Announcement: Immigration Tracker (Beta) Now Live
We're pleased to announce the beta launch of the immigration application tracker. The tool can be used to track the various types of applications you undergo throughout your immigration process and can be edited/updated anytime by the member who created the record in the database.

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Pinned  SURPRISE! YOU'RE APPROVED! How I got my Visa in 24 Hrs.

Oct 01 2011 07:09 AM | NewsieMiami in UK Immigration Experiences

My husband and I began the marriage visa process under less than ideal circumstances. We had been married for a month. We had known each other for six years but never lived together...or even in the same country. Neither of us had a full-time job. Soun...

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Our Experience During the HSMP to Tier 1 Transition

Jan 20 2012 11:58 PM | anitta in UK Immigration Experiences

My husband and I decided to apply for HSMP visa back in 2008. As my husband was an IT specialist and had appropriate qualifications we decided that he was going to be the main applicant and I was going to be a dependant. One of our friends recommended...

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My Fiancée Visa Nightmare

Jan 07 2012 11:56 PM | MarianMarian in UK Immigration Experiences

My story with UK immigration started in April 2009 when my fiancé proposed me marriage back in Argentina. We were absolutely unaware of how invasive is the process and just living our love history , feeling that we couldn't handle the pain to...

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From Tier 1 PSW to Tier 2 General, you can do it too

Jan 06 2012 11:55 PM | usn05 in UK Immigration Experiences

I decided to come to the UK in 2003 to study Computer Sciences in Manchester. I was 18 at the time and I was happy that I would have the freedom and independence at such a young age; and worrying about visas and immigration was the last thing on my min...

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Fly In A Spider's Web - A Truly Tragic UK Immigration Experience

Jan 01 2012 11:57 PM | paul cobb in UK Immigration Experiences

That's how we felt when we were stopped in Dunkirk by UK Borders Agency. We werent expecting any trouble and as an expat it felt familiar to hear an english voice again, with me was my American fiancee and we had just been reunited in France after she...

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Where there is a will there is a way. Do your homework well.

Dec 16 2011 11:57 PM | marble01 in UK Immigration Experiences

My immigration story began… I must say in September 2007 when I’m came to England as a university student. As years went by, I was so used to living here and being a part of the life in the UK, I realized I did not want to go back after I...

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Making the Move from Malaysia to UK, our ILR journey

Dec 14 2011 11:56 PM | daemonchile in UK Immigration Experiences

I met my Malaysian wife in Kuala Lumpur in 2003. At the time we were enjoying the now and not even thinking about the future. As time went by, however, and we were still together, we took stock of our lives and decided that maybe it would be a good ide...

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Painfull Experience in Getting Refund of Tuition Fee Back from UK Private

Aug 28 2011 08:19 AM | Asia P Lawyers in UK Immigration Experiences

I am a business corporate lawyer and an immigration consultant in Pakistan. Recently, my client applied for his Tier 4 (general) student visa at British Embassy in Islamabad. His previous immigration consultant paid GBP 1500 and arranged a CAS letter f...

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ECOs – The West’s new KGB!

Aug 19 2011 11:59 PM | Michael Patterson in UK Immigration Experiences

This also includes UK based Case Officers as they all seem to possess the same characteristics!

After a period of widowhood, I met and married my present wife (a widow) who was living in the UK as a 'failed asylum seeker) although she did...

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No Recourse to Public Funds Nightmare

Jul 24 2011 09:39 PM | aturnbull in UK Immigration Experiences

I've just been through the appalling nightmare that is the British immigration system. It is a soul-destroying expensive business and as someone born and bred here I dont think I would have gone through this has I known what was coming.

I...

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Application that fell short of the five year continuous period – but got approved!

Jul 10 2011 08:54 AM | yanzee in UK Immigration Experiences

It has just been five weeks since our life in the UK changed from full uncertainties to worry free stress-free and full of good expectations, just because our application for Permanent Residency has been approved 20th of May 2011.

I started...

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Leap of hope

Jul 02 2011 07:24 AM | v11 in UK Immigration Experiences

My story of getting into UK evolved as a typical one: I entered on work visa, got it extended, and then decided on switch to Tier 1. Quite typical, except the particular moment when I made up my mind on this switch. I do not know what blurred my abilit...

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Do I Want to Be British?

Jun 27 2011 08:09 AM | egyptianwife in UK Immigration Experiences

So far my experience of the British Immigration Service has not been pleasurable. In fact I have been met with such insulting, degrading and downright discriminatory comments I was ashamed to be British.

We applied last year for a visa fo...

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4 Years Ticking Boxes - A UK Immigration Experience

Jun 19 2011 06:24 PM | Aussabella in UK Immigration Experiences

As an Australian who lived in London for 4 years, you would think that I am one of many with a typical story. The truth is, I didn't meet many other people who were in my boat or who shared the same difficulties that I did. And for that reason I will s...

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To Be or Not to Be a Dependent: My Journey Through FLR (M)

May 14 2011 09:54 AM | rexjacobs in UK Immigration Experiences

I have a PhD degree and a stable job. In short, I am published academic who could have theoretically chosen to be anywhere in this world purely on her academic merit. I have lived outside my home country for over a decade now, but I continued to hold m...

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