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American applied for Partner Visa in January - still no visa :( Advice?


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Old 09-18-2013, 04:53 AM
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Unhappy American applied for Partner Visa in January - still no visa :( Advice?

Hey there. Joined this group because I am really concerned/losing sleep/having major anxiety about my partner visa. Background: I'm an American citizen, got married in May 2012 and husband and I had been living together (joint bank account, car registration, the works) in America for two years before we decided we would have a better standard of living in Australia. I applied for my partner visa January 28, it was accepted by January 31 and I had my case worker and # by Feb 16th via email. I had sent EVERYTHING in by end of Feb. Have never had any issues with health, no arrests or anything of the sort, no children, no previous marriages for either of us, sent all my FBI and Medical in the same day I got the email with my case number and I called the last day of February to confirm that everything had been received and make sure there was nothing else I needed to do. We were very much on top of the paperwork. Had already gone through the same process for my husband to live/work in America the years previous so we even included some extras, such as pictures of us on vacations and with family even though the Aus embassy didn't ask for that.

As the United States is "low risk," I began contacting the embassy end of June to make sure that there still was not anything missing and to confirm that the 5 months was still the average. They said "it could come any day now" and that nothing else is required. My sister-in-law's wedding was Aug 31st, so we went ahead and bought one-way tickets in July assuming that "any day now" would be at least within 8 weeks after that conversation. I contacted the Embassy to make sure they knew I was coming to Australia for the wedding. The day before flying out, I had to go ahead and get a visa waiver so that I could come to the wedding even though my visa had still not arrived.

My husband and I are living with his parents since my husband is now supporting us on a single wage. I'm really concerned that my 3 months on the visa waiver will expire before I receive my visa and I will have to go all the way back to the states to stay with my mom for who knows how long while my husband stays here to work and support us during the remaining waiting period.

In a couple of weeks it will be 8 months since my visa was officially lodged.

Is anyone else having this delay issue? Every time I contact the embassy all I get is "any day now." And that "the website does state that the current wait time is between 5 and 12 months" even though that's not what it says at all... What it clearly states is that the AVERAGE processing time for Low Risk (United States of America is on that list) is 5 months and that the average for High Risk is 12 months.

I'm getting really nervous and am not sure what to do. Should I go ahead and book a ticket back to the states? I was planning on traveling to Malaysia with my husband once we got notified that the visa was ready since US flights are so much more expensive but I obviously can't do that if I don't know that my visa is ready. Not to sound like a baby, but the thought of having to leave my husband for an unknown amount of time is just unbearable. Any advice is welcome.


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Hi Lyddies,

We haven't put our application in for my Irish partner yet (which is also low risk) but my friend sponsored her husband over from the UK and she said it took about 8 - 9 months. They did it onshore though.

I hope it arrives soon for you both! I'm sure it will! How long I'd the US one take?

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Hi Lyddies,

We haven't put our application in for my Irish partner yet (which is also low risk) but my friend sponsored her husband over from the UK and she said it took about 8 - 9 months. They did it onshore though.

I hope it arrives soon for you both! I'm sure it will! How long I'd the US one take?

Good luck

I heard Onshore took a bit longer than offshore on average. I think my CO may have just taken leave or something lol.. The US one only took about 3 months for his green card (perm resident) and including the face-to-face interview. That one was lodged in the US so was onshore. That's part of the reason I am so lost as to why mine is taking so long - his was almost exactly the same requirements. If I were you, I'd go ahead and apply for your partner. Better to apply early and take your time moving than to be ready to go and forced to wait because you didn't apply in time..


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I heard Onshore took a bit longer than offshore on average. I think my CO may have just taken leave or something lol.. The US one only took about 3 months for his green card (perm resident) and including the face-to-face interview. That one was lodged in the US so was onshore. That's part of the reason I am so lost as to why mine is taking so long - his was almost exactly the same requirements. If I were you, I'd go ahead and apply for your partner. Better to apply early and take your time moving than to be ready to go and forced to wait because you didn't apply in time..
Yeah I'm not too sure. We have been together since st paddies last year but don't necessarily have hard evidence. Think we might go through an agent my friend suggested so he can come out soon cos this not being able to see each other (apart from Skype) is killing us! Plus I need to find a nursing job as I only just to back a week ago!


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Do you mind posting the initials of your case officer?

Thank you!


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Do you mind posting the initials of your case officer?

Thank you!
She mentioned they were DN.

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Yes, as buffingp stated, he's DN.


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I was feeling much more optimistic about DN before this thread!!!

Recently I'd seen someone with a (what I thought was) similar application to mine get approved in less than a month, and others with reasonable times as well. I guess everyone is different.

I'd like for you to get approved, and then me soon after

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