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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Granted Ilr At Birmingham Peo ILR-0014

I am just back from Birmingham where my husband and I spent the night, before my morning PEO appointment. I am not going to go into detail for now--as I am tired fromt he drive and all of the excitement--plus my husband and I are going out to celebrate soon! Bit if anyone has any questions, I will try to respond later on...

So...Everyone was VERY nice at this branch of The Home Office; we had a caseworker who was quite reassuring and congenial. I always get a bit nervous when they bring up my previous refusal into the U.K. some two and a half years ago now--but even he seemed to think it 'strange' and, unwarranted'. He then said of the refusal incident--upon hearing how my husband came to the U.S. so we could apply for my fiancee together,"Well, none of that stopped you, did it?" and smiled. He also told me that I got 24 out of 24 on the, "Life in the U.K. Test" and said, "You are top of the tops!" and smiled again. He then joked about how most born-British citizens do not know the answers to the exam and asked my (British) husband how he scored on practice tests (which had been poorly ). Overall, we had to wait a good hour to an hour and fifteen minutes to be seen for the interview/application process. I was told my application was good and that some routine checks needed to be done. We were then told to come back in another two hours for the, "ILR" vignette as long as all was well and good. Solihull green is a nice area and my husband and I were wondering around the shops and were just about to head back to the PEO when they called telling us that my passport was ready and where were we? Heh--we were inj "John Lewis" as I was oogling the kitchen applicances (I love to cook!)! When we got there--all was ready and waiting for us. They returned some documents they had retained--back to us. I was shown my "ILR" vignette and asked to verify that the information on it was correct, which it was. I was also given some notes as to the conditions of, "ILR". I thought I would get some info on later applying for British Citizenship as well--since I thought that others here had said that they had received these--but nopes...Guess I will think about that later in another year or so.

I want to thank "MISS. B." and everyone else for their well-wishings and help! I would not have known to bring a veritable 'ton' of documents had I not checked in with this forum. I do not doubt that my husband and I would have brought twice the recommended amount (6)--but they actually wanted even more in the end! I do not know why that 6-document rule (for Set (M))has been imposed when it just does not seem to fit the ultimate criteria of what the caseworkers prefer to see!?! All our joint documents were looked over (21 in total) and all of my 19 official letters were also observed, though none of my husband's single name letters were--save for his bank statements to verify that our funds are sufficient enough to maintain ourselves 'without recourse to public funds'.

The office was quite small, in a very nice location on the outskirts of Birmingham proper and all of the employees we interacted with again were very friendly!

I wish you all luck in applying for, "ILR". I know it is daunting--but the people wokring in these PEO offices REALLY are there to try and help you, methinks! As long as you are legitimate, bring all of the necessary documentation, are honest on your application and have no outstanding and unforgiveable criminal record--there is really little to fear! Best wishes to you all once more!
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