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Hi all. My partner is from Texas, and for her Partner Visa (subclass 820/801) application, she applied for her Identity History Summary Check through the FBI on September 26. The FBI's website states that mailed checks take 14 to 16 weeks to process; tomorrow is the 16 week mark.

However, given the current government shutdown situation in the US, will that shutdown affect this time span? If so, how much longer should we expect her Summary Check to take? Is there a number that we can call to check which applications they are processing at the moment?

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I have no idea if those wait times are currently affected.

But while she's waiting, does she need the state checks too? In the 12 months preceding the date of her application, had she spent at least three months in any state in the U.S.? If so, she'll need state checks as well.
Taking a look at the page for the 820/801 visa, it says to provide "an overseas police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16". I can't see anything about a state check.

Besides, if it is required, she moved here on May 21, 2018 on a Work and Holiday visa. We plan to apply and pay for her Partner visa application early- to mid-March. That then wouldn't meet the three-month threshold, would it?
 

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If you go through an approved channeler, it can be as quick as within an hour or so for the FBI check. State checks are often only mailed and take a week or two in most states.
Yes, but we did it through the mail for the FBI Check, as recommended elsewhere, and it's not a state check, that's why I'm wondering how long this check will take, given the shutdown.
 

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Thanks everyone for suggesting a chaneller, but we have already sent it to the FBI with her fingerprints, so there's no point in paying for a second set (AU$130 here!) and getting a second identical report.

I'll definitely look into the state check, and thanks Angelos29 for the number, that's precisely what I was looking for!
 
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