Hi thought I'd let you know how I got on at the visa surgery in leeds today.
i got there at 7.10am & I was about the 10th person in the queue. At 7.50am an official at the Sikh temple came round and gave us raffle tickets numbering how up the queue you were & how many visas you needed. With this in mind I was given numbers 33 & 34.
At 8.10am we were then ushered into the community centre & asked to sit in our numbered order.
At 9.10am the HCI officials from London arrived & started to get set up for the day. We were then called up in numbers of ten first to have our visas viewed & then told it would take approx half an hour to get our passports back. There were 11 people who did 'something' with my passport.
I was called at 9.30am so thought I would get them back at 10 ish. by this time the community centre was packed out - no seats available. I got my passport at 10.15 & my husbands was separated from mine & didn't get it until 10.30am.
There were alot of Indian people in the centre who appeared to know some one official looking & were given priority - oh well never mind thats life. Also there were a few english people hassling the officials which started to annoy them.
By the time I left the ticket numbers were over 300 so goodness knows when they were going to get their visas. They did provide tea while we waited & they were cooking curry for lunch
This was my first time using a surgery and overall the experience was ok, spoke to a few people in the queue & chattered about Goa etc.
Good luck to you all if you still need to get your visas - just get there EARLY.