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Our daughter is in the process of immigrating to the UK and has paid a small fortune for the visa applications for 14 year and her spouse. She already has a British passport so no issue there.
All was going well until today when they got an email from UK passport control notifying them that instead of a 6 - 8 week delay, the delay is now 24 weeks or nearly 6 months due to the Ukrainian situation. They have already sold their home and are presently renting. Daughter also stopped teaching end of last term.
This would mean the 14 year may not be able to start school until the mid UK school year however it also means that his school year in South Africa will be completed leaving him with one year to complete schooling. If he comes to UK to start this Sept he would have 2 years.
They are going to try an get an emergency Visa and just for him and daughter to come to the UK initially.
 

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That seems unfair.
While I sympathise with Ukranians fleeing the Russian invasion, surely your daughter and her family had submitted their visa applications before the war in Eastern Europe began?
Suddenly they're at the back of the queue.
 
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Sorry to hear of the problems affecting your daughter. I read a few days back of such a situation where married couples where being similarly affected where one was already in UK, and the spouse had applied in 2021 and still no sign of the paperwork. Like your family homes had been sold and jobs finished It’s not even as if we are processing Ukrainian refugees very efficiently either.

The problems were endemic well before the Ukraine war. The Home Office is not fit for purpose and statments re privatisation ring hollow when considerable parts of the issuing, printing and delivery of passports are already privatised. Hopefully for your family there’s a way through this morass.

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Thanks Clive for very useful links. Although I do sympathise with the Ukrainians surely Britain should not be putting foreigners before British nationals?
Sadly the huge delay is going to cost the family a huge amount of money as they now only have one income and school fees are very high. Then rental and utilities plus cost of cars etc, etc.
The big concern here is that it will eat into their savings as the daughters spouse needs to show that he has access to a large amount of funds to be able to get his visa for immigration. I think it is about £16000. As they were expecting to be in the UK by mid June he had some job offers, but now cannot progress them.
A very worrying time for them and us!
 
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Thanks Clive for very useful links. Although I do sympathise with the Ukrainians surely Britain should not be putting foreigners before British nationals?
Sadly the huge delay is going to cost the family a huge amount of money as they now only have one income and school fees are very high. Then rental and utilities plus cost of cars etc, etc.
The big concern here is that it will eat into their savings as the daughters spouse needs to show that he has access to a large amount of funds to be able to get his visa for immigration. I think it is about £16000. As they were expecting to be in the UK by mid June he had some job offers, but now cannot progress them.
A very worrying time for them and us!
I hadn’t appreciated the potential problem re funds. If it should materialise, which I hope it doesn’t, get in touch with your MP as they often have a route into Departments far more effective than you trying to speak to someone. It helped me some years back to bring our council to heel.

PS on reflection I’d contact my MP now
 
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I hadn’t appreciated the potential problem re funds. If it should materialise, which I hope it doesn’t, get in touch with your MP as they often have a route into Departments far more effective than you trying to speak to someone. It helped me some years back to bring our council to heel.

PS on reflection I’d contact my MP now
Excellent idea. I have asked daughter for further details. Recently as they could not get an appointment for X rays in Durban until mid June 2022 they did a round trip of nearly 800 miles from Durban to Pretoria staying overnight in Pretoria to have the X rays done almost immediately.
Up to date they have already spent a lot of money having the two visas' processed plus they may need to get the AHC redone for the dogs if delayed. Staying an extra 4 -5 months will put a severe dent in their savings. They are also skilled workers whose skills are in demand in the UK!
 
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Sorry to hear this news. There is no excuse and certainly I cannot understand what the Ukraine problem has to do with this. Makes you wonder who has got it right , those crossing the Channel illegally😵‍💫.
I agree your MP may be able to help. Also a lot of the National newspapers Problem Solvers take up cases like your daughters.
Eg Kate Morley problem Solver Daily Telegraph.
or Daily Express and Daily Mail. Their journalists have access to some very important people in HMG who don’t want embarrassing stories. Not a technically good route but when needs must could pull the right strings.
 
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Thanks for the input and words of consolation. Obviously this issue and delay has caused them and us a lot of stress especially the daughter as they are now in limbo. She is a big worrier so hopefully it will not impact her health.

In addition to OC's info about contacting our MP, DD excellent idea regarding newspapers so I guess for the first time in umpteen years I will need to go out and buy some newspapers. :)

Do the problem solvers appear every day or only on certain days? Perhaps they have website links.
 
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Thanks for the input and words of consolation. Obviously this issue and delay has caused them and us a lot of stress especially the daughter as they are now in limbo. She is a big worrier so hopefully it will not impact her health.

In addition to OC's info about contacting our MP, DD excellent idea regarding newspapers so I guess for the first time in umpteen years I will need to go out and buy some newspapers. :)

Do the problem solvers appear every day or only on certain days? Perhaps they have website links.
Local BBC/ITV news might be interested in covering such a difficult situation for you and your family.
 
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Listening to the news this morning and taking into account what was being said, I really think that someone should take note of the phrase " Charity starts at home"!
We do sympathise with the Ukrainians as I was in a similar position many years ago.

We managed to get a doctor's letter regarding our current situation and it has been submitted to UKVI and surprisingly they responded to the letter over the weekend stating that they will look into it. They then sent a second email to the daughter this morning confirming again that they are investigating it so maybe things will start moving.

We also contacted our MP outlining the situation and she has sent a letter to the relevant department.
 
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Let’s hope you get a result very soon.
Working from home or not shouldn’t be an excuse for the inordinate delays you guys have suffered. The phrase excuse “Because of Covid” is no longer relevant.
 
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