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Old 03-07-2015, 11:12 PM
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Hello from Washington State :)

Hey all! I've been a long time lurker here as my Australian fiance and I decided on a visa to pursue, then started the application process. We met in an online game, knew each other for about 2 years, then finally met this last October and got engaged in December. Now I'm back in the States while we work on and lodge our PMV application online.

So, just wanted to say hello and thank everyone for all the helpful information we've already been able to utilize, and express what a relief and comfort it is to know there are people out there that know what going through this is like

Emily

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Hello~!!
Seems like you might be someone in a similar boat to me; I met my partner online too, but we haven't spent nearly as much time as you have. We only 'met' in December 2014 and met in person 2 months later. Now he is in the US and i am in AUS applying for the 300 visa and digging around the internet looking for information...
how are you guys going?

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Old 04-17-2015, 10:11 PM
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Hello Shmiffy! That's so exciting! Every day I feel so lucky for that technology that allowed me to meet my fiance even though neither of us had ever visited each others' countries, or even met in person until October It's nice to know others in similar situations that have made it work or are still going through the visa process and understand!

We're still waiting for my FBI background check to come back then we'll be lodging our application online. Last time I checked it was still taking 12-15 weeks for them to get it back to you unless you use a channeler, which the website for the Australian Embassy in Washington DC sadly said they won't accept. We're still feeling pretty positive though there are certainly days all the waiting and uncertainty get to me.

This forum has provided us with so much awesome info, hopefully it's just as helpful to you guys as well! Hope things go smoothly and quickly with your visa process


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Old 04-25-2015, 08:04 AM
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Hello Shmiffy! That's so exciting! Every day I feel so lucky for that technology that allowed me to meet my fiance even though neither of us had ever visited each others' countries, or even met in person until October It's nice to know others in similar situations that have made it work or are still going through the visa process and understand! We're still waiting for my FBI background check to come back then we'll be lodging our application online. Last time I checked it was still taking 12-15 weeks for them to get it back to you unless you use a channeler, which the website for the Australian Embassy in Washington DC sadly said they won't accept. We're still feeling pretty positive though there are certainly days all the waiting and uncertainty get to me. This forum has provided us with so much awesome info, hopefully it's just as helpful to you guys as well! Hope things go smoothly and quickly with your visa process
Hi!

I am not sure why the embassy said they don't accept channelers, because they do. It might be that the information has not been updated?

There are 3 approved channelers you can use and they usually have the check back within 5-7 days compared to the FBI 12-14 weeks!

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Application Date: 31 December 2014
Police Checks: Completed 5/6/15
Medicals: Completed 27/5/15
VISA GRANTED: 1/7/15!!! Yay!!
PMV to 820:
Application date: 28/3/16
Visa Granted: 11/4/16

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Hi!

I am not sure why the embassy said they don't accept channelers, because they do. It might be that the information has not been updated?

There are 3 approved channelers you can use and they usually have the check back within 5-7 days compared to the FBI 12-14 weeks!
Figures Yeah, the website specifically says no channelers which must be out of date information. Oh well. Got my FBI check back today so that info. doesn't help me, but hopefully it does others!

Would it really be that difficult to keep websites up to date concerning things that can have such an impact on people? :P /vent


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Figures Yeah, the website specifically says no channelers which must be out of date information. Oh well. Got my FBI check back today so that info. doesn't help me, but hopefully it does others! Would it really be that difficult to keep websites up to date concerning things that can have such an impact on people? :P /vent
You would think that they would update the website but clearly not! Lol

Thankfully there are forums such as this one to keep us up to date though!

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Visa Granted: 11/4/16

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Channler? what is that? how do you get one?!
Please tell!

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Old 04-25-2015, 11:07 AM
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Channler? what is that? how do you get one?!
Please tell!
From the FBI website: "FBI-approved Channelers receive the fingerprint submission and relevant data, collect the associated fee(s), electronically forward the fingerprint submission with the necessary information to the FBI CJIS Division for a national Identity History Summary check, and receive the electronic summary check result for dissemination to the individual. An FBI-approved Channeler simply helps expedite the delivery of Identity History Summary information on behalf of the FBI."

You can find a list of FBI approved channelers on the FBI site. I'd link it, but it says I'm not allowed to post links to other sites until I become an Active Member


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Figures Yeah, the website specifically says no channelers which must be out of date information. Oh well. Got my FBI check back today so that info. doesn't help me, but hopefully it does others! Would it really be that difficult to keep websites up to date concerning things that can have such an impact on people? :P /vent
Hi Blissian, can I ask you how long it took to get your FBI check back? my husband submitted his a few weeks ago. I knew about using channeler but husband took the long way around going directly to FBI for the report. Hoping this will be all wrapped up by October - which will be 1 year since we filed 309, and 3 years since we met. Waiting is hard, Skype helps. Best of luck!!

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Old 04-25-2015, 11:19 AM
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Hi Blissian, can I ask you how long it took to get your FBI check back? my husband submitted his a few weeks ago. I knew about using channeler but husband took the long way around going directly to FBI for the report. Hoping this will be all wrapped up by October - which will be 1 year since we filed 309, and 3 years since we met. Waiting is hard, Skype helps. Best of luck!!
I sent in my fingerprints in late January and only got the check back yesterday, almost 4 months to the day later, Skype definitely does help! Don't know what we'd do without it Best of luck to you guys as well!


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