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Add me to the list as well. Applied March 2018 and been together for 5 years.

Quick question - did everyone get a state police check done as well as the FBI check? My agent only told me to do the FBI one and we have lived in NYC for over 2 years?
Applied April 2018. I've only done my medical so far. Thinking I will do my security check in October. Since visas are taking well over 1 year I'll probably have to do my medical again.. Ugh... So I'm waiting to do my security so it will last a bit longer! From what I've read in this thread. They ask for both FBI and state. That's what I'll be doing.
 

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Users Redleg33 (Applied March 2017), Mattsfoot (applied April 2017), Ronniedee (applied April 2017), A+K_OZ (applied May 2017), Aztec (applied June 2017) and me (Applied June 2017) all received the "application in progress" email on July 1st or 2nd.

Of those, everyone but me and Aztec has posted that their visa is granted. Aztec only has one post on these forums so who knows if they have any update or not.

So, it seems like the email is a good sign and maybe it means they are looking at your application? Who knows.
Hi, I rarely check this forum, but in regards to your list, I have not received the grant or any further correspondence. The global processing time on my immi-account has been changed to 21-26 months also.
 

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Hi all

Add me to the list as well. Applied March 2018 and been together for 5 years.

Quick question - did everyone get a state police check done as well as the FBI check? My agent only told me to do the FBI one and we have lived in NYC for over 2 years?
Not sure why you were told only FBI when state checks are also required for any state lived in for at least 3 months in the last 12 months at time of application.

Scroll down to "Police Checks" and click the USA link for the drop down info: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/contact/offices-locations/usa
 

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After seeing the processing times blow out to 21 months for 309/100s, I've contacted my local member of Federal Parliament. Will update if this makes a difference.

this kind of delay is just completely unacceptable. There is an election coming up very soon. I would advise anyone not happy with their partner's visa processing time to call and email their local member RIGHT NOW and make their voice heard. It's our only mechanism to voice our displeasure. Get your relatives to do the same. This is literally tearing families apart, and families are supposedly always very important to this government...
 

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After seeing the processing times blow out to 21 months for 309/100s, I've contacted my local member of Federal Parliament. Will update if this makes a difference.

this kind of delay is just completely unacceptable. There is an election coming up very soon. I would advise anyone not happy with their partner's visa processing time to call and email their local member RIGHT NOW and make their voice heard. It's our only mechanism to voice our displeasure. Get your relatives to do the same. This is literally tearing families apart, and families are supposedly always very important to this government...
Just an update, my local member just called personally to discuss our situation. i only sent the email about an hour ago. I'm not holding my breath as to it making much difference, but at this point i feel like its better than not doing anything at all.
 

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Just an update, my local member just called personally to discuss our situation. i only sent the email about an hour ago. I'm not holding my breath as to it making much difference, but at this point i feel like its better than not doing anything at all.
My partner and I met with our local who said they would enquire about it and call us back, but that was 2 weeks ago and we have heard nothing. Will follow up this week.
 
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My partner and I met with our local who said they would enquire about it and call us back, but that was 2 weeks ago and we have heard nothing. Will follow up this week.
I also am incensed that this process is taking so long. I wonder how many relationships can survive a 2-year separation. I've been considering contacting my member too, although I'd hate for it to get me a black mark on our application.

I'm very interested in the outcome of your contact with your local member.
 

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I just saw the new processing times. I know they can change and likely will but 18 to 23 months is devastating and ridiculous. $7000+ per application and they cannot process them any faster?

We had plans of getting a W&H visa in a few months and wait out the time together, but now we aren't so sure. There is a chance his W&H visa would expire before the PMV is processed despite applying in April!
 
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Only an estimated 15% will take between 18-23 months. It's also a global processing time so not indicative of times out of the US, though they are taking longer and longer. US applicants are fortunate in having several easy options to visit Oz and be together. As for the W&HV, there's always the option for a second year.

Many applicants don't have the option to be together at all and processing times from their countries can be even longer.
 

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I just saw the new processing times. I know they can change and likely will but 18 to 23 months is devastating and ridiculous. $7000+ per application and they cannot process them any faster?

We had plans of getting a W&H visa in a few months and wait out the time together, but now we aren't so sure. There is a chance his W&H visa would expire before the PMV is processed despite applying in April!
It is so very frustrating. Our 3 children's citizenship by decent paperwork was approved in 2 weeks!!! There just seems no rhyme or reason why they can have spouse visas processed in under 6 months tops!!!! We are also considering for myself just to obtain a tourist visa and then would have to leave once it finally is approved to finalize it up. Just feel so in limbo!
 

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Just logged in and almost had a heart attack..

I can't believe processing times are up to 21 to 26 months now - WHAT THE? I am 8 months pregnant and living in the US and REALLY want to move home after the baby arrives and now I have to wait 1.5 YEARS? This is an outrage. Any ideas what I can do to expedite? My husband is a US citizen and has lived in Oz before for 2 years on a working visa so I don't understand why it has to take so long.
 

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Has anybody applied in June 2017, got the email from Home affairs that "Your partner application is progressing" and has got a visa grant or has heard anything further.

I have received the email on 15 July and still waiting for the grant.
 

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Hi,

Has anybody applied in June 2017, got the email from Home affairs that "Your partner application is progressing" and has got a visa grant or has heard anything further.

I have received the email on 15 July and still waiting for the grant.
Received the "application is progressing"last July 01 l, and still no update today. Lodged my app on May 22.
 

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Users Redleg33 (Applied March 2017), Mattsfoot (applied April 2017), Ronniedee (applied April 2017), A+K_OZ (applied May 2017), Aztec (applied June 2017) and me (Applied June 2017) all received the "application in progress" email on July 1st or 2nd.

Of those, everyone but me and Aztec has posted that their visa is granted. Aztec only has one post on these forums so who knows if they have any update or not.

So, it seems like the email is a good sign and maybe it means they are looking at your application? Who knows.
Hi,
I have not had any more updates from immi, so still waiting.
 

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Hello All,
I haven't been watching the forum for a few weeks. My hubby is visiting me here in the US and I've been enjoying our time together. It seems I've missed out on some developments. The new processing times are quite a shock. I have updated my list. I have a few questions for those that have posted on this thread but I am unclear if they applied from the US or not (I have heard grumblings that processing from the nearest embassy may be a thing of the past, so that might not matter). If you can help me update the list, that would be great. I'm curious about our February and March people from 2017. If you are reading this, will you please comment? Anyway, my husband and I are tired of living apart, so I am going to Australia to live with him in October. Also, JTeam was a bit frustrated by this process back in April. I haven't checked to see if he's logged in lately, but I hope all is well with him and his wife - I think they were living apart. Also Aussiegrrl, when did you apply? I don't think you are on the list. I'm feeling for you. Best wishes for you and the baby.

It sure would be nice if the timelines worked on this website. It worked very well back in January. I've reported it and I haven't had any luck. I miss it! Hopefully, someone can work on it and bring it back.

Just a side note: I looked into transporting my Shih Tzu/Poodle mix (about 10 lbs) to Adelaide. Because of the strict laws, I contacted a transporting agency. It was $11,000 ($4,000 for ground transport because he is a snubbed nose breed and $7,000 for the flight from LA to Adelaide plus quarantine). Ugh! I guess he's going to be staying with my parents. Luckily, they love him.

December 2016
SwedeinNYC: granted March 2018

January 2017
Rnnomad: granted 26 March 2018

February 2017
AussieNYank: (300?)2/17/17 granted 26 April 2018
Deebs

March 2017
Nicole-PMV300: granted March 2018
Minesapint: granted 26 March 2018
Cardude151
#62Aussie
Redleg33: granted 3 July 2018
Oyetoba

April 2017
Mattsfoot (309): granted 2 July 2018
Ella77(309): granted 26 March 2018
Ronniedee(309): granted 5 July 2018
NYCtoAus(309)

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A+K_OZ (309): granted 2 July 2018
Noone: did you apply in the US?
Foreverwaitingg: did you apply in the US?

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AnnainNYC (300)
NYCSYD18
Space_Dog (309)
Aztec: did you apply in the US?
Chnaveedakhtar (309)

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Dannygolucky
Soccerplr (309)
Mrob8538 (309)

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Rdtrip (300)
CBR2011

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Brownbear2 (309)

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Keirangood

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MJAus!2018 (309)
Lady.pilot (300)
Julzy (300)

December 2017
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Salmon1411 (309) granted July 6 2018
Ozbound3 (309)
Ash22

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JaneoOz
Tony121

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YankeeAussie (300)
Pyrite
BeeBee2 (309)
esiyah (309)
KTE711 (309)

May 2018
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June 2018
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Thanks MJAus!2018. We submitted the application in April 2018, submitted medical checks May 2018. Currently no movement. I called Immigration in Australia and they couldn't offer an explanation for the increase in waiting times. They said one option would be if my husband got sponsored by a company for work in Australia, and then he could work there while the application is processing, but he'd have to leave the country for when the decision is made.
Super frustrating and depressing. I did want to be back in Australia with my little one and husband by mid next year.
 

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Hello All,
I haven't been watching the forum for a few weeks. My hubby is visiting me here in the US and I've been enjoying our time together. It seems I've missed out on some developments. The new processing times are quite a shock. I have updated my list. I have a few questions for those that have posted on this thread but I am unclear if they applied from the US or not (I have heard grumblings that processing from the nearest embassy may be a thing of the past, so that might not matter). If you can help me update the list, that would be great. I'm curious about our February and March people from 2017. If you are reading this, will you please comment? Anyway, my husband and I are tired of living apart, so I am going to Australia to live with him in October. Also, JTeam was a bit frustrated by this process back in April. I haven't checked to see if he's logged in lately, but I hope all is well with him and his wife - I think they were living apart. Also Aussiegrrl, when did you apply? I don't think you are on the list. I'm feeling for you. Best wishes for you and the baby.

It sure would be nice if the timelines worked on this website. It worked very well back in January. I've reported it and I haven't had any luck. I miss it! Hopefully, someone can work on it and bring it back.

Just a side note: I looked into transporting my Shih Tzu/Poodle mix (about 10 lbs) to Adelaide. Because of the strict laws, I contacted a transporting agency. It was $11,000 ($4,000 for ground transport because he is a snubbed nose breed and $7,000 for the flight from LA to Adelaide plus quarantine). Ugh! I guess he's going to be staying with my parents. Luckily, they love him.

December 2016
SwedeinNYC: granted March 2018

January 2017
Rnnomad: granted 26 March 2018

February 2017
AussieNYank: (300?)2/17/17 granted 26 April 2018
Deebs

March 2017
Nicole-PMV300: granted March 2018
Minesapint: granted 26 March 2018
Cardude151
#62Aussie
Redleg33: granted 3 July 2018
Oyetoba

April 2017
Mattsfoot (309): granted 2 July 2018
Ella77(309): granted 26 March 2018
Ronniedee(309): granted 5 July 2018
NYCtoAus(309)

May 2017
A+K_OZ (309): granted 2 July 2018
Noone: did you apply in the US?
Foreverwaitingg: did you apply in the US?

June 2017
AnnainNYC (300)
NYCSYD18
Space_Dog (309)
Aztec: did you apply in the US?
Chnaveedakhtar (309)

July 2017
Dannygolucky
Soccerplr (309)
Mrob8538 (309)

August 2017
Rdtrip (300)
CBR2011

September 2017
Brownbear2 (309)

October 2017
JTeam (309)- has not been online since April
Keirangood

November 2017
MJAus!2018 (309)
Lady.pilot (300)
Julzy (300)

December 2017
MzSkeptica (300)

January 2018
Salmon1411 (309) granted July 6 2018
Ozbound3 (309)
Ash22

March 2018
JaneoOz
Tony121

April 2018
YankeeAussie (300)
Pyrite
BeeBee2 (309)
esiyah (309)
KTE711 (309)

May 2018
Carcrashearts (309)

June 2018
Wazza100
Hi, I just took our Shih tzu from New York to Sydney. I did it all myself. it was a long process, and you have to be very organised to do it with an eye for detail. You can't just trust the vet will remember every step, or to fill out the paper work exactly right every time (especially if they've not done Australia before), so you have to be on it and pushy. Anyway, it is more than possible to import the dog yourself and save a TON of money. it just requires planning. and you have to be prepared for at least one stuff-up. (the vet incorrectly filled out the final document that the USDA needed to endorse, literally two days before export! i had to drive all the way to Albany and back to resubmit the paper work in a rented car (we had already sold our car at the time....)). anyway, doing it yourself will save you A LOT of money. all i paid for was the airfare (about USD1000 with Qantas i think, LA to Melbourne), the quarantine stay (AUD1500) the import cert (about AUD500 from memory) and various tests and shots throughout the process which i would estimate came to about USD2000 all up.
 

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Can you add me to the waiting list timeline, please?

I'm an Australian engaged to a Chinese girl whom I met on fb in late 2013.

We have had 2 holidays together in Thailand and Vietnam, then she came to live with me for a year on a WHV. We applied for an offshore PMV (300) in March and since then, I've been to China to stay with her for a wonderful fortnight.

We are finding this delay so cruel and I wish I had ignored the advice of the migration lawyer to apply offshore.
If we had applied onshore, at least we would have been able to be together while waiting.

We're planning to apply for a visitor visa so that she can come to stay for as long as possible and hope we get a long one granted to make it worthwhile to give up her job in China.
 
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