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Old 06-06-2013, 12:28 AM
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Hi,

I applied for a GSM visa (subclass 885) as a Biochemist in early February 2009. In April 2012 I got allotted a case office and since then I'm told my application is undergoing "standard checks via external agencies". Usually I'm told this takes around 6-12 months, however in my case this has been extended. I understand that these checks occur on a case-by-case basis, but I fail to understand why the checks are taking unusually long in my case.

When I ask my case officer about this, he tells me that he cannot provide me with an answer since "the external agencies" must complete their checks to meet legal requirements to proceed with my application. Nonetheless that is dodging the question and not providing me with an appropriate answer.

I ask this because I have been living in Australia since Feb. 2005. Currently I'm doing a PhD and I also recently (2 months ago) got married to an Australian citizen. So in my opinion it should not take the agencies so long, since for most of the last 10 yrs I've resided in Australia without indulging in any nefarious activities. I've never been to court and have no criminal record. I'm a law abiding resident, so then why am I being made to wait.

Can somebody please tell me what my options are? Can I/should I lodge a complaint?

Thanks,
Jerry


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Old 06-06-2013, 12:39 AM
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If its external to DIAC then complaining to them probably won't help. Maybe someone with a similar name to you did some bad stuff and that's what is taking so long to sort out. That happened to a friend of mine. But they sorted it out.

If you have nothing to hide, don't worry about it. It will come through.

Or maybe seek some real, professional advice and see if an agent can do anything.

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Old 06-06-2013, 12:43 AM
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Honestly, I've got nothing to hide.. and that is why I'm curious to know why it is taking so long. Also I worry because this effects my future plans, my life kind of has been hanging for 4.5 yrs as I'm waiting for this decision..

At this stage can a migration agent to anything? Any migration agents at this forum who offer help?


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Old 06-06-2013, 12:12 PM
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What country are you from originally? That could be part of the problem too. A lot of African countries for example take forever for background checks.

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I reckon it's taking so long for all of us cause asio is too busy processing these dam queue jumping boat people

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Old 06-06-2013, 01:54 PM
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Almost makes you want to swim, eh?

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Lol would have been quicker and cheaper for us to boat it in. 10k no problem toss the id, easy 12 months in detention no probs we still would have been together 2 years ago lol

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I can't imagine it. I thought we'd done hard yards and jumped through hoops to be together.

I really hope it works for you this time. At least you know if you make it through this... any other problems that come down the road should be cake That's what we figure anyhow. If we survived this hell -- we're going to be just fine. Don't get me wrong, he's bound to get in trouble and is probably going to spend at least a couple nights being dragged behind the boat in the dinghy (we live on a sailboat)... but if this didn't kill us, nothing will.

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Originally I'm from Pakistan. I also read somewhere that for Irani and Pakistani applicants the external checks take 12-15 months.. Is that really the case..?

Nonetheless as I said, I've got nothing to hide: In Pakistan, I lived the 1st 18 yrs of my life, went to the same school for 13 yrs and then came here. My family also has been living in the same city since forever - so I've had a pretty sedentary life. For this reason I do not understand how can it take them so long to complete their checks.

The only two explanations that I can think of are that my application is being held on purpose by the immigration department or when the immigration department asks their Pakistani counterparts for information on me/my family they do not get much cooperation...


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What I understand to be the reason is that some countries do not have a single source for this information. The checks aren't just run against a database quickly and done. Not only is there more to it, in same cases even paper files, but it isn't centralized so you get into bureaucracy issues too.
I could be wrong, but that's my understanding for why background checks in certain countries take 12-15 months to complete. And yes, that 12-15 months sounds familiar... And they wouldn't have initiated that part until everything else was satisfied either...
I'm sorry, but it will come and at least you are in Oz with your partner while you are waiting!

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