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PMV subclass 300: does this look good?

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Old 07-31-2011, 02:02 PM
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PMV subclass 300: does this look good?


I am intending to marry a girl from china and have her move here to australia with me. Right now i live in sydney and she is in china. We recently put in an application for a subclass 300 prospective marriage visa, and i was wondering if the things that have happened so far are good signs.

Basically whats happened so far:
1. late 2010: one of my distant relatives who lives in china and is a good friend of my fiancee's mother organised for us to meet with the view for marriage if we were happy with each other.

2. march 2011: i flew over with my dad and grandfather to meet her and her family, i was there for about a week. we got to know each other and had a good time over the week. after i flew back, we have kept in contact using instant messenging and phone calls daily.

3. mid april 2011: we decided to get engaged. i lodged a 'notice of intended marriage' for october 2011 here in sydney. we started collecting the documents for the subclass 300 visa application. i think our application was really good in terms of making sure we didnt miss anything. it was definitely complete as it gets (we included a police check, but not the medical check as the website of the guangzhou diac office said not to do it until requested).

4. early june, 2011: application was lodged by her in person at the guangzhou diac office. she also had a bit of an interview (i didnt go with her since im in sydney) - she got asked questions about me, the application etc. i was a bit concerned with some of the questions - eg 'why hasnt he given you an engagement ring?' [because im in sydney and shes in china when we got engaged!], and if ive bought her any gifts [which i havent, because she refuses to accept any!]. also we havent known each other that long. despite this i think it went ok - at the end, my fiancee said the interviewer said something like 'it usually takes 10 months for the application, but since your notice of intended marriage is for oct 8, we will try to make things quicker'

5. the next day, later we got an email confirming the application was valid, a case officer assigned and asking her to go for a medical exam, after which she should send in her passport a few days later (as she needed it for id purposes to have the exam done). the medical was done in late june and a week later i emailed the officer to check that the medical results and passport had been received, but also added a question on how the application was going. the next day i got a quick reply simply saying 'yes we received it' and the 'application is being processed' (ie she didnt really give any clues)

The particular things i'm wondering about are in the last 2 points.
-it seems really encouraging that at the end of the interview, the diac officer said they would try to speed it up - or is this a generic comment that they tell everyone?

-also encouraging was the quick assigning of a case officer. i think lodging in person and doing the interview at the same time helped.

-they asked her to mail in her passport soon after the medical - again, is this a good sign or standard procedure? they asked for it to be mailed to them 'soon after' the medical - hypothetically, what if she wanted to go travelling and needed her passport over the next few months? so it seems they may process the visa quickly, otherwise they could have asked for it later when they are ready to approve the application. Or maybe its my wishful thinking!

Given the above, can anyone estimate how long the visa will actually take, given our specific situation? '10 months' seems to be a rather generic response and is an awful long time!

Thanks in advance for any input!

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