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Hi, I applied in person for a de-facto visa on 30 June in Melbourne and was advised that I would be allocated to a case worker within 6-8 weeks. Its now been 10 weeks and I called immigration yesterday and have been told that I have still not been allocated a case worker and it could take up to 6 months. My current visa (457) expires in January so im not particularly concerned about that as I am aware they can always grant a bridging visa. However im having some issues at work and im feeling really stuck as I cant change jobs on the 457 visa. I feel like im in limbo which is frustrating.
From what iv seen on this forum most people get through the process in a few months-has anyone taken longer? Has anyone been able to rush their application through? The only thing I can think of is I applied the day before they increased the fee by $500-so im guessing a lot of people may have applied at the same time.

Thanks for any advice
 

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^ you're probably right about that.

In saying that though, not to discourage, but I'm applying in the U.S and was told there was no way it was going to take less than 4 months for my visa to process..... don't know if its true, but apparently they are swamped in the States too.

Just remember--the person told you six months as an average, you might get lucky.

Have you done all your police checks and all that? medicals? that's what they will tell you when you get a case officer to get those done so if you haven't, get on to it so at least they will have all the info when you do get a case officer.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you if you keep your crossed for me for the processing to hurry up! =)
 

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Hi, I applied in person for a de-facto visa on 30 June in Melbourne and was advised that I would be allocated to a case worker within 6-8 weeks. Its now been 10 weeks and I called immigration yesterday and have been told that I have still not been allocated a case worker and it could take up to 6 months. My current visa (457) expires in January so im not particularly concerned about that as I am aware they can always grant a bridging visa. However im having some issues at work and im feeling really stuck as I cant change jobs on the 457 visa. I feel like im in limbo which is frustrating.
From what iv seen on this forum most people get through the process in a few months-has anyone taken longer? Has anyone been able to rush their application through? The only thing I can think of is I applied the day before they increased the fee by $500-so im guessing a lot of people may have applied at the same time.

Thanks for any advice
You should be able to change employer anytime as long as your new employer is a sponsor or willing to sponsor 457 visa workers. Please advise all 457 workers to join the union(Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) is respected. To many 457 workers are getting ripped off or given bad information from the employer.
 

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We lodged application for de facto visa on 20/07/09 in Melbourne(in person). At that time, the girl at the reception desk told us that it would be at least 10 weeks to get c/o assigned. So we were expecting contacts from c/o probably at the end of Sep - but surprisingly, we received a letter saying that our visa approved yesterday - and the decision was made on 04/09/09! It was less than 7 weeks from lodgement to approval, without any contact or request or whatsoever from DIAC(probably because we frontloaded everything - meds, pcc and form 80).

this was totally unexpected, as we had been gathering second batch of evidence just in case! I think your case may be under process now, it might be just that DIAC main helpline is not really up to date as to c/o assignment. I'm sure you will hear a good news soon, fingers crossed!
 

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Thanks for the replies-its so frustrating. Iv now heard of three people who applied after us, who have been granted the visa. Im going to give them another call tomorrow-I really need some good news. Il ask if I should get the medical tests-not sure if I need them as I had medicals when I applied for the 457 visa 18 months ago.

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Well, I called Immigration on Monday and they informed me that they had been writing to me. After some investigation it turned out that a clerical error:mad: was made when I submitted my defacto application and whilst they changed my residential address they did not update my postal address. This really frustrates me as when I lodged my 457 visa application they lost my documents!! grr. Anyway the woman I spoke to said I had now been allocated a case worker (yay!!) and that she would ask her to resend the letters (plural!!) that they had sent me. Its now Friday and I havent received anything-starting to wonder if I should call back. ANyone have any thoughts?
 

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Yes, there are humans at work there too along with their computerisation.
Depending on where you are, mail will take at least two days and from the time someone tells someone else and they get to do it, getting something next week seems about right.

There is not someone there sitting at a desk with just your application you have to realise or I hope that is not how my tax is being spent!
 

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Thanks wanderer, I know theyre only human. I work for the government too!! Im just frustrated I guess. Iv actually just spoken to a super helpful person at immi and they have sent out the letter today, she was able to explain to some extent the details of the letter-although im still confused-hoping someone here might be able to help. The letter is to give to medicare to inform them I have applied for a partner visa so that I can get medicare-does this mean I will get full medicare whilst my application is been processed rather than just reciprocal healthcare. I was paying for overseas visitor health insurance until a month ago when I decided the cost was too much-Recently my doc has said he would like me to have some tests related to family history (not emergency-however has started me worrying) and I am waiting for medicare card so I can register for normal health insurance before organising the tests. Appreciate any advice!
 

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I would not expect that you'll be eligible to get medicare coverage other than what the 457 allows for until you do get the partner visa hels re: Partner Visa: Onshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 820 and 801)

Maybe the sending of the letter is an omen of you getting a pleasant notification soon enough hels.
Maybe no interview like fessasum!

Whilst I agree with checks on bonafide it has always seemed to me to be a bit of an unwieldy approach with partner visas where evidence of a relationship is fairly obvious, that being more so when an application is lodged with noth people being here in Australia and as with yourself, an applicant already on a work visa.

Hopefully they are streamlining their processing to cope with more easily determined situations, and yes, despite all the bureaucracy all people on the front line I've ever dealt with at immi have been receptive and helpful.

So may good news be around the corner.
 

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Hi Hels

I realise this isn't your main concern, but it might make you feel a little less stressed to know that you actually can change jobs on a 457 visa.

And as of last Monday, current 457 visa holders who want to change employers (within the validity of their current visa) don't have to apply for a new Subclass 457 visa.

Best regards
Susan
 

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Still no news. I got the letter from immigration that they resent-it was basically advising me that they had received my application in June. When I called immi on 18th Sept they told me I had been allocated a case worker so I was really hopeful I would hear something-but still nothing. Thanks for your message Susan, whilst I dont need to necessarily apply for a new 457 I would need to get a new employer to do some applications I believe, so its not as simple as just changing jobs. A job that I really want has been advertised-im going to call them next week and explain the situation and just pray immigration get in touch soon!!! Im panicing that its taking so long because they have doubts-which is crazy-we have been together 2 years and have a house!! Oh well fingers crossed!
 

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Still nothing from immigration but a major development for me and my de-facto. He proposed at the weekend!! Of course I said yes-im now wondering if I should call immigration to advise of the development or wait for my case worker to contact me? Any advice?
 

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Congratulations on the proposal/engagement hels and it does say on the immi web site re applications that any changes should be advised to Immi.

At least it gives you a reason to contact the CO [seeing as they expressed resentment - in you following up!] and you can ask for advice on whether the engagement is something she would note on the application or whether you need to dend in a form 1022 though an engagement does not give you a document to be sent in - maybe just as well for it could cause a delay!

In asking, a sweet and how is it going will not hurt or maybe the CO could surprise and say something is on the way!.

Best of luck.
 

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Hi

Hey guys i'm new to this forum. I have recently applied for the de facto visa in melbourne and just to correct the info regarding the medicare, You are eligible to get medicare even if you have just applied for the Visa and not necessarily when you are granted. I also recieved a letter but from the lady over the counter who lodged my application.
 

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Hey rav, welcome to the board!

I'm curious about what you wrote RE medicare... so did you have to fill out any forms in order to get your card? The website crashes on my computer any time i go to check it out so im really not sure what the procedure is. Obviously i would like to be covered by medicare from the minute i set foot in australia so i don't have to pay to get travel insurance. Do you need a letter from immi or a copy of your visa? if you have any info let me know.

BTW Hels, congrats on your engagement!!!! hope you have heard something from immi by now! good luck!
 

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Hey elkitten,

I was just reading the letter i recieved at the time of lodging my application here in Melbourne. You are eligible if you have applied in Australia for permanent residency or even if you are on a bridging visa until the decision is made. Applicants who is coming from overseas obviously gonna hold a residence visa prior to the arrival in Australia. You need to wait approximatlely 10days after arriving in Australia and then go to medicare office with proof of your status. That's what the letter says, so I think the reason lady over the counter asked me to get my medicare with this letter and my passport cuz I am here and I can visit medicare in person and do all of that. Hope this info helps.
 

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Awesome, thank you!

So unless i hear otherwise from my CO or immigration, I'll just waltz over to the medicare office with me passport and letter of approval ten days after i land.

Sweet...thank you! I don't know what my computers problem is....it just tries to load this active X control on me everytime im on the medicare site which crashes it! Thanks for the help =)
 

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Your welcome,

In your case it would be your passport and visa endorsed in it. That's all you'd need. I need to get my slacky butt to medicare, I still haven't done it lol cuz I have international student private cover so I guess it gives me a comfort to be a slacker hahahaha....
 

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Your sweet with international cover anyhoo--i went to the doctor with my BF once, we both got this really NASTY cold..he had to pay upfront and get refunded later, but i only had to pay 5$..heeheee!!!

I just managed to get on the site and it didnt crash!!! hurrah!!! there is a form i need to fill out but besides that, its all good!
 
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