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ARGHHHHHHH processing time has been updated to 26-27 months now. I could scream!!!
I know right!! When I applied in June 2017, it said around 8 months processing. The most frustrating thing is that every time we reach the "new processing time", they increase it! When I got to 8 months, they changed to 12. When I got to 12 they changed to 15. I don't understand how they can do this. Shouldn't it be those who applied at that time (8 months) should have theirs looked at by then? I mean, why is it not first come first served right. So like we are subjected to the same waiting time as someone who applied yesterday! It's so ridiculous I have no where else to vent!! I definitely feel your pain!
 

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I feel like this is just going to keep happening. We'll never get our applications processed.
I've been reading about people on bridging visas for years longer than us.
Hi! I feel the same way. The processing time has become ridiculous, especially if you are already onshore and have no working or restricted working rights. The immigration department might as well tell us outright that we are not welcome in Australia instead of making us believe our applications will be considered. I'm already making plans to leave - no point staying here really. I don't even know if I will ever be able to work and contribute. I wonder how many applications "disappear" from the queue every year not because they have been processed, but because applicants give up.
 

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Hi! I feel the same way. The processing time has become ridiculous, especially if you are already onshore and have no working or restricted working rights. The immigration department might as well tell us outright that we are not welcome in Australia instead of making us believe our applications will be considered. I'm already making plans to leave - no point staying here really. I don't even know if I will ever be able to work and contribute. I wonder how many applications "disappear" from the queue every year not because they have been processed, but because applicants give up.
Hang in there, it will happen - it will just take some time.
I've spent the last two years training myself to look at the wait as a positive thing. The longer they take to approve it, the further away the five years is up and i have to apply for another one. If it was approved the month i applied, i'd already have been on the visa for two years, this way, i still have 5+ years to wait.
Don't get me wrong, it SUCKS and i don't feel so positively about it every day, but i try my best to.
 

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Just an update from me:

I received a request for more information (new police check, evidence of Medicare) on Friday 15th April. Application submitted in June 2017. After receiving a call from the department and asking a few questions, it seems that the process from here is quick and straightforward.

For those of you saying you have recently applied or are around the year mark, buckle yourselves in for a long wait! Remember you can easily get a Bridging Visa B for overseas travel (I have done this 3 times) and you can write to the department for permission to work. Best of luck to you all.
Could you let me know
a) how you applied for the Bridging Visa B (by post/online? I can't apply online because I applied for my original Visa by post which I'm assuming everyone else did, but I can't seem to confirm this with anyone)

b) how long it took for them to process? I'm currently waiting for a new Passport and have less than two weeks before I am meant to fly so I am freaking out if this is going to be enough time for them to process.

Any advice much appreciated!
 

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Could you let me know
a) how you applied for the Bridging Visa B (by post/online? I can't apply online because I applied for my original Visa by post which I'm assuming everyone else did, but I can't seem to confirm this with anyone)

b) how long it took for them to process? I'm currently waiting for a new Passport and have less than two weeks before I am meant to fly so I am freaking out if this is going to be enough time for them to process.

Any advice much appreciated!
I applied via post - it was my only option.
It took three days to my recollection. I sent it express mail to speed up the process. I think they will probably see the dates of travel on your form and authorise it quickl. I wouldn't worry
 

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I applied via post - it was my only option.
It took three days to my recollection. I sent it express mail to speed up the process. I think they will probably see the dates of travel on your form and authorise it quickl. I wouldn't worry
Thanks so much for replying Lauren - I am literally not sleeping and having the craziest anxiety as I've already book flights for myself and my partner and all of our accommodation has been booked in Canada. Was on the phone with Aus Immigration for nearly an hour yesterday who told me they wouldn't guarantee I'd get it in time.
 

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I am so angry with my migration agent/lawyer right now.

I applied for my 461 in June 2017. In August 2018 i emailed immigration asking for an update on my visa status. I received a generic auto-response informing we they wouldn't provide updates unless i had exceeded the wait time.
Yesterday i emailed again asking for an update. I explained when i applied the wait time was 7-9 months, now it is 26-27 months so i feel due to me exceeding the original wait time, i deserve some information.

Today i received an email from immigration informing me they emailed my lawyer requesting further information on 9 June 2019 and they are not able to provide me information because i have the lawyer - so only they can communicate.
I sent an email to my lawyer questioning why i hadn't been informed of this, and asked what further information they need.
To me this appears that i have been assigned a case officer and my application has been opened.
In the month since they emailed my lawyer, we could have provided the further infromation and potentially been granted the visa. ARGH i'm so frustated with them! What exactly am i paying for, when they can't even tell me immigration have been in touch!!!
Rant over!!

So, has anyone else who applied around June 2017 been assigned a case officer, or heard anything yet??
 

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I can imagine how frustrated you are!
Good info for others reading this Lauren - I wouldn't have known you couldn't enquire about your own application if you're using an agent.
Hopefully the fact that there was contact means some progress... CONTACT AT LAST 😆
I've my fingers crossed for you.
I'm a month behind you application wise

I am so angry with my migration agent/lawyer right now.

I applied for my 461 in June 2017. In August 2018 i emailed immigration asking for an update on my visa status. I received a generic auto-response informing we they wouldn't provide updates unless i had exceeded the wait time.
Yesterday i emailed again asking for an update. I explained when i applied the wait time was 7-9 months, now it is 26-27 months so i feel due to me exceeding the original wait time, i deserve some information.

Today i received an email from immigration informing me they emailed my lawyer requesting further information on 9 June 2019 and they are not able to provide me information because i have the lawyer - so only they can communicate.
I sent an email to my lawyer questioning why i hadn't been informed of this, and asked what further information they need.
To me this appears that i have been assigned a case officer and my application has been opened.
In the month since they emailed my lawyer, we could have provided the further infromation and potentially been granted the visa. ARGH i'm so frustated with them! What exactly am i paying for, when they can't even tell me immigration have been in touch!!!
Rant over!!

So, has anyone else who applied around June 2017 been assigned a case officer, or heard anything yet??
 

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I can imagine how frustrated you are!
Good info for others reading this Lauren - I wouldn't have known you couldn't enquire about your own application if you're using an agent.
Hopefully the fact that there was contact means some progress... CONTACT AT LAST 😆
I've my fingers crossed for you.
I'm a month behind you application wise
Thank you. I've requested information from my lawyer via email and phone and i've been told they'll get in touch this morning - will keep you all posted
 

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Hi all,

Just letting you know immigration requested:
Another police check for the time spent waiting for the visa application to be opened
Further evidence of our relationship - trips together, holidays etc
Joint bank statement for the last three months

That was sent on Thursday so fingers crossed i'll get the visa within the next two weeks, i'm hopeing.
 

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Oh wow! Progress! Delighted for you Lauren. Here's hoping it'll all be over another five years (7 years... 😉 ) very soon.
I'm expecting to get a new police check request, no idea what evidence I'll be asked for when I'm not with my kiwi ex girlfriend any more

Hi all,

Just letting you know immigration requested:
Another police check for the time spent waiting for the visa application to be opened
Further evidence of our relationship - trips together, holidays etc
Joint bank statement for the last three months

That was sent on Thursday so fingers crossed i'll get the visa within the next two weeks, i'm hopeing.
 

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Oh wow! Progress! Delighted for you Lauren. Here's hoping it'll all be over another five years (7 years... 😉 ) very soon.
I'm expecting to get a new police check request, no idea what evidence I'll be asked for when I'm not with my kiwi ex girlfriend any more
It would have been even better if my lawyers actually saw the email requesting further info in June when it was sent :mad::mad::mad: I could have the visa by now but oh well, no point living with anger.
Will let you know once it's been approved :)
 

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Hello everyone... I applied for 461 on 5 of this month at ahc delhi,so i am definitely at bottom of pile. on 15 of this month i got email asking for medical and pcc..isnt it too early??i am confused its good or bad?plz reply
 

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Hello everyone... I applied for 461 on 5 of this month at ahc delhi,so i am definitely at bottom of pile. on 15 of this month i got email asking for medical and pcc..isnt it too early??i am confused its good or bad?plz reply
That's great! Processing times vary depending on the country you apply in
 

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Yes I've had zero contact for 25 months so I'd say that is a very good sign

Hello everyone... I applied for 461 on 5 of this month at ahc delhi,so i am definitely at bottom of pile. on 15 of this month i got email asking for medical and pcc..isnt it too early??i am confused its good or bad?plz reply
 
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