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Old 03-24-2020, 04:31 PM
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461 applications in 2019/2020

Hi Guys

Anyone else applying for a 461?

We sent off our application (they only do these via paper, not online) on 18 March, to the London embassy as we are in the UK.

Processing times are 32 months for 90% of applications right now. and that was before things started to shut down due to COVID-19. I think we may be in for a looong wait, and I'm curious to hear from anyone else who is also waiting.


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Old 06-26-2020, 05:02 AM
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Hi ,

I am applying next week. Next week I will get my PCC. I am in USA. I do not think that there is a long waiting period. Maybe 3-4 months depending upon how sooner you and how well you provide your requisite documentation. I read it on the internet forum yesterday that the family got a 461 visa in 4 months.

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Old 06-26-2020, 09:14 AM
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We're still waiting for acknowledgement from Immigration. Three months and counting.....

Since posting my initial comment I heard that, prior to COVID, applications from the UK were generally approved in 2-3 months. However everything seems to have come to stand still now so who knows how long it will take.

With the Oz border being shut I guess there is no rush given 461 is classified as a temporary visa. 461-holders won't be allowed entry until borders re-open and who knows when that will be.


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Old 06-28-2020, 02:41 AM
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Anyone else applying for a 461


Hi There I have now been waiting 26 months and still I have heard nothing! I am currently in Oz all of this time on a bridging visa, which does not allow me to work or travel outside australia, I did apply last November for a travel visa as we wanted to go to Bali which was granted ( this was all before covid) and we went in our holiday! Now it's just wait and see, I'm hoping soon!!! It's been so long and the processing times are now not showing due to a low application rate! If there is anyone else close to the months that I have waited and have just been granted or even heard back from immigration if love to hear what had happened or what's happening. To the rest hold on tight it's a long slow ride! 🙂
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:11 AM
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Immigration office contact for 461 visa

Hi all,

We lodged in ours last Sep 2019 offshore via the designated VF global centre in HK. Only got a notification from the centre saying it got sent but haven't heard anything from Oz Immigration dept.
Although we know very well everything will be slowed down due to COVID-19 but from the time we submitted to the shutdown, there were still a 5 months period for our submission to be acknowledged. But we receive absolutely nothing so we are worried that if they ever receive ours in the first place. Don't want to wait 2 yrs later to find out it was already lost in the mail.

Ours should be a straightforward case (been married for 18 yrs w/o children). But I also read from another thread in this forum saying the lodging place is a determinant for the processing time. Countries with reciprocal agreement will be faster. So I guess HK will be a slow case.

Does anyone know the email address we can ask the Dept. whether the application has been well received?


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