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thanks so much SWEDE! ya we will most likely cave and just do the check again. all the stuff i see on here i always just assume the worst like i lost an email and everything will go wrong. ha

CONGRATS NICOLE! and now that i see there is a march contact i think i should organize my medical soon.

And i see the link about state police checks, but before my holiday i went to the police station and they kept telling me they only organized fbi ones?!?
You need to look up the process for your state. For FL, it was as simple as printing a one page app and mailing it with a check. No prints required and no need to go to a police station (they prob wouldn't know how it's done anyway and even if they did, they wouldn't do it anyway because I just mail a form in).

Assuming you're in NY: Criminal History Records, Background Checks - NY DCJS
 

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My husbands and I sent our NY State Police check requests from Australia. We had our finger prints done at a police station in Victoria on the FBI finger print form which we printed out and brought to the police station.
 

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Hello everyone, just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm in Florida and my husband is in Perth. We lodged our 309 visa on January 29, 2018. My husband was denied a US visa a little over a year ago and we have been apart now for nearly 10 months. I was on a forum like this while we waited for the US visa and it helped to see others going through the same journey. Good luck to everyone still waiting! I'm really hoping this process does not take the full 11-15 months currently estimated but I am not really optimistic :( Does anyone know what the current time frame is in Washington? I've seen 12-15 months on here.. not sure how up to date that is.
 

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Hello everyone, just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm in Florida and my husband is in Perth. We lodged our 309 visa on January 29, 2018. My husband was denied a US visa a little over a year ago and we have been apart now for nearly 10 months. I was on a forum like this while we waited for the US visa and it helped to see others going through the same journey. Good luck to everyone still waiting! I'm really hoping this process does not take the full 11-15 months currently estimated but I am not really optimistic :( Does anyone know what the current time frame is in Washington? I've seen 12-15 months on here.. not sure how up to date that is.
It really depends on a lot of factors... for example, we tend to see a ton of grants just before the fiscal year ends (and then things go quiet for a few months before really picking back up. I would say 9-12 months for a 309 from the US would be a reasonable guess lately.

Expect the worst and hope for the best!
 

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thanks so much SWEDE! ya we will most likely cave and just do the check again. all the stuff i see on here i always just assume the worst like i lost an email and everything will go wrong. ha

CONGRATS NICOLE! and now that i see there is a march contact i think i should organize my medical soon.

And i see the link about state police checks, but before my holiday i went to the police station and they kept telling me they only organized fbi ones?!?
I was told by our local police station that I only needed, and they only do, theirs and the FBI as well which is why I hadn't done the state one. After following the link from Sky, I found the online state one as well.
 

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It really depends on a lot of factors... for example, we tend to see a ton of grants just before the fiscal year ends (and then things go quiet for a few months before really picking back up. I would say 9-12 months for a 309 from the US would be a reasonable guess lately.

Expect the worst and hope for the best!
Thanks! I guess we will see. Definitely not getting my hopes up too much though.
 

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Hi All,

I had a few questions on this and thanks in advance for the help. I am currently living in NYC with my girlfriend (I am an Aus citizen and she is American). Is there a checklist available on the forums of tips and tricks for what to include to make the process more seamless. I know there is something official on the homeaffairs website but something more unofficial.

Additionally police reports. When should we collate these is it better to submit this when the application is submitted. Have anyone used :> Approved FBI channelers (US citizens and permanent residents only) seems like it is quicker doing it via this route? And do we also need a local police report also in addition to the FBI and is it as simple as going to a police station in Manhattan to do this part?

Furthermore, for things like passports etc do we need a laywer to provide some sort of affidavit stating that all the scanned documents being provided are original? And what is the process to get documents certified?

Many thanks :)
 

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Hi All,

I had a few questions on this and thanks in advance for the help. I am currently living in NYC with my girlfriend (I am an Aus citizen and she is American). Is there a checklist available on the forums of tips and tricks for what to include to make the process more seamless. I know there is something official on the homeaffairs website but something more unofficial.

Additionally police reports. When should we collate these is it better to submit this when the application is submitted. Have anyone used :> Approved FBI channelers (US citizens and permanent residents only) seems like it is quicker doing it via this route? And do we also need a local police report also in addition to the FBI and is it as simple as going to a police station in Manhattan to do this part?

Furthermore, for things like passports etc do we need a laywer to provide some sort of affidavit stating that all the scanned documents being provided are original? And what is the process to get documents certified?

Many thanks :)
Hey,
Also NYC here.
I used accurate biometrics for my FBI check, they have an office by city hall. they are an approved channel from the list. It only took 2 days for the whole thing to be processed and receive the email.
NY state check is harder. i went to 1 police plaza as well as a local precinct but you cant do it in person. someone thankfully posted how to get it here about 2 pages ago in the blog.
If you scroll through a lot of the backposting of this thread there are lists of the documents people posted, how many witness statements, phone logs, texts, pics, etc.
I used color copies for my documents and brought them to a notary of the public here in the states (which isnt required for some of them but it was minimal cost so i did it anyway). if you plan to visit australia at all during your wait period i suggest holding off on certifying your documents until you are there as it is free or very inexpensive compared to the cost of the consulate here in nyc (its like 50$ per document?!?! what?!?!!)
 

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Hey,
Also NYC here.
I used accurate biometrics for my FBI check, they have an office by city hall. they are an approved channel from the list. It only took 2 days for the whole thing to be processed and receive the email.
NY state check is harder. i went to 1 police plaza as well as a local precinct but you cant do it in person. someone thankfully posted how to get it here about 2 pages ago in the blog.
If you scroll through a lot of the backposting of this thread there are lists of the documents people posted, how many witness statements, phone logs, texts, pics, etc.
I used color copies for my documents and brought them to a notary of the public here in the states (which isnt required for some of them but it was minimal cost so i did it anyway). if you plan to visit australia at all during your wait period i suggest holding off on certifying your documents until you are there as it is free or very inexpensive compared to the cost of the consulate here in nyc (its like 50$ per document?!?! what?!?!!)
Thanks so much :> criminaljustice.ny.gov was the one you used right? And I guess all of these are only valid for 12 months so probably doesn't make sense to do it till later. I can't use the non-FBI one as I am not a greencard/US citizen but my girlfriend is. Am surprised they make me do the same as the sponsor.

At what point do they usually ask to see a certified copy? And assume the notary public you sued here in the states didn't charge you $50 ha. The consulate charging that per document is completely insane. I guess it is just a way for them to make more $$.

It is disappointing that it seems to take so long right now for the partner visa. And looks like you have been waiting for a long time also.

Thanks again
 

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Hi All,

I had a few questions on this and thanks in advance for the help. I am currently living in NYC with my girlfriend (I am an Aus citizen and she is American). Is there a checklist available on the forums of tips and tricks for what to include to make the process more seamless. I know there is something official on the homeaffairs website but something more unofficial.

Additionally police reports. When should we collate these is it better to submit this when the application is submitted. Have anyone used :> Approved FBI channelers (US citizens and permanent residents only) seems like it is quicker doing it via this route? And do we also need a local police report also in addition to the FBI and is it as simple as going to a police station in Manhattan to do this part?

Furthermore, for things like passports etc do we need a laywer to provide some sort of affidavit stating that all the scanned documents being provided are original? And what is the process to get documents certified?

Many thanks :)
The applicant will need a state check and an FBI check. I used Accurate Biometrics as a channeler and had results in a week. I went to my local police station to do the prints and then mailed them in. If you as the sponsor have been in the US more than 12 months cumulatively in the last 10 years, you'll need an FBI check as well but you can only use a channeler if you're a permanent resident or citizen of the US. If you're neither, then you'll need to apply straight through the FBI which can take much longer. Even if you haven't been in the US 12 months in total, you will likely still be asked for one because you are living there.

Police checks are only valid for 12 months and US processing times are taking about that long. I would hold off and wait a few months after applying. Like I said, Accurate Biometrics was very quick.

If you apply online, there is absolutely no need to get certified copies of any documents. Certified copies are for mailed applications (which I'm not sure is even an option to apply anymore) because you clearly would not send in original documents so you'd send in copies of those documents instead. When applying online, all you need to do is upload good color scans.

Only the Form 888s need to be certified and even that is not a certified copy. The person who writes the form gets their signature certified (in other words, witnessed) to prove it was they that did the form. You'd still upload color scans of these originals.
 

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I hit 11 months today with no communication. Hoping to hear something in April :)

Good luck to everyone else waiting from the US!
 

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Just a little update from us....
Our application status now says "Assessment in Progress" as of today

PMV300
Lodged from USA 19th March 2017
Medical clearance November 2017
Police clearance (applicant) January 2018
Request for more info 20th February 2018
FBI clearance February 2018
Police clearance (sponsor) March 2018

Best of luck to everyone else as well!
 

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Yea Nicole, almost there!
 
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Just a little update from us....
Our application status now says "Assessment in Progress" as of today

PMV300
Lodged from USA 19th March 2017
Medical clearance November 2017
Police clearance (applicant) January 2018
Request for more info 20th February 2018
FBI clearance February 2018
Police clearance (sponsor) March 2018

Best of luck to everyone else as well!
Awesome, absolutely stoked for you. Hopefully that means we will have some contact soon as we applied 2 weeks before you.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the forum. I've read thru a lot of the pages in this thread and I'm so relieved to have people to talk to about this visa process.

We used an immigration agent to apply for our 309, my wife (US citizen) got a 3 year exclusion back in May 2017 for a 49 day overstay on a tourist visa, which gutted us as we had been so cautious to not break any visa rules but we misread the date of expiry on her tourist visa after we applied for a 12 month extension and were only granted a 3 month extension.

Our application was submitted in early October 2017. I just got back from a visit to the USA on Tuesday and the week prior we were asked to provide a local police check for my wife. Does this mean we have been assigned a case officer?

Any help with this would be great. Thanks in advance.
 

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Our application was submitted in early October 2017. I just got back from a visit to the USA on Tuesday and the week prior we were asked to provide a local police check for my wife. Does this mean we have been assigned a case officer?

Any help with this would be great. Thanks in advance.
Welcome to this patient little club! I would say that it is definitely a sign that someone is having a look at your case, although I don't know if it's a CO doing that or just someone pre-assessing the cases to see if important documents are missing.

In my case I found that any sign or communication was a good one. Personally, it's the zero communication that is the most grueling.

Fingers crossed for you!
 
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Thanks so much SwedeInNYC. OMG, the zero communication is doing my head in and I'm sure our immigration agent is sick of hearing from me! This visa thing is all consuming.... I literally can't even focus on life.
 

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WE JUST RECEIVED OUR PMV 300 GRANT!!!!
Still in shock :)
All the best to everyone else on here too!
 

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WE JUST RECEIVED OUR PMV 300 GRANT!!!!
Still in shock

All the best to everyone else on here too!
Big congrats, that's awesome!!
If you don't mind me asking, how long did it take from submitting the last police clearance to getting the grant?
 
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