Have you been reading my diary? (ninja)
And got my refund this morning (party)
I think this is incorrect. The chap above was saying that this was done "a few years earlier". I applied 2 years ago (and was denied) and reapplied when the new process was implemented (which included scanning the passport with my android phone etc) instead of sending 80+ pages of documentation. I was never promised a refund on the earlier attempt, but I have had an email today re the refund for this "new" attempt.
They did say a few weeks back that anyone who applied earlier will be refunded
A workmate from the EU had already shelled out about £300 in fees a year ago as he was panicking to get his whole family settled before Brexit Day. Told him 6 months ago not to bother as there would be a fast track and free method on it's way (realpolitik). But one of his kids had a status issue due to location of birth being in EU 27 etc. and a certain age. Hence he was in a hurry. I wonder if there will be refunds for those who started too early with the process.