We had been granted permission to apply for a visa in August 2017 and thankfully we had already looked into most things so it was a matter of submitting lots of paperwork, as much of the hard work was done the year before.
Best example was that I had sat an IELTS (English proficiency test) back in June 2017 as despite being a native English speaker, from England and having an English degree from an English university, we couldn’t get ‘points’ for the ability to speak English without the test. So we already documents like this and a certificate to confirm my qualifications.
We didn’t know when our application would be granted though and my husband would check the estimated times obsessively on the government website. We knew we could be waiting over a year but saw that as a positive since we could save save save.
On 1st January 2018, less than 4 months after applying, our visa was granted.