Although the waits at the visa offices are frustrating, how will things speed up by querying and raising petitions?
My apologies for repeating what I've probably said a dozen times before
But every minute spent replying to a request for a status update is a minute not spent processing an actual application.
London VO are particularly slow - we have friends (who use this forum) who applied 1 week after us and got their visas 7 months after us, same visa office, and at the other end of the scale I know of some London applicants who got their visas from application to stamping in 4 months - so I must sympathise with the large level of discrepancy.
But please be honest how much difference will badgering them with reminders and petitions make? No positive difference, probably a negative difference because if they didn't have to reply to such reminders they'd have more time to spend on the actual applications.
Best of luck to everyone, but I think patience will probably yield better results than persistence when it comes to visa office processing
Thanks for the contribution Wayne but we all know that the VO rules states you should not contact them within 9 and 12 months of them receiving your application. I have not been writing them until this timeline expired.
You are permitted to do so after 12 months. I am only exercising my rights within the rules.
What good will it do? By contacting the VO, I was able to discover that a VO categorised my application under Landscape Architect and not Architect and failed to consider my wife's Masters degree. This has caused delays. The visa office has passed on my application to another case worker and processing has commenced.
I'm not asking for the VO to be badgered but as long as the communication is within the rules expressed on their website, I believe it is okay.
As long as the instructions are followed, contacting the VO is okay.