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Same here. Not going to panic, I expect this to drop again in July.
I really hope so.

My immi has changed to 21-26 months too. When I applied it was 9-12 months.

Application Submitted: 13- Apr-2018
Medical Completed: 08-May-2018
Status: Received
Heard: Nothing

It's a very straightforward case so here's hoping!
 

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My theory is that the processing time stats cannot really jump that much in a month, so they have done something strange which has skewed the numbers. I guess they hit targets early so only worked on closing out old cases marked for rejection. Or something.
 

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it's averages so very easy to have big charges.
My theory is that the processing time stats cannot really jump that much in a month, so they have done something strange which has skewed the numbers. I guess they hit targets early so only worked on closing out old cases marked for rejection. Or something.
 

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it's averages so very easy to have big charges.
My theory is that the processing time stats cannot really jump that much in a month, so they have done something strange which has skewed the numbers. I guess they hit targets early so only worked on closing out old cases marked for rejection. Or something.
Read somewhere that it could be due to a lot of people applying at the end of June and beginning of July (so end of financial year and start of the visa price increase etc) so now they have a bulk load sitting there so the processing time went up. I'm hoping it'll settle down once the influx of new applications drops down a little.

As for my own application,

Applied end of May 2018, fully front loaded including medical and police checks. Was hoping London would move fast but it's eerily quiet. Had secretly hoped to move later this year but not feeling all that confident now.

What I sometimes wish for is that somewhere - anywhere!- someone from the visa office would sit down and type up a message explaining why it takes so long. I would love to understand their process. Logically I know they have to be rigorous but at the same time I struggle to believe it takes that long to go through applications. If should be fairly clear in most cases whether a visa should or shouldn't be granted.

I'd love to understand how the process works. I think it would stop a lot of us wondering and worrying. Oh well, one can dream, right?
 

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My theory is that the processing time stats cannot really jump that much in a month, so they have done something strange which has skewed the numbers. I guess they hit targets early so only worked on closing out old cases marked for rejection. Or something.
An example of how stats can change:
Theoritical example from 100 applications.

Month 1: 75 applications done in under 12 months = 75% in under 12 months.

Month 2: 74 done in under 12 months, 1 takes 21 months = 75% in under 21 months.

The 50% figure would be interesting to see...
 

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An example of how stats can change:
Theoritical example from 100 applications.

Month 1: 75 applications done in under 12 months = 75% in under 12 months.

Month 2: 74 done in under 12 months, 1 takes 21 months = 75% in under 21 months.

The 50% figure would be interesting to see...
Yes noted, sometime stats really don't tell you the truth.. I must say I relied more on the successful applications on here and their timelines, unfortunately they have also slipped. I am not planning on moving to Australia for 2 years, but timing of the grant will determine whether I have to fund a trip myself for validation or whether I can utilize a work trip to Sydney!
 

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We're now thinking about an additional Plan B to tide us over through the wait. I can't go over to Oz for long spells at a time because I'm self-employed and run a business singe handedly. I need to keep my business going until we get a decision regarding our PMV 300.

But my OH can't take as many hols as me because he is employed and only gets a certain number of days a year from his employer in Oz.

So it's money v time:(

Maybe wondering about the long service route for him as that would be a valid way of spending a decent period of time together while we wait, albeit in the UK instead of Oz.
 

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I guess that explains why even though we submitted medical and police checks back in March, we are still waiting for a decision. Been stuck on further assessment for 4 months now. I’m guessing if I called them would tell me absolutely nothing?
 

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Whilst I completely appreciate how 1 or 2 rogue applications can throw averages significantly (and I hope that's the case!), the fact that many of us had noticed, from various forums and facebook groups etc, a massive slowdown in 309s and suspected something was amiss even prior to the new processing times being released, make me think that it's perhaps not just 1 or 2 and that things have, for whatever reason, slowed generally across the boars.
 

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Hi All,

I submitted my application for the 309 visa offshore on 22nd April 2018 (decision ready with all medicals and police checks attached. We had a consultation with an agent and she recommended we do it this way, so we thought about it and accepted the risks associated with potentially having to repeat these)! She also mentioned that soon the process will be changing, where the sponsor must be approved before the applicant can submit anything, so it is worth applying ASAP if possible. However I understand this is something that has been rumoured for a while and as yet has come to nothing.

My boyfriend and I have lived together for almost two years now, and he is currently in the UK on a WHV, however this expires in August so he will be returning to Australia while I wait out the visa decision in the UK. Had money been no issue, we would have submitted much sooner but couldn't afford the visa costs right away. I may join him in Australia on a tourist visa towards the end of the year if we still haven't heard anything, so we can wait it out together. For me the most frustrating aspect of the process is the inability to plan anything!

Thanks for all of the advice made available on this forum, it has made a very stressful and time consuming process much less so!

Hope you all get the news you are waiting for soon :)
Hi there,

I am starting to lose hope that I will get my visa grant before November (when I was hoping to go to Australia to be back with my partner), and I am now planning on going over as a tourist to visit him for around 3 months while I wait. I was wondering if anyone on here knows what the rules are on me going to Australia on an eVisitor visa for 3 months whilst still awaiting a decision on the visa. I have read conflicting information online and wondered if anyone had any personal experience of doing this?

My main concerns are:

1) What is the best way to tell immigration that I have a visit planned as a tourist, if I don't yet have a case officer. Is it best to call, or upload a letter to immi account - if there is a problem will they let me know? My main concern is that it may be that my application still hasn't been looked at when I go so no one will really be aware of my plans until after the event, will that matter?

2) Will I get grilled at the border, or will they happily let me in as a tourist knowing I have another visa application in process? Obviously I want to be completely honest about my intentions (visiting my partner whilst awaiting a visa decision). I'm hoping to book a one way flight from the UK and an outward flight to NZ/Bali for 3 months later so they will see I intend to leave the country if I still haven't had a decision.

3) I have been told that if I apply for a tourist visa, it could cancel out my partner visa (if, for example, my partner visa gets approved and then the tourist visa comes through after - I know the possibility of this happening is slim but I'd like to avoid this worry altogether)? I imagine that the tourist visa would be approved in a matter of days - if I get the tourist visa, and then my partner visa is approved 1 month later, will the tourist visa be cancelled and replaced by the partner visa?

I have seen threads asking similar questions elsewhere, but felt like information is often conflicting. Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this question, but it seems relevant as so many of us are waiting for visas offshore, and may have no choice but to go to Australia on a tourist visa if wait times are truly extended and we want to see our other halves before 2019 rolls around!!!

Thanks for all your help, my partner goes back to Melbourne next week so I'm starting to feel stressed by the prospect of waiting out the decision in the UK for longer than planned :(

Faye
 

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Has anyone else got an email immigration that the processing time has been increased 21 to 26 months for a 309 partner visa? We applied for it offshore from UK in June 2017 and thought it was about to be granted as we have supplied all the documents requested by the case officer. We have provided all the information requested from CO and since 8th June we haven't had any reply at all.
😔😔😔😔
 

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Partner 309 – applied offshore via the London Office.

I'm British, husband Australian, married 30 years, two dual nationality children.

Submitted - 17.03.18 status "Received"
Sponsorship - 17.03.18 status "Submitted"
Medical Completed - 21.03.18 following automated request
Medical Clearance - 24.03.18
ACRO Police uploaded - 01.05.18

Processing time when I applied was 12-16 mths, subsequently increased to 11-13 mths and this week updated to 21-26 mths.

Just before I applied visas were being granted in three or four weeks. I've had no communication or case officer allocated so am at a loss to know what is happening.
 

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Yes same here, only 2 days behind you, and about 18 year less married. The best advice I have seen is not worry to much; 75% of applications finalised in less than 21 months. We are 4 months in already, so have 75% chance of being done in the next 17 months; and who knows? 50% of those might be done in 6 months.
 

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Partner 309 – applied offshore via the London Office.

I'm British, husband Australian, married 30 years, two dual nationality children.

Submitted 17.03.18 (status Received)
Sponsorship 17.03.18 (status Submitted)
Medical Completed 21.03.18 (following automated request)
Medical Clearance 24.03.18
ACRO uploaded 01.05.18

At the time my application was submitted many visas were granted in 3-4 weeks even though the processing times stated 11-13 months. They increased to 12-16 months and now stand at 21-26 months. I initially thought the increased times were for new applications but it sounds as if they affect even existing applicants. I haven’t received any communication or been allocated a case officer.
 

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We are unlucky too. Applied 18/12/17. Medical and police checks requested 10/3/18. medical and police checks all finalised by 2/4/18. Heard nothing since except logging in every day and watching estimated processing times change :( starting to lose hope. Wanted to be with my family by Christmas.
 

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Yes same here, only 2 days behind you, and about 18 year less married. The best advice I have seen is not worry to much; 75% of applications finalised in less than 21 months. We are 4 months in already, so have 75% chance of being done in the next 17 months; and who knows? 50% of those might be done in 6 months.
I know Jon, we must all stay optimistic. It's just so unsettling not knowing if it'll be months or years!

Good luck to everyone and apologies to somehow duplicating my post!
 

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Really similar times to you guys aswell.

Lodged, front loaded: Late April/Early May 2018
Flights booked for 28 Nov 2018, my UK WHV expires early Dec 2018

Looks like we will make a call on the visitor visa in October 2018 to ensure we can stay together, until then, we save like mad for the possibility of a husband out of work until the visa is granted. Bonus points for keeping an eye on the flights to Bali for when visa is granted! haha
 
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