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Regarding the post about the CO rules, you are simply wrong, the rules did not mention anything about CO names being posted at the time (as one can see if you actually read the post). They were amended after by a moderator. So in reality, I corrected her, as she noted, not the other way around.

https://www.australiaforum.com/visa...ons-through-ottawa-canada-41.html#post1921795

This forum is a great resource with many contributors, though some seem to view it as their personal domain under the guise of "helping others", and it gets a little bit too cliquey among some of the regulars, often resorting to a pack mentality. You're entitled to your opinion, but that doesn't make you correct. I had just stated what she put in an earlier post, a far cry from being offensive. You clearly are not being objective.
As I stated before, it has always been a rule. Don't know why it wasn't listed when it clearly was when I first started on here, and obviously needed to be corrected again. There's no "cliquey"-ness going on. It's very clear that you took offense, rule listed or not. It's also very clear that you perpetuated the cycle and yes, after the disagreement on whether COs names were to be used or not, you became rude. Regardless, as I stated before, it's all in how you read and interpret the text. I am being objective. It's very simple to read what was written. It's also easy to look at your past interactions and you've made other comments in different posts that weren't always nice either. It's a public forum. It's for information. Keep it civil and pleasant. No need to be divisive or rude. Not sure why you want to keep it going. Enough already. Enjoy your visa and being with your partner.
 

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Made the timely updates here in an effort to keep me sane. This has been the most trying month of waiting of this entire process - it's been over a month since our RFI (we uploaded right away) and me having to return to the States has turned our lives upside down. I just don't know how I'll survive another possible 4 months of waiting.

We reached out to my partner's MP, and while they were timely in their response and helpful in reaching out to the Department for us, they came back with the same form response about applications being processed in the order they are received (which clearly isn't true) and that we are inside the processing time. It was worth a shot!

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): granted 3 September 2018

May 2017
A+K_OZ (309): granted 2 July 2018
Australia2019 (309): granted September 2018
Noone:*
Foreverwaitingg: granted July 2018
Lyndiz87 (309): granted 4 October 2018

June 2017
AnnainNYC (300): granted 6 September 2018
NYCSYD18: granted August 2018?
Space_Dog (309): notified 11 December 2018
Aztec: granted 17 January 2019
GJAussie: granted 2 August 2018

July 2017
Dannygolucky (309): notified 27 November 2019
Soccerplr (309): granted 9 January 2019
Mrob8538 (309): 309 & 100 granted 10 October 2018*
Global6 (309): 309 & 100 granted 1 December 2018
Kjmag (309): granted 18 December 2018

August 2017
Rdtrip (300): granted 18 October 2018
CBR2011

September 2017
Brownbear2 (309)
Jkbs (309): 309 & 100 granted 27 September 2018

October 2017
Keirangood
rmbnv (309): granted 6 December 2018

November 2017
MJAus!2018 (309): granted 14 January 2019
Jkl137 (309): granted 9 January 2019
Ladypilot (309)
Julzy (300): granted 12 December 2018

December 2017
MzSkeptica (300): granted 31 December 2018*
MrsL-D (309): granted 13 December 2018

January 2018*
Salmon1411 (309): granted July 6 2018
Ozbound3 (309)
Ash22 (300): Granted November 20 2018
Kayj (309): grant 15 January 2019

March 2018
JaneoOz
Tony121
Katemdf (309)
Watever16 (309)

April 2018 (309 processing time was 10 / 13 months)
YankeeAussie (300)
Pyrite (300)
BeeBee2 (309)
esiyah (309)
KTE711 (309)

May 2018 (309 processing time was 12 / 16 months)
Carcrashearts (309)

June 2018 (309 processing time was 13 / 18 months)
Wazza100

September 2018 (309 processing time was 13 / 17 months)
Nyctombe (309)
 

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Made the timely updates here in an effort to keep me sane. This has been the most trying month of waiting of this entire process - it's been over a month since our RFI (we uploaded right away) and me having to return to the States has turned our lives upside down. I just don't know how I'll survive another possible 4 months of waiting.

We reached out to my partner's MP, and while they were timely in their response and helpful in reaching out to the Department for us, they came back with the same form response about applications being processed in the order they are received (which clearly isn't true) and that we are inside the processing time. It was worth a shot!

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): granted 3 September 2018

May 2017
A+K_OZ (309): granted 2 July 2018
Australia2019 (309): granted September 2018
Noone:*
Foreverwaitingg: granted July 2018
Lyndiz87 (309): granted 4 October 2018

June 2017
AnnainNYC (300): granted 6 September 2018
NYCSYD18: granted August 2018?
Space_Dog (309): notified 11 December 2018
Aztec: granted 17 January 2019
GJAussie: granted 2 August 2018

July 2017
Dannygolucky (309): notified 27 November 2019
Soccerplr (309): granted 9 January 2019
Mrob8538 (309): 309 & 100 granted 10 October 2018*
Global6 (309): 309 & 100 granted 1 December 2018
Kjmag (309): granted 18 December 2018

August 2017
Rdtrip (300): granted 18 October 2018
CBR2011

September 2017
Brownbear2 (309)
Jkbs (309): 309 & 100 granted 27 September 2018

October 2017
Keirangood
rmbnv (309): granted 6 December 2018

November 2017
MJAus!2018 (309): granted 14 January 2019
Jkl137 (309): granted 9 January 2019
Ladypilot (309)
Julzy (300): granted 12 December 2018

December 2017
MzSkeptica (300): granted 31 December 2018*
MrsL-D (309): granted 13 December 2018

January 2018*
Salmon1411 (309): granted July 6 2018
Ozbound3 (309)
Ash22 (300): Granted November 20 2018
Kayj (309): grant 15 January 2019

March 2018
JaneoOz
Tony121
Katemdf (309)
Watever16 (309)

April 2018 (309 processing time was 10 / 13 months)
YankeeAussie (300)
Pyrite (300)
BeeBee2 (309)
esiyah (309)
KTE711 (309)

May 2018 (309 processing time was 12 / 16 months)
Carcrashearts (309)

June 2018 (309 processing time was 13 / 18 months)
Wazza100

September 2018 (309 processing time was 21 / 26 months)
Nyctombe (309)
While I really appreciate all the timeline updates, each time you post the processing time at the time of my application incorrectly - the processing was 13/17 months.

The 21/26 is completely incorrect for a 309 application and I think it's irresponsible to provide false information - would you mind making the edit? People shouldn't needlessly be concerned with a super long wait when it's incorrect. Thanks!
 

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Contacting Embassy

Hi there,

I applied in July 2018, and I have yet to hear anything from the embassy. Since there is a chance that the visa will be processed at any embassy, how does one go about contacting them to check in about updates or when a case officer will be assigned? Is there a contact number to call, or are we left to wait until they contact us? Thank you for your help.
 

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Basically it is a case of don't call us we'll call you!, if they need extra documentation they will contact you by email. They will also contact you if you haven't completed your medical.The days of being assigned a specific case officer are long gone. As for contacting them in regard to progress, most replies are generic, stating you are still within the time frame, which is currently 13 to 18 months.
 

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As I stated before, it has always been a rule. Don't know why it wasn't listed when it clearly was when I first started on here, and obviously needed to be corrected again. There's no "cliquey"-ness going on. It's very clear that you took offense, rule listed or not. It's also very clear that you perpetuated the cycle and yes, after the disagreement on whether COs names were to be used or not, you became rude. Regardless, as I stated before, it's all in how you read and interpret the text. I am being objective. It's very simple to read what was written. It's also easy to look at your past interactions and you've made other comments in different posts that weren't always nice either. It's a public forum. It's for information. Keep it civil and pleasant. No need to be divisive or rude. Not sure why you want to keep it going. Enough already. Enjoy your visa and being with your partner.
Okay, you have gone over the top with this last comment. You jumped into this fray and have had to get the last word in every time, and then you say I am perpetuating it?? Please don't reply to this or any other post of mine in future, enough of this nonsense.
 

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Okay, you have gone over the top with this last comment. You jumped into this fray and have had to get the last word in every time, and then you say I am perpetuating it?? Please don't reply to this or any other post of mine in future, enough of this nonsense.
Actually, I have been completely fair and not once made snide or rude remarks in all of this. At this point, you are saying I'm over the top; however, I simply explained what is extremely obvious to see from your responses, as you seemed to not see it. I will not be browbeaten nor intimidated. I've said basically the same to you...enough already. So, Thank you! I appreciate that and is all I've been asking. :) As I said before, I hope you enjoy your visa. Have a great day!
 

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can i send an email to department to grant us visa before my wedding anniversary which is after a month.. they have taken my interview before a week ago and requested for further documents
 

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Hey guys,

Been a while! I got hit with another RFI on Jan 23rd with a 2 week turnaround. Makes me hopeful my 300 will be approved soon but lowkey bummed that if I had what they requested beforehand, I would have had an early grant. Ah well. It's hard not to become optimistic about a February grant now

I planned my permanent move to Australia back in 2017 and can't believe it's slowly happening! Hoping for a move in the Spring. I wonder what life will be like a few years from now and how much I will miss my life here. Life has been good in the US.
 

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Sorry for the double post, but, quick quetion. I will be traveling to Australia for a short trip next month on ETA. Do I have to report or do anything regarding my 300 application? Thanks!
 

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A bit of an update and good to see some movement from our March 2018 application from the USA. Our application now shows Initial Assessment and my husband (US applicant) received an email requesting his medical (he already has an appointment for 15 Feb) and our divorce papers. We had supplied them in our initial uploads but not under the Divorce headings, so they might have got a little lost in all the other submissions. Today I resubmitted using the Divorce heading under each of our names.
Interestingly, we very recently submitted our FBI and US State checks and also my AFP check - although we weren't asked for these. We just took the gamble that ten months into the application it might be worth adding these. It might just be a coincidence that we submitted these and almost immediately received an email from the CO. Who knows?
In early January 2019, I also did an update on our lives since the initial application - travel, finances, major events etc. They may completely ignore this, but I doubt it would hurt (if what I've read from others counts).
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Kate


Applied for 309/100: 13 March 2018
Submitted both FBI Checks: late Jan 2019
Submitted sponsor's Aust NPC: late Jan 2019
CO contact: 1 Feb 2019 - request for medical and divorce documents
Submitted Divorce Docs: 2 Feb 2019
Submitted Medical: (soon - appointment Feb 15 2019)
309 Visa Grant:
 

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Hi All,

Nice to see so much action happening! We also have an update.

We got an RFI asking 1) sponsors birth certificate 2) Police certificates for state and FBI (already submitted)

I'm confused as to why they might be asking for the police certs when it has already been provided? How can we prove that my partner (American) has NOT lived in any other country for more than 12 months?

Anyone have some insight?
 

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We applied in March so we're hoping to hear something soon too!

Did you supply the FBI checks and the State checks for both of you?

Hi All,

Nice to see so much action happening! We also have an update.

We got an RFI asking 1) sponsors birth certificate 2) Police certificates for state and FBI (already submitted)

I'm confused as to why they might be asking for the police certs when it has already been provided? How can we prove that my partner (American) has NOT lived in any other country for more than 12 months?

Anyone have some insight?
 

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We applied in March so we're hoping to hear something soon too!

Did you supply the FBI checks and the State checks for both of you?
Hopefully you hear something soon too!

To answer your question, no, not for both. I'm an Australian citizen so just provided the AFP check for me. For my boyfriend, we did a "front-loaded" application meaning we provided the FBI and California state police checks at the time we put in our visa application.

I'm really confused why they're asking for the police checks they already have.....

I'm thinking might be asking for this because either it's just a mistake, or they think he has lived in other countries and other states in the U.S, which he hasn't.

So not sure how to tell them that. Should we call and tell them? Write a letter stating the polices checks have been provided and our supporting documents are evidence he has not lived in any other country or state..... :confused: HELP
 

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I'm the Australian sponsor too and also living in California : ) We we did State and FBI checks for me too as well as the AFP one. I'm wondering if they are asking for your State and FBI checks as the sponsor?

We applied in March so we're hoping to hear something soon too!

Did you supply the FBI checks and the State checks for both of you?
Hopefully you hear something soon too!

To answer your question, no, not for both. I'm an Australian citizen so just provided the AFP check for me. For my boyfriend, we did a "front-loaded" application meaning we provided the FBI and California state police checks at the time we put in our visa application.

I'm really confused why they're asking for the police checks they already have.....

I'm thinking might be asking for this because either it's just a mistake, or they think he has lived in other countries and other states in the U.S, which he hasn't.

So not sure how to tell them that. Should we call and tell them? Write a letter stating the polices checks have been provided and our supporting documents are evidence he has not lived in any other country or state.....
HELP
 

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I'm the Australian sponsor too and also living in California : ) We we did State and FBI checks for me too as well as the AFP one. I'm wondering if they are asking for your State and FBI checks as the sponsor?
That's really interesting! I didn't even consider doing the FBI and State check for me as the sponsor because I didn't read it was required anywhere. Whereas it is clearly stated as requirement for the applicant. The thing is, the RFI reads:

Request Detail
Other Requirements

Copy of your sponsor's birth certificate.
****So here, it's specifically highlighting it's for the sponsor, AKA me. So this makes sense****

Character requirements - Police Certificates

In order to be granted a visa for entry to Australia you must meet the character requirement. You must provide a police certificate from each country where you have lived for a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years (these 12 months are calculated cumulatively and need not have been consecutive)....
****If they wanted this for the sponsor, would't they say, sponsors police certificates? Also, being an Aussie citizen, I don't need a visa for entry into Aus as it mentions in the first sentence. The language here, to me, is referring the the applicant****

So it still leaves me wondering, what on earth are they looking for with the police certs, because they already have it!

Wasn't sure if someone else was in the exact same boat as me here in terms of the RFI docs. Reading other posts here, I know mistakes CAN happen, so hoping it's just that. But will try calling them on Monday to see if they can clarify over the phone.

But just in case, I will also look into doing the FBI and State check for me. So, thanks for sharing!
 

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I'm the Australian sponsor too and also living in California : ) We we did State and FBI checks for me too as well as the AFP one. I'm wondering if they are asking for your State and FBI checks as the sponsor?
That's really interesting! I didn't even consider doing the FBI and State check for me as the sponsor because I didn't read it was required anywhere. Whereas it is clearly stated as requirement for the applicant. The thing is, the RFI reads:

Request Detail
Other Requirements

Copy of your sponsor's birth certificate.
****So here, it's specifically highlighting it's for the sponsor, AKA me. So this makes sense****

Character requirements - Police Certificates

In order to be granted a visa for entry to Australia you must meet the character requirement. You must provide a police certificate from each country where you have lived for a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years (these 12 months are calculated cumulatively and need not have been consecutive)....
****If they wanted this for the sponsor, would't they say, sponsors police certificates? Also, being an Aussie citizen, I don't need a visa for entry into Aus as it mentions in the first sentence. The language here, to me, is referring the the applicant****

So it still leaves me wondering, what on earth are they looking for with the police certs, because they already have it!

Wasn't sure if someone else was in the exact same boat as me here in terms of the RFI docs. Reading other posts here, I know mistakes CAN happen, so hoping it's just that. But will try calling them on Monday to see if they can clarify over the phone.

But just in case, I will also look into doing the FBI and State check for me. So, thanks for sharing!
Get the police and FBI checks - my Australian husband sponsor is living here in NY, and as per our lawyer, it's needed to show he's of good character.
 

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Get the police and FBI checks - my Australian husband sponsor is living here in NY, and as per our lawyer, it's needed to show he's of good character.
Thanks @nyctombe and @JaneoOz! Sigh...looks like I will have to bite the bullet and get the checks done.

Is there a step-by-step guide/checklist on how to get FBI and CA State police checks done?
 
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