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Hello everyone I just got off the phone with my migration officer and he said due to the elections the law has changed and they are only doing 500 spouse visas a month and worldwide we applied in august ours would be well into Jan next year that's 6 months has anyone heard of this? I have applied through the london office I'm Australian wife English. I also noticed that it takes a average of 4 months but now with him saying that it's thrown us off track and on hold.
 

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By migration officer, do you mean an Immigration agent?
And laws do not get changed just because of an election, especially when you have the same party in government.
The Immigration budgetted number is available of the web site and if such a significant change from about 60,000 down to 6000 was to occur, an announcement by Immi would be made.
Do ask you agent or whatever where that advice is in black and white and if he can not support what you claim he has said, it says something does it not!
 

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Hello wanderer as you have seen by my previous posts We have applied for our visa from august asked for more information by our case officer then we sent him what he needed. We called around a month ago and case officer said he still has not had time to look at all the file but things look good from where he was sitting. That was a month ago. We called our agent that we used and he said that they have put caps on sice the elections to 500 a month worldwide now I found this very weird that's why I came on here to see if anybody had heard of this. I know what you say is true but this is serious And I have paid for a professional more fool me. I also know by your wonderfull and helpful website that it's around 4 to 5 months for a spouse visa average so I'm not expecting it to change but it really annoys me I have paid a agent for bullxxxxx advice I don't want to bother the c/ o incase I annoy him so I just have to wait. We do really have to get to oz but I can't risk sending furniture our dog etc then something goes wrong. Thanks for your help wanderer I just wish we had a crystal ball.
 

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Some people have posted recently about visas taking longer or being advised that they may and that is quite possible for various reasons and so it is just a case of being patient and supplying any extra information they request.
It is in your hands if you want to dump the agent and then you can get advice direct to yourself.
 

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Hi wanderer yes my wife said we should just dump him as he is useless And sice taking our money even more so. I even asked him if we go over on a tourist visa and we can then wait there and go offshore when we get it what will happen by some chance if she doesn't get the visa can we appeal from within Australia and wait till a decision and he said don't worry she will get it let's not get into things like that but surely he should know all the answers he gets paid for advising people. Thanyou again for your time wanderer.
 

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Hello wonderer thanks for all your help so far. We received an e mail from our migration agent which he received from our case officer. The case officer said he can't guarantee the visa will be granted yet as he is doing his assessments and waiting for some internal checks to be finalised.
This has left us a little confused! What do you think internal checks are?? If you have any idea that would be a great help! We don't know wether to take it positively or not.
Thanks any help to understand this is greatly appreciated.
 

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I think that you just take anything secondhand as general advice that processing of the visa takes time and there is never ever anything like a guarantee and it is a case of a visa either being granted or rejected.
Best approach is just to let the process occur.
 

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Your definately right wanderer I have read this forum top to bottom with all sorts of cases it's just that these people have all of our lives in there hands playing with your future I'm happy when I see visa granted for alot of people but it's frustrating the not knowing and the playing that goes in your mind did I send enough info? Could I have sent something else etc. The c/o also sent a follow on reply to our agent saying the earliest was 13 Jan that we would get a reply 5 months exactly after our lodgement in august and if we have provided enough evidence that we are a legit couple the visa will then only be granted. It's such a long proccess and your mind always thinks something may go wrong.
 
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