- Oct 29, 2006
Just thought I would add something else in here for anyone who is going through the same (lengthy, annoying...) process. Mine is only in the beginning stages so I'm not too worried, but those who have been waiting 20 weeks or so might find this useful. Copied and pasted from my other reply:
I have a friend who has recently been approved her visa waiver (after a 25 week wait). When she enquired as to the status of her visa (after a certain period), they provided her with a link to input her case/application number. When inputting your case number, it brings up whether you were A) approved, or B) refused. However, when her application status changed, it was noted on there (when she checked in from time to time).
Interesting thing to note is it appears they don't even LOOK AT your application until the 22-23 week mark. The whole process from when they updated her application status from 'Refused' (as mine is currently showing now) to the visa being issued in her passport and sent to her only took a week or so.
There were 0 updates prior to this. Now, you would think, if the process genuinely took 26 weeks there would be multiple reasons for this, and those reasons (updates?) would be reflected, no?
In the UK I had a visa took 6 months and the time lag is due to the shear number they have to process. Note that the people processing these may not necessarily do these only - they're probably quite low on the pile.