Just give an example about latest progress of BeiJing embassy about independant immigraion.
I hope more info about progress can be share
at this page.
Friend of mine, send his application on Oct.99.
After 5 month, receive the second letter for bank
deposit prove, then receive physicial exam letter in May.
No IELTS, No Interview.
Background, Computer programmer, one year Europen
Good Luck !