Did you not receive my detailed email sent a short while ago?
Good morning Tom,
I am a 68 year old NZer who has lived and worked in the UK for just over 9 years on an Ancestry Visa which expired on 22nd december 2012. I sent my application for an extension to UKBA on 22nd November ( rules state this may not be done prior to 28 days of the expiry date) and this was duly acknowledged by letter and the payment £561.00 taken from my account on 26th November. I booked a flight to Auckland to see my new granddaughter born 17th January to leave UK 22nd February which was 3 months after my application was sent in feeling that I was certain to have my Passport and Visa back by then given that the previous extension was actioned within 28 days. I had no way of knowing that I would be caught up in the huge backlog at the UKBA and they tell me my reason for wanting to leave the UK to see my granddaughter is not good enough for my application to be expedited in order to catch the flight on 22nd February and it may be June before it is actioned.. China Southern will not refund my fare or change the dates so I will lose £797 if I can't catch the flight. I am a prisoner in the UK - unable to travel anywhere - not even to Ireland on a walking holiday with my friends. This is unfair and unreasonable and must surely be infringing on my rights. I am desperate to see my new granddaughter as any new grandmother would be and am devastated that the UKBA will not help me. If I ask for my passport back my application will be withdrawn and I will become an overstayer and have to leave the country which I don't want to do.My application fee will also not be refunded even if they've done nothing. I have made a home here, have my pension paid here which I supplement by bringing funds in regularly from NZ and have a son and grandchildren in London who are British citizens. My son and his family in Auckland are my only other living relatives in the world and I just want to see my new granddaughter! I'll be exceedingly grateful if you can assist me in any way.
I did ask for my Application back so that I could apply in person at the Liverpool office but they wouldn't release them on the grounds that if it left their office I automatically become an overstayer. If I had realised that there was such a backlog ( they say you can't send the application prior to 28 days before expiry or I could have done it months ago ) I'd certainly have fronted up but I had no way of knowing that an extension would be tied up with all the other various applications. Seems like I've hit a brick wall !!
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