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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Indefinite leave to remain success story ILR-0013 (Wp)

Hi, everyone, very tired but as well as released now after a long wait and worries. Now finally I got my ILR and just want to thanks all those contribute in this Forum which I find very helpful. I just keep checking here everyday to see how the things are going on until this morning. And some advices are very usefully as well. So now it is my turn to contribute.

My case is quite simple, 5 years WP with the same company. The only 2 problems with my case is 1). My salary is not the same as that was pointed in my WP until this year;2) I started to work before I got my FLR visa; For the first one, the case worker, who is a very nice lady, hasn't asked me for any P60 or whatsoever like what I really worried about before, so this is not a problem in my interview; For the second one, actually I got the chance to see the note by the downstair checker, and on the note, they mentioned the date my WP is approved, not my FLR visa, so it is ok you start to work right after your company got the WP approval and don't really need to wait for the FLR visa if you are in the UK already. But of course this is only my understanding for my case. At first I do worry I shouldn't start to work until I got my FLR visa, so I asked my company not stated the start date in my employer's letter, but the Case worker did ask me when I start to work, which I said the month I got my FLR, but now when think of it, I think it is ok for my employer to state the date on the letter and they do ask for it.

OK, now it is my experience in the Croydon PEO today. My appointment is at 3pm, but I got there before 2pm anyway. After the loose security check(Not like airport at all, the staffs are quite relaxed I think), then wait for the document check in downstair. There are 2 queues there, one is my one with reference No. only, another one is with reference letter, which are much quicker for the check than ours one. Waited for about 20m then I was asked to go to the counter, and the case worker asked for my application form, passport, life in the UK test, employer letter and pay slip, then that is. As that is around lunch time, she seems very relaxed and keep chatting with her colleague around and doesn't really focus on checking my application, I feel. But she is a nice lady actually, and we even have conversation about the hot weather. She told me I got 23 out of 24 in my Life in the UK test, and it took her about 20-25 minutes to check my information plus talking to her colleagues.Then she handed me my application materials with notes and wish me good luck with my application.There are 3 notes, 1 is with my info and appointment No., 1 is my current details and employer's name and the date my WP is approved,which I think she got from her computer system and one is the standard boxes needed to be clicked for WP to ILR. Then I went to the 1st floor to pay the £1020 by cash, and then a stupid thing happened. After taking my money, the staff told me to go to the 2nd floor for the interview, when it said my interview is at the first floor. I went to the 2nd floor, wait for quite a while, but never hear any No. like my appointment No.type, which is Axx. When it passed 3pm, I started to worry, so I run between 1st floor and 2nd floor and tried to find someone who knows what is going on. And then the door staff point me to the customer service at the 1st floor, and a very handsome guy told me, I should stay in the 1st floor but luckily I haven't missed my appointment, so I waited my No. to be called. It takes about 10 or 20minutes, then i was called to see a quite cute lady. She is quite nice and polite, asked me for my material, the same as the downstair case worker plus bankstatement and police registeration form, and that is. She told me she will check my application, and need to wait for the immigration check go through, and it will take about 1 and half hour, then I will get my passport stamped if everything ok. Then she asked me to sit down and started to check my materials. During the whole process, she only asked me 2 questions, first is because I gave her my ISA bank statement but she need the one with my salary goes in and return my ISA statement to me without reading. Then she look at the pay slip and tried to figure it out my monthly salary and can't find the April one at first, as it is too close with the May one, but at the end she is ok with it. Another question is the one I mentioned above, as my employer's letter hasn't mentioned the date I started, so she asked me when I start my job, and I think and told her should be the monthly my FLR granted. But actually, she doesn't seems bother but just want the date. And that is. For my adsence date, I list all the dates in an excel form and make it very nice and tidy and cover the original part on the form. As my total absence date is about 140, so she just quickly check my list and my passport for the Home Office stamps in it. And when she checked the stamp, she even didn't look at my absence list, just have a quick look, and that is, passed. So I recomment to do a perfect clear absence form and cover the original one if possible, this will save both parties' time. And then the lady seems finished and she told me as the immigration system check hasn't finished, so pls sit to the back and she will let me know when it goes through. Then she started a new case and I start to wait. It took about 45m for the check system go through, and about another 45-50m for my passport to get the stamp. Then around 6pm, my No. is called and I got my ILR stamp! Feel so tired but released. But anyway, it is done, and I recomment to go for the appoinment if your case is not complicated. It seems the HO is quite easy to pass at the moment, better to wait for the post with a long period time of worrying.

Ok, so this is my story today. Hope it will help and wish you guys good luck with your application. And thanks again for the forum and those who did help to answer my questions and gave me advice. Now I may need to start worry about the citizenship rule changes, but anyway, not today!
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