It’s that time again.. time to do a visa-run. No.. not for me, but for Miss Tim. It’s UK visa time.
Her last 2 year visa expired last month – so time to apply for a new one.
Now, we’ve never used an agent. I personally think they are a rip-off. I have a pal who used an agent to facilitate the visa for his gf – at the cost of around 40,000 – and he still didn’t get it. Maybe it’s because she was more than 30 years younger than him?
Anyway, I am unsure of what an agent does exactly? It’s not like they can ‘create’ information / documents for you – as surely you are the ones with the information in the first place? Surely, all they can do is collate information which you give them in the firstplace?
I can understand the first ever application can be a bit of a learning curve, but if you are to follow the instructions on the Visa Application form – then there is nothing you can’t do yourself.
I have heard horror stories of people having to provide bank statements and flight tickets as accompanying documentation needed for their application. I have NEVER included any of these – and never refused a visa.
The first application can take upto 2 weeks – as they need to conduct all their checks. This is fine. Visa applications after this can be ‘fast-tracked’ (for a fee) as they can waiver the checks as they’ve already done them.
This again, seems to me to be a bit of a rip off. I am paying extra money for them to do less work? Who am I to argue.
This time, we opted for the 5 year visa. I wrote a letter of invitation stating Miss Tims 2 year visa has just expired and we wanted to renew it. We go to the UK several times a year to see family and friends. None of our other circumstances have changed.
Filled out the application form – appended our house lease (showing both our names) and that was more or less it. No bank statements… no flight tickets… no DNA samples.
Submitted on Monday morning at a cost of just over 30,000. Tuesday afternoon we received a message saying a decision has been made and we can collect the passport within 48 hours.
On Wednesday we got another message telling us to come get the passport.
This morning we got yet another message – telling us we have not yet picked up the passport!
Miss Tim collected it at lunchtime – with shiny new 5 year visa stuck to it.