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Hi,

I'm interested to hear from others, who have recently applied for the Elite Visa.  How long did it take, and where are you from?

I am just starting the process and wondering how to plan things

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I have searched this forum, I understand a while ago they changed things. It seems to be in the past it was very quick to organise. But now, its a longer process.  Super interested to hear others experiences

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Hi there, 

 

 I Recently applied; took to me 3 weeks to get approved (to get invitation for payement). I'm from Europe and you where are you from?; 

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It depends upon your nationality. It can take up to 2 months for those from countries that take a long time to get a background check done.

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great thanks, i am applying from australia.  i am just interested to hear how others are with this process now.

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Not very recent sorry, about 10 months ago, but after the Immigration approvals started to take a lot longer. Also applied from Australia. Took exactly a month for approval by Immigration, only a couple more days after I’d sent the money to join and arrange an appointment at Suv. airport to have the visa attached - think they want a week or so notice for appointment if you’re flying into Thailand.

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I recently applied and they said it will take 1-2 months. I'll let you know when its finished. still waiting to hear back, but ive submitted all the forms

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36 minutes ago, gk10002000 said:

i assume one sends the money after being approved?

Yes

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I spoke with an agent yesterday. He told me that it can take anywhere from 8 weeks to 3 months now.

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On 1/17/2020 at 7:31 AM, ubonjoe said:

It depends upon your nationality. It can take up to 2 months for those from countries that take a long time to get a background check done.

Do you know what type of home country background check they do?  Normally I would expect a credit check to start, but I saw no place for my US SSN.  Also, fingerprints are required for an FBI criminal record check, but of course fingerprinting is not required to apply for TE visa.

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An agent told me last week the processing time is now about a month for US passport holders.

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20 minutes ago, Kelsall said:

Do you know what type of home country background check they do?  Normally I would expect a credit check to start, but I saw no place for my US SSN.  Also, fingerprints are required for an FBI criminal record check, but of course fingerprinting is not required to apply for TE visa.

How thorough of background check they do appears to depends upon a person's nationality. Certainly no credit check.

I think for most countries they only do a check with interpol for wants and warrants. 

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

I think for most countries they only do a check with interpol for wants and warrants.

I don't think interpol has power to issue warrant, arrest or detain anybody. Countries can send Red Alert Notices to interpol and interpol dessimentiate that to member countries. Member countries can ignore or take action if the person lands on their soils.

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