We got our passports today finally after vignette stamping.
Our timeline if it helps everyone
- TN submission : 24th May
- TN endorsement : 14th Jun
- VFS (Outside UK) appointment : 20th Jun (Received for 1 Jul but kept checking and on 23rd Jun, rescheduled for 24th Jun).
- Biometric : 24th Jun
- Automated mesg that application sent to UKVI : 27th Jun
- Notification mail that passport is ready for collection : 16th Jul (was past pickup time slot)
- Passport Picked up : 19th Jul
Stage 1 took : approx 15 working days
Stage 2 took : 15 working days from notification mail that application has been forwarded to UKVI
Imp Points :
Please go through the forum, there is a treasure trove of information here; thanks to all the wonderful members here.
Have patience : TN on an avg takes 3-4 weeks and UKVI (stage 2) took exactly 15 days. For stage 2 : A lot depends on your travel date and country i guess. We submitted out financial statements, marriage certificate, Child’s birth certificate and consent letter for child. Even though few might not be needed but still we submitted post going through experience of members here. Still it took 3 weeks for stage 2.
Create a checklist for your application and map all your evidences against it. Mine was a business applicant case and i used 4 reference letters apart from 3 LOR (also added evidences to these 4 reference letter within 3 pages on what these referees were talking about). Spread out your evidences to showcases your achievements and what makes you a talented individual.
We applied and got Visa for 5 yrs. My NHS fees has been taken for 5 yrs but for my dependents they have charged for 5.5 yrs. As per feedback here, while applying for dependents we entered date of my visa applicable till 31st Aug 2026 (5 yrs from date of intended arrival). NHS website considers current month as the month from when NHS becomes applicable and not your intended date of arrival. So they charged for 5 yrs + 2 months, making it 5.5 yrs for NHS fees. We need to find out how to get extra 6 months NHS fees reimbursed for my dependents. Any help here ?
Believe in yourself and your achievements. If you are considering TN Visa, you are already among the top percentile of professionals worldwide. What is required is matching your experience and achievements with TN criteria. Be clear in what you want to say through your evidences and do not complicate it much.
Last but not least, my deepest thanks to each and everyone of members here for writing down their experiences.
A special thanks to @Shreeniwas_Iyer during my initial queries and support thereafter.
Also, grateful to @sojo for support during stage 2. We were in same boat and your experience helped me in preparing my application to vfs accordingly.
We plan to travel in first week of Sep to UK and hope my country is not in red list by then.
Happy to answer any queries.