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We just got our first contact from immi this morning (other than the seemingly automated "progressing" email). They want my (sponsor's) US state background check. I had submitted federal but hadn't read anything saying they'd want the state level too. I guess it's probably since I've been in the US so long.

I'm really mad at myself for not submitting it earlier "just in case", and also worried that we've been put back on the bottom of a pile now. I've seen a lot of people waiting a good 2 months or more after they submit additional information. My work contract expires in two months...

But I guess it's good news for the bunch of us overall as it means the US 309s are being worked on!

P.S. The letterhead does say Australian Embassy, Washington.
On the website, you can look up police clearance information and requirements for each country. The US one explains how to get the appropriate FBI one (such as approved channelers) and that a state one is required.

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/contact/offices-locations/usa

Scroll down to Police Check and click United States of America.

"'FBI Identity History Summary' issued by the FBI or an approved channeler and a State Police Clearance for each State in which you have lived for at least 3 months for the last 12 months."

You certainly don't go to the back of the queue. Some people get grants within hours of submitting required info.
 

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On the website, you can look up police clearance information and requirements for each country. The US one explains how to get the appropriate FBI one (such as approved channelers) and that a state one is required.

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/contact/offices-locations/usa

Scroll down to Police Check and click United States of America.

"'FBI Identity History Summary' issued by the FBI or an approved channeler and a State Police Clearance for each State in which you have lived for at least 3 months for the last 12 months."

You certainly don't go to the back of the queue. Some people get grants within hours of submitting required info.
I thought that was for the applicant though? On the 309 visa page, the sponsor documents police clearance section just says "If the sponsor has spent a total of 12 months or more outside Australia since turning 16, they must also provide a police certificate from any country, including their home country, that they spent a total of 12 or more months in the last 10 years." Since that said nothing about state I thought I was fine. But I guess the police clearances section you linked overrides mine? It'd be nice if the page I linked would direct to the page you linked. Oh, well.

Thanks for the reassurance regarding the queue after info is requested. I guess it's a mixed bag, like so much else!
 

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Yeah, it's for anyone that requires a police clearance from the USA, sponsor included. They expect you to go to the police clearance section of that country for information on what clearances you need.

The website is terrible.
 

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Forgive my ignorance.... I thought PMV was sent in directly and not through Washington? What am I missing here? I am just starting the process and dont want to get anything wrong. I have an IMMI account and been uploading.
What do you mean by "directly?" You application will be processed where you lodged it from. Did you lodge onshore or offshore?
 

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Hi all - wanted to let you know we applied on July 25, 2017 for 309 in the USA. No word yet and we did not receive the progress email that others have mentioned they have gotten. Thought this might be helpful for those tracking timelines like we are. Good luck to all!!
Hi! I also applied the exact same date as you in the US. We got our progress email on July 25th 2018 (exactly one year after submission) but haven't heard anything else. I called the immigration office to get a better understanding about what the email meant and they wouldn't give me a straight answer. Basically all they said is that it is a new auto email they set up to inform applicants that the application was still processing since the processing times have increased so drastically. So I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I'm not sure the email is actually signifiying any real progress. Anyway, I was wondering if you have since received the automated email and, if so, what date? And if you have received any good news yet? Fingers crossed!
 

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It's gone quiet again. Anyone heard of grants coming from Washington lately? I've seen a handful come through on Facebook but no Americans that I've noticed...
We just got our first contact from immi this morning (other than the seemingly automated "progressing" email). They want my (sponsor's) US state background check. I had submitted federal but hadn't read anything saying they'd want the state level too. I guess it's probably since I've been in the US so long.

I'm really mad at myself for not submitting it earlier "just in case", and also worried that we've been put back on the bottom of a pile now. I've seen a lot of people waiting a good 2 months or more after they submit additional information. My work contract expires in two months...

But I guess it's good news for the bunch of us overall as it means the US 309s are being worked on!

P.S. The letterhead does say Australian Embassy, Washington.
We had our first contact yesterday. 14 months and 1 day since we lodged our application. Status has now changed from "received" to "initial assessment".

We are in the same situation as they asked for my partners state police check. We had provided FBI but must've missed the state check of which we annoyingly need 2 states.

Question. My partner is currently with me in Australia. We are traveling around on holiday and he is on an ESTA visa. He is booked to go home at the start of October. Does anyone know if it's possible to get a US police check done in Australia, it requires fingerprints? We'd love to apply for it ASAP. We don't want to have to wait another month to apply or be forced to change his flight and cut our holiday short just for this one requirement.

Huge relief to finally receive anything from IMMI. I almost cried when I saw the email!!
 

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We had our first contact yesterday. 14 months and 1 day since we lodged our application. Status has now changed from "received" to "initial assessment".

We are in the same situation as they asked for my partners state police check. We had provided FBI but must've missed the state check of which we annoyingly need 2 states.

Question. My partner is currently with me in Australia. We are traveling around on holiday and he is on an ESTA visa. He is booked to go home at the start of October. Does anyone know if it's possible to get a US police check done in Australia, it requires fingerprints? We'd love to apply for it ASAP. We don't want to have to wait another month to apply or be forced to change his flight and cut our holiday short just for this one requirement.

Huge relief to finally receive anything from IMMI. I almost cried when I saw the email!!
Are you asking about the state checks being done from Oz? Most states shouldn't require fingerprints so start there by researching it. Mine just required a form and a check mailed in.

Prob best to get it sent to a friend or family member in the US as mail can take a long time to get across. Just have them scan in color and email you the PDF then upload from here.
 

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Are you asking about the state checks being done from Oz? Most states shouldn't require fingerprints so start there by researching it. Mine just required a form and a check mailed in.

Prob best to get it sent to a friend or family member in the US as mail can take a long time to get across. Just have them scan in color and email you the PDF then upload from here.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the reply. Yes the state police checks. I'm not sure what states don't require fingerprints but we need checks for California and Kentucky and they both do unfortunately. Thankfully I've managed to book an appointment to have fingerprints taken by the police here on Monday.

He needs to have 2 sets taken and we need to mail each to that states police department. They need to be originals. They will then mail the clearance back. Seems we can do it from Australia but not electronically. With all this snail mail it's not going to be quick but hopefully he will have his visa and be able to come back to Australia for good very soon. Relieved that this was all we had to provide and this last check is really just a formality!!
 

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I received an email from immi requesting more information. It seems most of the information requested has already been uploaded some time ago. Most pertains to a dependant who is 18 now, but was 17 when the application was lodged. The one thing that was not uploaded was a police report, which wasn't required at the time of lodgement i believe. The attached forms with the email says not to upload more than once, but also not to respond stating the documents have been uploaded. So what does one do in this situation?

Hopefully this email is good news in terms of the application being close to being granted (fingers crossed),but there is a timing issue which may be problematic. The dependant is in college and has surgery scheduled over the Christmas holidays so they would not be able to enter the country until next spring until school is finished. Is it possible to request this extension in the event they ask for entry to be sooner. Has anyone been in a similar situation. Can i communicate directly with the case officer on this matter. There is a first name and it's from the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

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I received an email from immi requesting more information. It seems most of the information requested has already been uploaded some time ago. Most pertains to a dependant who is 18 now, but was 17 when the application was lodged. The one thing that was not uploaded was a police report, which wasn't required at the time of lodgement i believe. The attached forms with the email says not to upload more than once, but also not to respond stating the documents have been uploaded. So what does one do in this situation?

Hopefully this email is good news in terms of the application being close to being granted (fingers crossed),but there is a timing issue which may be problematic. The dependant is in college and has surgery scheduled over the Christmas holidays so they would not be able to enter the country until next spring until school is finished. Is it possible to request this extension in the event they ask for entry to be sooner. Has anyone been in a similar situation. Can i communicate directly with the case officer on this matter. There is a first name and it's from the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Thanks
I would upload exactly what they requested into my immi account, and leave it at that. Hopefully with the police check the entry date would be 12 months from then but you'll have to wait for the grant to find out. You can always write a statement and upload to immi and hope for the best.
 

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Hi All,

Just thought I'd give a quick (or actually quite long) update on my status in case it helps anyone else. When I last left off, I had updated Home Affairs about getting married in July and made a request to change my 300 application to a 309. They then sent me an email at the end of July asking me to make a request to change my application. I did that again immediately. On August 10th, they then sent me an email saying my prospective spouse visa application had been withdrawn and about 45 minutes later sent a second email saying that I now had a spouse visa application.

On the same day, they sent a request for more information. For us, they were asking for a new AFP for my sponsor because his was more than a year old and also more evidence that our relationship was genuine and continuing with plans to live together. They wanted more evidence on our joint household, joint finances, etc. I felt a bit like we were in a Catch-22 situation because we have been in a long distance relationship since we met. We can't live together because we don't have proper visas but it seems like I can't get a proper visa because we don't live together. I responded two days later with a letter asking for more information as to what we should do because we can't provide evidence of a joint household or finances. I also offered more description about how we met, when we've seen each other, our plans for the future, etc. I offered to send many, many statutory declarations and statements from Americans about our relationship. I received a response that "couples who are currently not living together may be
required to demonstrate a 'high level of proof' that they are not living
separately and apart on a permanent basis."

We put together as much evidence as we could possible gather: more photos of our time together in Australia, the United States and at the wedding (all previously sent), more emails and cards sent between me and my husband, his parents to me, my parents to him, our parents to each other, wedding cards, engagement cards, etc. I sent them the receipt for my engagement ring, our wedding rings, our wedding, other purchases we've made for each other, explained again our plans for when we live together in Australia, updated and new statutory declarations (since our first three we done for June 2017 and I've been to Australia twice more since then and spent more time with the people who wrote the original ones we decided to update them), new notarized statements from lots of Americans, etc. I sent it all off to them on August 25th (it took that long to get the AFP check back) and now we wait again.

While I haven't necessarily gotten the answers I was hoping for, Home Affairs or the Embassy has been quite responsive once we moved into the category of my application being processed. I had a problem sending them some of my evidence and asked them to confirm receipt and got an extra email from them (in addition to automated emails) saying that got it - which I thought was really nice since I was anxious about it.

I did think it strange that they didn't ask me to update my medical or my FBI or New York State checks because all are over a year old. Maybe they were waiting to see if they'll decide our relationship is genuine and continuing with plans to live together?

I'm trying to remain optimistic.

Good luck to all who are still waiting and congratulations to all whose visas have been approved of late.

Anna

I need to figure out how to put something here that always pops up:
I applied for a perspective spouse visa on June 1, 2017.
We added my medical checks and both our police checks (AFP, FBI and NYS) all before August 8, 2017.
We got married on July 12, 2018.
My visa application was changed from 300 to 309 on August 10, 2018.
I got a request for more information on August 10, 2018.
I submitted more information on August 25, 2018...
 

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Hi All,

Just thought I'd give a quick (or actually quite long) update on my status in case it helps anyone else. When I last left off, I had updated Home Affairs about getting married in July and made a request to change my 300 application to a 309. They then sent me an email at the end of July asking me to make a request to change my application. I did that again immediately. On August 10th, they then sent me an email saying my prospective spouse visa application had been withdrawn and about 45 minutes later sent a second email saying that I now had a spouse visa application.

On the same day, they sent a request for more information. For us, they were asking for a new AFP for my sponsor because his was more than a year old and also more evidence that our relationship was genuine and continuing with plans to live together. They wanted more evidence on our joint household, joint finances, etc. I felt a bit like we were in a Catch-22 situation because we have been in a long distance relationship since we met. We can't live together because we don't have proper visas but it seems like I can't get a proper visa because we don't live together. I responded two days later with a letter asking for more information as to what we should do because we can't provide evidence of a joint household or finances. I also offered more description about how we met, when we've seen each other, our plans for the future, etc. I offered to send many, many statutory declarations and statements from Americans about our relationship. I received a response that "couples who are currently not living together may be
required to demonstrate a 'high level of proof' that they are not living
separately and apart on a permanent basis."

We put together as much evidence as we could possible gather: more photos of our time together in Australia, the United States and at the wedding (all previously sent), more emails and cards sent between me and my husband, his parents to me, my parents to him, our parents to each other, wedding cards, engagement cards, etc. I sent them the receipt for my engagement ring, our wedding rings, our wedding, other purchases we've made for each other, explained again our plans for when we live together in Australia, updated and new statutory declarations (since our first three we done for June 2017 and I've been to Australia twice more since then and spent more time with the people who wrote the original ones we decided to update them), new notarized statements from lots of Americans, etc. I sent it all off to them on August 25th (it took that long to get the AFP check back) and now we wait again.

While I haven't necessarily gotten the answers I was hoping for, Home Affairs or the Embassy has been quite responsive once we moved into the category of my application being processed. I had a problem sending them some of my evidence and asked them to confirm receipt and got an extra email from them (in addition to automated emails) saying that got it - which I thought was really nice since I was anxious about it.

I did think it strange that they didn't ask me to update my medical or my FBI or New York State checks because all are over a year old. Maybe they were waiting to see if they'll decide our relationship is genuine and continuing with plans to live together?

I'm trying to remain optimistic.

Good luck to all who are still waiting and congratulations to all whose visas have been approved of late.

Anna

I need to figure out how to put something here that always pops up:
I applied for a perspective spouse visa on June 1, 2017.
We added my medical checks and both our police checks (AFP, FBI and NYS) all before August 8, 2017.
We got married on July 12, 2018.
My visa application was changed from 300 to 309 on August 10, 2018.
I got a request for more information on August 10, 2018.
I submitted more information on August 25, 2018...
Unfortunately, once you married and changed your application from a 300 to a 309/100, you then have to be able to meet the criteria requirements for that 309/100. So they'll now be assessing your application based on the criteria for it. If you don't meet it, they won't grant it. Usually people take the 300 route because they don't meet those requirements for the de facto/spouse visa as the 300 requirements do not require having lived together or been de facto at any point.

Hopefully it all works out and you get your grant soon. Best of luck.
 

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Unfortunately, once you married and changed your application from a 300 to a 309/100, you then have to be able to meet the criteria requirements for that 309/100. So they'll now be assessing your application based on the criteria for it. If you don't meet it, they won't grant it. Usually people take the 300 route because they don't meet those requirements for the de facto/spouse visa as the 300 requirements do not require having lived together or been de facto at any point.

Hopefully it all works out and you get your grant soon. Best of luck.
Thank you. Hopefully we haven't made a terrible mistake by making decisions based on what felt right for us rather than what made sense for the visa.
 

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Hi all,
After 17 months of waiting my visa has finally come through!!!
We couldnt be happier.
Mine 309 came through, but not my 100 like many other people.
Cant complain, so happy to finally have this after such a long time waiting.
now we are looking through back entries about requirements for updating IMMI for the 100 part of the application.

stay hopeful everyone. 17 months had me almost broken but then it came through
 

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Hi all,
After 17 months of waiting my visa has finally come through!!!
We couldnt be happier.
Mine 309 came through, but not my 100 like many other people.
Cant complain, so happy to finally have this after such a long time waiting.
now we are looking through back entries about requirements for updating IMMI for the 100 part of the application.

stay hopeful everyone. 17 months had me almost broken but then it came through
Congrats! Can always ask to be considered. Some have been successful in getting the 100 after such a request when only the 309 came through.

But even if that's not successful, not too much longer until you get to supply for the 100 anyway!
 

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Congrats! Can always ask to be considered. Some have been successful in getting the 100 after such a request when only the 309 came through.

But even if that's not successful, not too much longer until you get to supply for the 100 anyway!
Sky, thanks!
Do you know how I would go about requesting that? All the other people Ive seen just go straight to 100 after waiting this long.
Ive never seen that in the forums before. Is it an email? form?

Thanks!!
 

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Sky, thanks!
Do you know how I would go about requesting that? All the other people Ive seen just go straight to 100 after waiting this long.
Ive never seen that in the forums before. Is it an email? form?

Thanks!!
I have no idea, but I've seen it several times on here. Most recently the grant came the next day before they even contacted them about it. I would contact them any way you can... An email should be on the footnote of the grant letter for wherever it was processed. Also you can try a contact us form somewhere on the website.
 

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Hi all,
After 17 months of waiting my visa has finally come through!!!
We couldnt be happier.
Mine 309 came through, but not my 100 like many other people.
Cant complain, so happy to finally have this after such a long time waiting.
now we are looking through back entries about requirements for updating IMMI for the 100 part of the application.

stay hopeful everyone. 17 months had me almost broken but then it came through
Congrats!!!! So exciting!!!!!!
 
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