So I have got delayed on transactions, It can be a hassle so I decided I would do the Voluntary Appeal File paperwork. Its basically filling out a form and sending it in with fingerprints that is kept on file. My understanding is that when you fill out a 4473 after its processed it is destroyed. So every time they call in for a BGC they have to do the same search for information. The VAF basically allows them to keep that into in a file so that when you fill out a 4473 there is something to reference that says your good to go. When I sent in the paperwork I did not really think much about it. Its not like giving them the little bit of info is any kind of a big deal. I was talking to a fellow recently though who thought that somehow the voluntary appeal file could be used against you. I cant see how? Honestly I am not even really sure how it works. I think they send you a reference number that you put on any 4473 you fill out? It sounds like it may be a while before I get anything back from the FBI. I sent the paperwork in maybe three weeks ago and just today I got a letter saying they received the paperwork, that they process them in the order they are received and they are currently working on ones that were submitted in September of 2014. So have any of you done the VAF? I assume it solved any delay issues? How long did it take?