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I was just wondering how many others here are also in the waiting phase after applying for the 820 onshore - where are you from, where did you apply, did you go for a subclass 300 first?

How has your experience been so far, and what are the things you worry about? How long have you been waiting?

Just a thread for people in 'the same boat' (although we're all very different) - mods if this isn't an appropriate thread (because the information can mostly be found through Timeline Search) please feel free to adjust, close or delete! I'm just curious who else out there is (still) waiting, since both applicants I knew have been granted before me!
 

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Hi Nelly, my husband's friend applied at the end of August and got his 820 at the end of October, so it was just two months waiting for him. He lodged his application in Sydney. He got every document ready except Form 80, which I guess he later added. He did not go through 300 but he has been living in Australia for 3-4 years on other visas. And he's from China.

As for me, I'm from Malaysia and I applied for 820 in Sydney in early October. Mine is a decision-ready application as well. I did not go through 300. So far I have only received an email from the department acknowledging that my application is valid, together with the grant of Bridging Visa A, etc.

I'm not worried about anything, really. Soon after my BVA kicked in, I applied for a Tax File Number, and enrolled into Medicare. Currently I'm looking for a job. In terms of visa, there is nothing I can do now except waiting patiently for my 820 because you really don't know how long it will take. When things are beyond my control, I will just let it be.

Here's wishing all of us a smooth journey to 820/801. :)
 

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Hi!! I'm waiting, too. I'm originally from Michigan, USA, and we didn't do a 300 first--I was in Australia on a work and holiday visa for a few months before we decided to get married. My husband and I have been in a relationship for eight years, so we knew we were going to get married eventually. A work and holiday visa made the most sense when I applied, but a variety of factors ended up changing "the plan" to get married later, so we ended up eloping and applying for this visa.

I applied back in March, but without the police checks or medical completed. I've been having horrible difficulties getting an FBI police check done. Money just left my account for what I hope to be my last application. Hopefully it turns up soon so I can get it in! (My Australian police check came within a week.) When the FBI check shows up, I'll probably go ahead and get my medicals done. I know the results are only good for a year, but as it's been eight months for me now, I doubt it's going to take another full year to process my application--fingers crossed, anyway.

When I was filling out the application I was stressing about having enough evidence and I was really nervous about forgetting something or not including enough. However, months down the track, my only real concern has been about getting this police check in and doing the medical (there's nothing wrong with me that I know about, but I really don't like going to the doctor! Completely irrational, I know). Another worry was about my husband, who is my sponsor, not making enough money as he was in a part-time position when we applied, but he's working full-time now and in a higher wage bracket as well, so no more worries there. As for other evidence, I've gained more confidence in what we turned in and have decided not to let it stress me out so much.

It's so nice to hear from other people who are applying for the same visa as me! I hope everyone gets theirs granted soon.
 

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Same boat here. Applied 29 August through the Melbourne. Used a reputable migration agent, submitted decision-ready. From the US, have been in Australia for 2 1/2 years, first on a Work and Holiday, then on a student visa. Have received one e-mail acknowledge receipt of application, but nothing since then. No case officer, no other information. Crazy to think that even after 3 months, I haven't been waiting very long at all relative to others!
 
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Same boat here. Applied 29 August through the Melbourne. Used a reputable migration agent, submitted decision-ready. From the US, have been in Australia for 2 1/2 years, first on a Work and Holiday, then on a student visa. Have received one e-mail acknowledge receipt of application, but nothing since then. No case officer, no other information. Crazy to think that even after 3 months, I haven't been waiting very long at all relative to others!
hi, maybe a naive question here: isn't the person who issued your acknowledgement letter actually your case officer?

in my acknowledgement letter, the PDF file, at the very end, "Your sincerely...**.***, Position Number ******", isn't that my assigned case officer? or that's my misunderstanding!?

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hi, maybe a naive question here: isn't the person who issued your acknowledgement letter actually your case officer?

in my acknowledgement letter, the PDF file, at the very end, "Your sincerely...**.***, Position Number ******", isn't that my assigned case officer? or that's my misunderstanding!?

Thank you
Hi, I don't know for certain, but I just checked my acknowledgement letter and it doesn't have any signature at all. It just says "Sincerely, Administration Team." So it seems unlikely to me that the person who signed yours is your case officer; rather, I think it was probably someone in administration. It's my understanding that your case officer will contact you later if you have any missing information or if they decide to do an interview. Some people don't ever hear from their case officer, but are instead just granted their visa.
 

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hi, maybe a naive question here: isn't the person who issued your acknowledgement letter actually your case officer?

in my acknowledgement letter, the PDF file, at the very end, "Your sincerely...**.***, Position Number ******", isn't that my assigned case officer? or that's my misunderstanding!?
I don't believe so. I think it's just an intake/processing person, who receives it and makes sure it's complete. Applications then seem to sit in limbo until a case officer is finally allocated. It was similar with my 573 student visa: one person acknowledged receipt, another person did the actual assessment.
 
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Same boat here too. I applied in August 2013 in Sydney, supplied police checks and medicals a few weeks later and not heard a peep since. I also did not go through 300 first. I am currently on a 457 and have been in Australia for nearly 3 years.

I am pretty desperate to get out of my job which I can't do until my visa comes through and it is frustrating but knowing there is nothing I can do means that I try (and fail most of the time) to put it to the back of my mind.

I also remind myself that there are so many people out there who are waiting offshore for their visas and that must be awful so I count my blessings that I get to be here with my partner every day. :)
 

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I was just wondering how many others here are also in the waiting phase after applying for the 820 onshore - where are you from, where did you apply, did you go for a subclass 300 first?

How has your experience been so far, and what are the things you worry about? How long have you been waiting?

Just a thread for people in 'the same boat' (although we're all very different) - mods if this isn't an appropriate thread (because the information can mostly be found through Timeline Search) please feel free to adjust, close or delete! I'm just curious who else out there is (still) waiting, since both applicants I knew have been granted before me!
Hi ya.
I am in the same boat, Nelly87.
I applied for 820/801 in February this year (2013) and was granted the BVA which kicked in in April when my visitor visa expired. I am originally from Malaysia and did not go for the subclass300 beforehand.
I got married to my Australian husband in 2012. I was here since Feb last year, but as i came on a visitor visa, i left OZ every 3 mths (based on my ETA) till the day we applied for the 820/801.
I called up immi and they mentioned that processing time is 15-18mths from application date. So i guessed i'd only be hearing from them mid 2014.

I have been looking for a pt job/casual job but no luck so far.
My only worry is whether i will find a suitable job soon...

I guess there's really nothing we can do (since it's not within our control) except to wait patiently for the 820/801 to be processed and approved.

I always believe everything happens for a reason. So probably all this waiting is to teach me to be more patient in life (as I am a very impatient person).....meanwhile i try to enjoy life everyday and slow down a bit in life.

I do hope we all get the approval soon and good luck to us all who's in the same boat.

Cheers!
 

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Hi ya.
I have been looking for a pt job/casual job but no luck so far.
My only worry is whether i will find a suitable job soon...
I haven't been having much luck on the job front here, either. I think it's partially because our visas are up in the air, so there's the chance we might have to leave the country. :/ It's frustrating! Have you tried Gumtree? I've gotten a few interviews through Gumtree, but none through Seek. Smaller companies typically advertise through Gumtree and in my experience they've been much more open about employing people on Bridging Visas.
 

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Hi All,
I'm in the same boat may be some where on the lower deck. I applied my 820/801 Visa November 27th 2012 - in Melbourne. since then I receive an additional email from immi asking if I have submitted all the documents - after double checking my copy of the file I called Immi if they needed any other documents. their reply " They have all the documents needed" but no CO no update on the file.
 

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I haven't been having much luck on the job front here, either. I think it's partially because our visas are up in the air, so there's the chance we might have to leave the country. :/ It's frustrating! Have you tried Gumtree? I've gotten a few interviews through Gumtree, but none through Seek. Smaller companies typically advertise through Gumtree and in my experience they've been much more open about employing people on Bridging Visas.
Hi Inkhearted,

Yes i applied for a few jobs on Gumtree, but no reply at all. I remember one of the jobs i applied for is a Part Time sales assistant job selling nuts in a shopping mall. Even for that job, i didn't get any reply at all :(
Hmmmm...since a week ago, i have stopped looking/applying for jobs because it saddens me each time no reply comes in. Don't know how much of this I can take, so i thought i'd just stop for a while and start looking again in 2014 (or when i am ready to take in more rejections) :p
Thanks for your suggestions yah!
 

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I agree with you guys that Bridging Visa A is far from ideal to be on a jobsearch on. This is why I stick with the job I got on my previous WHV and am not leaving anytime soon - I realize that my visa is a huge "risk factor" for employers, being possibly "kicked out" on any given day (in spite of the 29 days I believe you have to leave, it is still completely unpredictable). I'm just lucky I got employed before my Bridging Visa I guess. I never know what's better - send in a resume with no visa information and let them be impressed with me first and tell them later, or just tell it as it is right away.

I am reading a lot (well, it looks like a lot) of quick grant threads in cities other than Melbourne - which is slightly disheartening. At the same time I have read someone's story who applied somewhere else and was forwarded to Melbourne for "quicker processing" and got it quickly, which is frustrating if you've been in line at Melbourne for almost a year or over!

A co-worker of mine got granted the 820 within 3 months at Melbourne as well, which makes you wonder what they had over you... I mean he's a fantastic person in a great relationship and deserved it, but it does create some insecurities... what did we do wrong?
 

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So, I just checked my e-mail for the first time today and lo and behold, an e-mail from immigration! It's the first correspondence I've had from them since receiving my BVA acknowledgement eight months ago. It's from the admin team rather than a case officer, and requests my US police certificate, Australian police certificate, and health check. That has to be a sign that things are getting underway, right? (I applied in Brisbane, if anyone wanted to compare.)

I wish I had my police checks in already! I've submitted requests to the FBI three times. The news from my latest one hasn't arrived yet, but I went on Australia post's website and it estimated that if the FBI sent out the paperwork on the 15th or 18th of this month (1 and 2 business days after the money left my account), it should be here tomorrow. Hopefully it's actually my police check rather than another "sorry, your fingerprints weren't good enough" letter. (They have something like 10 copies now, all done by an Australian police officer, so I should hope at least one set was good enough!)

Rambling, sorry. I got excited!
 

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So, I just checked my e-mail for the first time today and lo and behold, an e-mail from immigration! It's the first correspondence I've had from them since receiving my BVA acknowledgement eight months ago. It's from the admin team rather than a case officer, and requests my US police certificate, Australian police certificate, and health check. That has to be a sign that things are getting underway, right? (I applied in Brisbane, if anyone wanted to compare.)

I wish I had my police checks in already! I've submitted requests to the FBI three times. The news from my latest one hasn't arrived yet, but I went on Australia post's website and it estimated that if the FBI sent out the paperwork on the 15th or 18th of this month (1 and 2 business days after the money left my account), it should be here tomorrow. Hopefully it's actually my police check rather than another "sorry, your fingerprints weren't good enough" letter. (They have something like 10 copies now, all done by an Australian police officer, so I should hope at least one set was good enough!)

Rambling, sorry. I got excited!
Hi, I got the same email from admin team some time around 2nd week of oct I lodge my police check on the same day, also did medical in the same week. IMMI confirmed that they got my police checks and all on 23rd of oct - (Month ago - :confused: :mad: :mad: :mad: :confused: :confused: )
still no news of CO or VISA. only they know what they are doing with file :rolleyes:
 

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Hi, I got the same email from admin team some time around 2nd week of oct I lodge my police check on the same day, also did medical in the same week. IMMI confirmed that they got my police checks and all on 23rd of oct - (Month ago - :confused: :mad: :mad: :mad: :confused: :confused: )
still no news of CO or VISA. only they know what they are doing with file :rolleyes:
Well, that's disappointing. I'm still happy to have gotten anything from them at all! Hopefully you hear something soon. You're right, only they know what they're doing. :/

Sometimes I wish they had something like that "pizza tracker" that Domino's has when you order online. It could have things like "accepting payment" and "granting BVA" and "processing... this should take another six months." Then at least you'd know. ;)
 

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I understand why they can't reveal the actual process too much but it would be nice if they could give some kind of loose indication. Like, if the case hasn't been picked up yet, note that somehow on VEVO - and if it's picked up say that this is not a waiting time indication but at least it's on someone's table. I've never understood why that's impossible. Or to at least, at the indicated average waiting time, alert someone if they've been picked up yet or not.

It's good to hear that some of your cases are moving, though! That's a sign of life, and that's positive for all of us :)

I'm starting to wish I hadn't frontloaded with police and medical checks. They're gonna expire before DIAC is done with me, and now they have even less reason to contact me because they already have the checks so I don't know if anyone's even looked at my file.
 

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I'm starting to wish I hadn't frontloaded with police and medical checks. They're gonna expire before DIAC is done with me, and now they have even less reason to contact me because they already have the checks so I don't know if anyone's even looked at my file.
I feel the same way, and all I can do is tell myself that it might come through within the 12 months of their validity (or that, somehow, they'll waive the 12 month requirement at the time..?!). Maybe I'm being too hopeful!

It's been frustrating because we have friends who applied early this year who were granted their 820 in 3 weeks, and our relationships and living circumstances were incredibly similar. We followed the layout of their application almost exactly. So we had been hopeful (despite all the indications that theirs was not at all the norm!) that somehow ours would be processed quickly as well. Alas!
 
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