Make the UK Home Office visa application process fair & transparent

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Hi, we are Rusty and Stephen. We met on Tinder in 2014 whilst living and working in London. Over the last 4 years, we've dated, lived together, and travelled the world, and in the last 12 months, have settled down to start the rest of our lives in the place that feels like home for us both - the UK.

So what's the problem? Well, Rusty's Australian.

Our application was submitted on the 28th June 2017 - over 10 months ago, and to date, no update have been provided to the status of our application from the Home Office.

When we've asked what's happening with our visa application, we have always been met with the same answer -"We are unable to advise when a decision will be made but you will be notified in writing once made. Until such time, we are unable to assist further."

It is difficult to get on with our lives. But this petition isn't just about us. Things need to change for everyone affected. If you’re in this position of waiting, you have no feeling of belonging, you're restricted on work, and you can't travel overseas.

In light of the recent Windrush Scandal, we have become inspired and request that the UK Home Office visa application process is fair & transparent. What does that mean exactly?

We want all visa applicants to:

  • Be able to request & receive an update on the status of their visa application. IE: Where is it in the system, and how long until a decision will be made.
  • Have a direct point of contact within the Home Office for updates on visa applications.
  • Not feel intimidated by confronting the Home Office.

The UK Home Office has always been an impenetrable organisation, they are playing with people's lives, and this lack of communication makes us feel as though they could be intentionally delaying visa applications to satisfy targets.

If you have a pending visa application, then you have the right to speak up against the Home Office and seek the information you deserve.

Together, we can make the UK visa application process fair & transparent for everyone. Please sign this petition.

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********* UPDATE 3rd MAY *********

The Home Office has responded to our local news outlet, Kent Live saying:
"Due to their complex nature, there are no processing timescales for this type of case."

********* UPDATE 5th MAY *********

My bank (HSBC) which I have been a customer for the last 5 years, has advised that they will be placing restrictions on my account as I am unable to prove my identity.

Why can't I prove my identity?

Because the Home Office has had my passport since 28th June 2017.

More here.

********* UPDATE 16th MAY *********

Yesterday, I contacted the office of Sajid Javid, and after pouring out my heart to the gentleman on the phone, I was assured that someone would be in touch to discuss the matter & our petition further.

Unfortunately, I was never contacted.

Today, I called the office again and was told that the assurance I was given prior was actually incorrect, and that they can't do anything to help and that we should call the Home Office.

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