 60days 100% decision ‘ll decide
      n addil plz count d days of all mates who finally got thre visa its around 60days
      n adil if u continue readind dis blog it’ll b more apprenction 4u.plz try 2 busy ur self in else

  • Network__Engineer

    Hi All
    Please visit the following website if you wish you inform UK Border Agency about your experience from their Visa Application Centres.
    http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/features/survey
    then select Customers Services Survey
    I am not against to raise up your problems related to visa application on this forum/blog, but I would recommend to raise your voice to the people who are at deciding place & need improvements.

    Raise your hands, who gone through the survey today ????????

    Best Regards,
    Network Engineer

      • Ali (old poster ref#154)

        Hi ” Ali ” why do u love that man ?? doesnt it matter to use the same title which i was using ??? how negative impact it leaves on my mind when i read : Ali says Thanks love u man “

  • saba

    hey ppl
    i have recived my stamped passport
    which i has submitted on 30th june
    thankssssssss God

    allah kara ap sab ko bhi jaldi se mil jaia

  • Ali

    (I am poster of #154 because some other Ali has appeared here….)

    hehhehhehhehhe
    Anyhow , some high authorities told me that ” Dont call again and again regularly to Visa-section ABu-dhabi because they will intentionaly delay your application process as the officers are sitting beside the operators there”. Anyone who regularly calls , mean calling them regularly after 2-3 days ??? and is being delayed ???? Is it true or rumor ???

    @ Khan: Khan Sahib please tell me do u often call the visa section abu dhabi or wait for their email response ??? actually i applied on 29th june an du on 30th june , case is very similar thats why i am asking u …

    Many thanks

  • salim

    hello Abid Khan.
    i applied for my wife on a settlement visa, submitted my documents on the 10th of July 09. i call Abu Dubai and i get told that there aint any record and when i call Islamabad they tell me its under process and ive got to wait. do you know if settlement cases get sent Dubai as well as student and visit visas. thanks.

    • Abid Khan

      Dear Ali

      Well bro frankly i dont have any clue about sattlement visas but i guess in your case it got to be BHC Islamabad not Abudhabi.
      My situation is diff. as i’d applied for HSMP Tier-1 in feb 2009. I was refused for a vague & stupid reason,and in May i won my appeal. Back in June i’ve submitted my PP and since then i am waiting.
      Wish u all the best and have faith in Allah.
      tc

  • Ali

    —-> This is what i received today upon email query from Abu-Dhabi after 2 weeks

    Thank you for your email. I apologise for the delay in processing your application, this is due to a biometric error with your application. We will contact you again shortly with an update. If you do not hear from us within 7 working days please contact us for an update.

    Also today Islamabad replied me——>

    Thank you for your e-mail enquiry which has been forwarded to the concerned officer to look into the matter. There was a technical problem in capturing the finger scanning due to which the application process has been delayed. I have asked the concerened officer to locate the application and inform the applicant about a date for re-capturing finger scanning. Please wait patiently to be contacted through Gerry’s in due course. I apologise for the inconvenience casued due to this delay.

    @Network_Engineer

    should i wait for gerrys to contact me?
    should i lodge a complain too?

    @All

    this bio issue was faced back in May as well

    anyone else facing this issue?
    any idea how much further delay would be caused?

    Btw i applied on 17th July from Khi VAC
    my classes start on 21st sep

    • sonia

      hi maham,

      sorry maham ..i don frequently use the internet as i don hv my personal one…i just get chance once in a while…

      no worries we can discuss things here…

      i was just hoping that eid se pehle visa aa jye but i don feel k tht would happen 🙁 as now bhc is giving more priority to the student visas …

      i applied on 24th july from khi vac for dependant visa under the same category as yours

      mai tou application submit krte hue hi samjh gyi thi k yeh stupid log blunders marain ge cz the guy taking my application ddnt kno anything…mijhe baar baar batana prr ri thi usse hrr cheez

      jaahil log ko bithaya hua he

      call kro gerry’s they talk like jaisay unn se karzaa liya wa he…ehsaan krr re hen hum pe baat krr k…

      i feel so angry

      bss Allah madad karray

      but i know yeh abi kuch problems ho re hen cz most of my friends applied for student visaas n sum applied for dependant visas n usually it took only 15 to 20 days n they all got there passports stamped ..yeh abi kuch inn k problems start hue hen

      hope for the best maham

      inshAllah ull get ur visaa

      keep praying

      its really hard seriously

      i daily track my passport n daily i cry

      no one would understnd the position in which i can say me and u r

      to live kind ov incomplete life like this….

      may Allah pour this month’s blessings on all of us…ameen

  • Ali

    HI All

    9th sept 2009

    I dont know when my status will change waiting for good news since 29th june 2009, here the university has opened and i am not willing to go to university. I am mentally confused after reading the Posts by the Posters especially the technical case of Maham Baji.
    Anyhow I pray may we all get Uk Visa soon. I dont know why my application has been sent to England for Random Checking and dont know when their all checks will be completed.

    May this Eid by the Grace of Almighty Allah brings true happiness for all of us. Ameen

    Best Regards

    …..Ali…..

  • Network_Engineer

    Hi All!
    I would advise you to visit the following website and leave your feedback about your visa application process in Pakistan. It’s a customer services survey on the official website which claims
    Our agreed standards are:
    * To complete 90% of straightforward*, non-settlement applications in not more than a week**, 98% in not more than 2 weeks, and 100% in not more 12 weeks.
    * To complete 90% of non-straightforward***, non-settlement applications in not more than 3 weeks, 98% in not more than 6 weeks and 100% in not more than 12 weeks.
    * To complete 95% of applications for settlement visas in not more than 12 weeks and 100% in not more 24 weeks.
    Above information has been provided on http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/aboutus/customerservicestandards/

  • KHAN

    Below is the reply i got when i emailed for my pp
    Dear Madam,

    This application has been processed in Abu Dhabi, and is now awaiting for the outcome to be printed on the passport in Islamabad. You should hear from the Visa Application Centre shortly to collect your passport and other documents.

      • sonia

        salam maham,

        ive been reading this blog for a long time now….read ur story…i can feel wat u hav gone thru i really pray everyday k hum dono ka visaa lgg jye…

        as i have also applied for dependant visa under the same category as urs…submitted my application on 24th july 09, still waiting…

        m pretty scared after hearing all this biometric stuff happened to u….seriously iv burnt my hand n wont b able to re bio if they ask….Allah na karre aisaa kuch ho..

        its really hard to live like this…may Allah pour blessings of this holy month on all of us and…seriously eid assli eid ho jyegi…

    • Abid Khan

      Dear Haider

      Gerry’s team say that for call letters there is indefinite time to for PP collection.
      Now in my case ( HSMP Tier-1 visa type) its more than 11 weeks i.e. 2 & half months.
      Pla share me ur exp in dealing with ur problem. Or u can call me on
      03075448886
      Thanks

      tc

  • Haider

    Salam: Salim brother yes I called Abu Dhabi many time they just said we don’t have your record in the system. Brother I am still waiting from 3months and 16 days but still I didn’t get any thing until now. So brother u has to wait because u just submitted your passport on the 10 of July. Just relax bro don’t rush. I hope you get soon your passport back but normal you have to wait 3 to 4 months because our case is settlement not student case because student cases no have long process there they get there visas in one month or in 7 weeks.

    • Mariam

      listen plz….
      if dey say dat they donot have any record of urs…plz chek it out k gerrys walon ne ap k documents age beje to haina????coz ajkal yahan ye b bht hora hai k documents bejte he nai hain n dey make u wait for a long time…so plz chek it out!

    • casper

      only non settlement applications are going abu dhabi, settlement apllications go to london, thats y abu dhabi guys dont have any record of u.

      • salim

        thanks for the info, do you by any chance have the number for the London embassy where the settlement cases get sent, Ive also been ringing Abu Dubai and they keep telling me there’s no record of my application.

      • Abid Khan

        Dear Salim
        could you plz tell me what type of visa did you apply for? i mean mine is HSMP Tier-1.
        I’ve applied with call letter ( successful appeal ) on 30th june,2009 and since then i am waiting. i was told by ECT form Abudhabi that my case is being processed in BHC Islamabad not Abudhabi and he is right.
        BHC Islamabad mailed me only three times during this time and only say that my case is being processed and that i should wait to be contacted.
        Can u plz tell me that what is your situation?????????
        regards

  • Haider

    Salam Salim brother you and me in the same boat we both waiting for our settlement visa. I submitted my passport on 21 of May 2009. I think u submitted in the same month as will but we both wait. I don’t know why these people no cars about us it’s a very hardest time for we both brother but just pray brother and ask from ALLAH to help us .Without ALLAH no one can help us brother. When we ask they just say it’s still in process I don’t know what kind process is this its big piece of shit process brother. If you waited more then 4 month’s brother so then diffidently u will know some thing in this month’s. Just relax on pray brother I know it’s very hard to wait but we don’t have any choice we have to wait brother until they give back our passport don’t rush no one can help us but just ALLAH will brother.