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Discussion in 'Visas / Migration' started by toptowa, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. toptowa

    toptowa New Member

    Hi all, just another quick question about the visa. 5 months seems a long time to just sit and wait for a visa to be processed. It makes you wonder what they're actually doing.

    Did any of you have much coreespondance during this time from your case officer? Does the visa just turn up on the doormat one day with all the rest of the post???

    From what I've read so far I should be expecting mine by the middle of next month and hopefully out there by July :)


  2. teamv

    teamv New Member

    Hi Chris ,I don't know what type of visa you've applied for ,but with ours, the main contact was to ask us to get our meds and police check's done,

  3. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    Like Kev we heard nothing until we were asked for meds. It is a long (and stressful) time to wait but make the most of it ,de cluttering, speaking with shippers and investigating Oz as when that visa does arrive there is so much to do you run around like a headless chicken,lol..

    Cal x
  4. srp

    srp No longer active member

    Hi Chris,

    If I remember correctly you are applying for a partner visa. I believe off shore is now around 6 months wait, I do not think this is due to any physical reason more to do with the fact that the Australia Government use the slower processing as a way of controlling how many visas will be issued in any particular time frame.

    When I applied for my partner visa it was approved within 10 days. Shortly afterwards there were changes to various visas and policies and it was announced that the off shore partner visa would take around 6 months in the future to process and on shore up to 12 months.

    I think the delay is more political than a physical delay by the DIAC..

    Of course I could be way off the mark but that is the impression I get.
  5. jocompton

    jocompton Guest

    Hi Chris,

    I applied for my partner visa on 1st Nov and it was granted on 28th Feb, which is about 4 months. I had no contact with my Case Officer other than me emailing her. The visa was granted about 3 weeks after my medical. I was told by email.

    Good luck and it shouldn't be too long now. I would email your CO to see how things are coming along though!

  6. toptowa

    toptowa New Member

    Thanks for the reply Jo, 4 months seems to be the average waiting time from what I've seen on here so far. I applied mid December so if I haven't heard anything by mid April I will contact my case officer. I had my medical quite a while ago, pretty much straight after I lodged my application.
  7. Kirsty Hitch

    Kirsty Hitch Guest

    I also had my visa granted 4 months in. Apparently this is the current processing time low risk partner applications. I had no contact during these 4 months only a response to any emails with queries I sent to my agent. Try and keep yourself busy and as Cal says declutter as much as poss. Try and make life easier for yourself for when the answer finally arrives. I received confirmation of my application by email totally unexpectantly mid week whilst on my lunch break!

    My agent told me that they usually make a decision within the first month and literally shut it away in drawer until it hits a certain date. I think it is to see if your relationship stands the test of time. Who knows but at least you can take comfort in the fact that the processing time seems to be 4 rather than 6 months at the moment : )

    Is your partner an Aussie?
  8. toptowa

    toptowa New Member

    Yeah my wife was born in Brisbane so her and my kids all have Australian citizenship. We're just looking into accommodation now and flights and making plans for to get out there in July. Luckily in my job ( merchant seaman ) I dont really have to worry about work as I can work for the same company doing the same job regardless of where I live in the world :)

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