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Feb 17 2011

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The challenges in preparing our application

We had to get these key documents ready for our application.

1. IELTS – TRF
2. Birth certificates
3. Updated passports
4. PCCs from UK and India
5. Proof of funds
6. Employer documents
7. Transcripts from universities
8. Travel History list

IELTS:
The IELTS wasn’t a difficult one, but time consuming. But first time, Prab just got a moderate score, with which we still had more than 67 points. So we were confused if he should reattempt IELTS at all.

Birth Certificates:
This was the worst part! In India, we do not really care about having a proper birth certificate, as the school certificates work anywhere. We did have old birth certificates, which did not even indicate our names. All they had, was a boy/girl was born for so and so here on this date, and thankfully our parents registered our births. Else it would have been a nightmare for us. So, I worked on this first, went to the respective offices, filled up all the forms and requested to include our names next to the registration numbers in the birth registers. The application was accepted and the time line was 15 working days.
I received the birth certificates, only to know my parents’ names were not spelled correctly. So, again, I had to give a correction application and that took another 15 working days’ time.

Updated Passports:
My passport always had a wrong place of birth (they indicated my native place as my birth of place). The reason was i did not submit my birth certificates while applying for a fresh passport. I only submitted the school certificate and that was sufficient to provide a new passport. So, they assumed my place of birth to be my hometown and added that to the passport. I had to leave for UK in 10 days after I got my passport and didn’t really have time to get it corrected. Further, my UK visa was through, so, I was confident I don’t have to worry about that conflict.
Now, this conflict was very clear as they also ask for the birth certificates. No other go, but to get my passport corrected. For this I needed an updated birth certificate. Referring to the above, back and forth on the BC issues, I had to visit the passport office 5 times in less than 40 days. And yes, I got it done, and received a fresh passport with accurate details just in time.

PCCs:
We applied for the UK PCCs and got them in time. It took about 15 days for us to get them. But closer to our application launch, CIC amended the rules that PCCs are not to be submitted now. At that time, we haven’t procured the Indian PCCs, which we thought we can do later when they ask for it. So, we did not include PCCs with our application.

Proof of funds:
This was a relatively easy task for us. We just had to get a current bank balance certificate, attested by the branch manager. I had this done in 3 days.

Employment documents:
This again was relatively easier to collect. We already had the employment contracts. All we had to get is updated reference letters with job duties and other details of employment. I drafted the letters and got them signed. Not to mention, the business cards were the easiest documents to gather. Prab also had his professional registration and so, that document was handy too.

Transcripts from universities:
Prab has his bachelors in India and Masters in UK (while the university is in US). I had a hard time contacting the university folks in US and arrange for the university sealed transcripts. They sent them in about 25 days to India by courier.
For his bachelors, I approached the university in person and requested for the transcripts. All I had to do was photocopy his degree certificate and all mark sheets (there were 8 of them semester wise for a total for 5 years study) and get them verified against originals by them. They attested every page of the set and put them in a plain envelope and sealed it with the university seal.

Travel History list:
For this I had to spend a couple of hours and research the passport pages to ascertain the dates of international travel. Although I did not have much to report, Prab had considerably traveled across Europe.

 

Indira Prabhakaran.

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2 comments

  1. Nikhil Sindhav

    But how can I change a passport ?
    It wil take more time… I think i have to apply now coz the cap is filling at the speed which do not indicate me to wait 🙁

    You have done such changes ? kindly write back me the procedure so if its possible i can do it

    Thanks,

    Nikhil Sindhav

    1. Indira

      Yes, it’s better to avoid contradicting information within documents submitted. Alternatively, you can avoid submitting the birth certificate as they would accept a matric or higher secondary mark sheets for the date of birth proof. The details on what I did in this situation is logged in the below link for your reference.

      http://indiraprabhakaran.com/blog/the-challenges-in-preparing-our-application/

      Thanks,

      Indira Prabhakaran.

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