I think the hardest part of document gathering again would be employment reference letters.
If we had to compile our application again, here's what we'd have to do:
1) Order a copy of IELTS results, probably around £20 and a 1 to 2 week wait for it to arrive
2) Get fresh estate agent quotes and mortgage letter for our house valuation, shouldn't take more than a week
3) Order fresh transcripts from the Universities (Bachelors for me and my wife, and Doctorate for my wife) - probably another £40 or so and a 1 week delay
4) No need to get PCC this time since London changed the checklist that it is not required at initial application stage
5) Get our companies to re-print their reference letters, this would probably be the hardest bit to do! A bit of a pain for past employers, was hard enough getting them to provide the first one! But should be obtainable within a week or two
6) Photocopy everything again, get it all notarized again probably £150 to £200
7) Re-print the saved forms we have. Have to hand-fill in the "Your Travels" non-computer fillable form
Obtain a new banker's draft (around 1 week and £20 fee, plus the cost of the draft)
So I reckon we could get our application together again with a couple of weeks work and £300 to £400. The longest delay originally was waiting for the IELTS tests and results.
I think this is why most checklists ask only for originals where specified and the rest as notarized photocopies, since CIC only want the responsibility of the bare minimum of original documents.
We have hard copies of EVERYTHING original we sent, including the signed application forms. The only thing we didn't take copies of was the University transcripts since we could not open the sealed envelopes to copy them!
Anyway my deepest sympathies to those who now have to re-compile their application again, hopefully it will be easier second time round.
Atleast from what I read on IELTS instructions, replacements would NOT be given to us, it will be only directly sent to the receiving entity. So that rules out resubmitting the application. Stupidity of massive proportions.
Am I missing something here?
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