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Hello All,

Just wanted to see if there are any others out there playing the same waiting game as me! Applied in Sydney, in person, for 801/820 visa on 22nd April 2010 and I have heard nothing so far.

I know I have to be patient and wait, but hearing nothing is so frustrating! I have found the advice on this forum so helpful over the past few months, it really is a fantastic source of info and comfort. Thanks!

Well...I guess I'll keep waiting!

Hannabelle
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Hello All,

Just wanted to see if there are any others out there playing the same waiting game as me! Applied in Sydney, in person, for 801/820 visa on 22nd April 2010 and I have heard nothing so far.

I know I have to be patient and wait, but hearing nothing is so frustrating! I have found the advice on this forum so helpful over the past few months, it really is a fantastic source of info and comfort. Thanks!

Well...I guess I'll keep waiting!

Hannabelle
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Hey Hannabelle,

I applied on the 20th of May 2010, no news till today apart from one letter sent to me by DIAC for medicare purpose and the letter is sent if DIAC needed more information however in my letter it was left blank so I am assuming DIAC do not require any further information from me.

So far after July the 1st, no news on any 820 being approve as yet. Fingers crossed. Good Luck!
 

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Hey guys,
Just wondering if you have had any news?? My partner me and myself handed in his application to adelaide office in May and havent heard anything. He rang immi a month ago and they said it will be another 6 months. Arghh!
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Hey guys,
Just wondering if you have had any news?? My partner me and myself handed in his application to adelaide office in May and havent heard anything. He rang immi a month ago and they said it will be another 6 months. Arghh!
Saly
same thing with Sydney office. Called recently and they told me its in the process of getting a CO. so far no news ever since May.
Kinda frustrating.
 

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There's a few things happened in recent times that'll be affecting processing of visas.
1. Allocated or government budgetted number for last financial year was apparently actually being approached a couple of months prior to the end of the financial year from what it seemed with advice some applicants who have posted about it received.
Flow on from that was a hold being put on application processing then and thus something of a backlog to start the new year off.
2. At the same time, it is quite likely that to manage that situation, the word has gone out to pace the processing of applications so as the years budgetted number is spread evenly over the whole year and that'll mean effectively slowing processing.
There has been some indication of that with some information indicating longer times though at the same time there have been some processing times of what could be considered more normal and as always the odd very short processing time .
3. The other factor that could be affecting all visas across the department is that an influx of people arriving via people smugglers is continuing and that means a lot of resources get tied up in processing claims for asylum.
Some staff may have been assigned duties for that and less available for all the regular visas.
Immigration was also an issue discussed a bit during the election we have just had but that in itself has not changed budgetted numbers and processing times other than I would not be surprised if discussions have occurred at ministerial/department head levels re all applications to be more stringently examined.
 

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hey guys, i heard that usually it takes 4 months to hear about your case officer (eg. whose your case officer is etc etc) but in the receipt it is written that it is going to takes 6 - 8 for the process to be complete or longer if the case is more complicated. I know there are some people got their visa less than 3 months so i guess its different for everyone. As for me, i submitted mine 3 - 4 weeks ago and still hear nothing at all. yeah it wasn't long ago i know so i am trying not to think about it.I called immigration to ask about bridging visa yesterday and while they went to my record to give me the best answer about my bridging visa, they told me that my partner visa is still sitting in the queue.
 

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Hello,
Still no news for me either, I called today today to check what's going on and was told to continue to be patient as I would be assigned to a CO as soon as possible. The person I spoke to also said that the Dept was really backlogged at the moment so the wait was likely to be closer to 8 months rather than 6 which was what they were told to tell applicants a few months ago. Am hoping I will get some news before December as have tickets booked to go back to the UK for Christmas and don't want to have to pay to get a reentry permit!
Patience is a virtue I guess...:)
Will post on here if I hear anything.
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If you are here waiting for your visa and your previous one has expired or expires before the partner visa is granted, you'll be on a Bridging Visa A and to go overseas you'll need to see about a Bridging Visa B.

Just on times, there was on news today a reference to Immi looking to re-inforce their staffing via using people from other departments and that being linked to resources needed for asylum seekers processing.
The use of less experienced people will likely slow things down as all applications have to be strictly processed in accordance with regulations and public servants [ people worrking for government departments ] are generally regarded as sticklers for following the rules.
 

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Hi All,

I applied for my visa on 16th September by submitting it to the Sydney office in person. I received an e-mail yesterday (20th September) acknowledging my application and asking for an additional police check that I did not submit. However the e-mail also stated who my CO was. Did you guys receive a CO in your receipts as well?
 

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Hi All,

I applied for my visa on 16th September by submitting it to the Sydney office in person. I received an e-mail yesterday (20th September) acknowledging my application and asking for an additional police check that I did not submit. However the e-mail also stated who my CO was. Did you guys receive a CO in your receipts as well?
Hmm, you got lucky then, ive been waiting for a month and haven't heard about who my co is until now, so does everyone else i guess. they gave me 2 receipts (in person) once i handed in my applications. one is the receipt of the payment and the other one is the receipt of the application (there is no name of who my co is, just client number and case number) and bridging visa. went to the immigration a week after to submit some additional documents and i got given a receipt of that applications and went to immigration again yesterday (21-09-2010) to submit my medical check up result and didn't hear a word from them. i was asking for the receipt of my medical check up but he said i don't need one. i am a bit worried that they might lose my medical result but i didn't have the courage to force him to give me one.
but yeah i have no idea who my co is until now.

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Hi All,

I applied for my visa on 16th September by submitting it to the Sydney office in person. I received an e-mail yesterday (20th September) acknowledging my application and asking for an additional police check that I did not submit. However the e-mail also stated who my CO was. Did you guys receive a CO in your receipts as well?
Hi,

I was not given the name of my CO, just the name of the guy at the Sydney office that I was able to contact until I was assigned a CO, not that I have found him to be very helpful seeing as he must process so many every day!

Really frustrated with the whole thing, 12 months is now what some people have been told? ! Does anyone know if that means I will not be able to work for my company after 6 months (I was on a whv until I got my Bridging visa)?

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A bridging visa usually allows for maintaining the same rights your existing visa has and in fact you will be on your WHV until it expires and it is only then that a bridging visa starts.
If you want to be able to work for the employer for more than six months, you can go to Immi and ask for permission, something in way of support from the employer may help but do not be surprised if you are refused for the whole idea of a WHV is to work a bit while you have a holiday and not to be a fulltime worker.
 

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Check with immi. From what they told me the other day. if you cancel the WHV yourself you get put on a bridging visa E. You can then apply for the conditions to be changed to allow you to work but you have to be suffering financially. only problem is that you cant then apply for a bridgin visa B to allow you to leave the country. if you do leave while on a visa E you can only come back in as a tourist. like i said ask immi this is what they told me but im on a 457 not a WHV
 

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Hey I got told that you can waive the no work restriction if you want to but only if you have financial hardship. I was planning to do it because I'm going crazy if I have to do nothing for 8months or even a year especially then my partner have to make our living him self until then but then they tolf me that I have to get someone else to do assurance of support for me. Then I was thinking about the impact, I don't want them to turn down my visa because they think my partner won't be able to support us financially and I'll become a burden of this country.
 

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Hey All,

An interesting phone call today with Immi, might be worth you phoning too. I was told that I was assigned a case office on 3rd August! News to my ears I told the very friendly lady from Melbourne! I have spoken to them at 3 times since then and have been told that I was still in the queue for a case officer! Not sure what to think now...

Anyone else had a similar experience?
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Hi All,

I applied for my visa on 16th September by submitting it to the Sydney office in person. I received an e-mail yesterday (20th September) acknowledging my application and asking for an additional police check that I did not submit. However the e-mail also stated who my CO was. Did you guys receive a CO in your receipts as well?
Hi, just read at the other post that you got your visa already. Congratulation, you are one of the lucky one. your process was quick like really quick. first you got your co soon after and now you got your visa in less than 2 months. i noticed that there are some other applicants who applying onshore in sydney months ago but didn't even heard back about their case officer until now. just wonder if you have a special case or something. maybe you can share with us so we have a little more ideas of the situation that caused the delay of our visa.

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Hey Guys,

Just thought I'd update you on the Sydney application saga! I have now been waiting coming up to 7 months and still no case officer and have had to put in an application for a Bridging Visa B as I intend to go back home to the UK for Christmas. I rang today Immi today to check where to send this application and was told that it is not certain I will be granted it, I must provide 'compelling' reasons for wanting to travel! I hadn't been told this before and wondered if anyone else has any idea how strict they are? Is going home to see my family at Christmas with my husband compelling enough?! The guy also said that by traveling overseas I will almost certainly cause a delay to processing of my application as it cannot be granted while I am out of the country.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

(A very anxious) Hannabelle
 

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Hey Guys,

Just thought I'd update you on the Sydney application saga! I have now been waiting coming up to 7 months and still no case officer and have had to put in an application for a Bridging Visa B as I intend to go back home to the UK for Christmas. I rang today Immi today to check where to send this application and was told that it is not certain I will be granted it, I must provide 'compelling' reasons for wanting to travel! I hadn't been told this before and wondered if anyone else has any idea how strict they are? Is going home to see my family at Christmas with my husband compelling enough?! The guy also said that by traveling overseas I will almost certainly cause a delay to processing of my application as it cannot be granted while I am out of the country.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

(A very anxious) Hannabelle
hey, i applied for bridging visa b the other day (like 2 months ago) they gave me 1 month bridging visa b multiple travels and offered 3 months visa but i told her that i am fine with 1 month visa. my reason was that my mom was sick and i wanting to go home,and they didnt ask for any supporting documents or proof (thou i already have all the proofs with me just in case) she granted my visa in less than 5 minutes, no questions asked at all and i was asking about my de facto visa, if its going to effect my visa, and she said, they will contact me should they need me to submit anything or if they need to see me and if i am not mistaken i have 28 days to get back to them.so even if i was overseas when they were trying to contact me, i should be alright.

hope this information helps a little bit

cheers
 
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