Berlin office and still no c/o. it's driving us crazy!!

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Berlin office and still no c/o. it's driving us crazy!!


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Old 08-11-2011, 06:18 PM
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Berlin office and still no c/o. it's driving us crazy!!

Hi I'm wondering if anyone could please give me some advice. My husband applied for his partner visa at the Berlin office on 8th April 2011. It has now been just over 4 months and we haven't heard a word from them except when they took the money. I'm wondering if I should email them to check on our application or if we just need to be more patient?
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:29 AM
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my partner applied a month ago and we haven't been granted a CO either

they have emailed us to say that they received the application, and we sent them some extra information (without them asking) and they replied to say they received it.. but that's all.

if i were you i would give them a call and ask.. it can't hurt??

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Thanks Dan, I ended up emailing them this morning and got no reply. They are off on Monday so I hope I'll hear something from them on Tuesday.


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Thanks Dan, I ended up emailing them this morning and got no reply. They are off on Monday so I hope I'll hear something from them on Tuesday.
Tuesday ? Don't hold your breath


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they have usually responded to the emails we sent them in 1-2 business days... it is jut getting a CO that seems to take a while!

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Argh, I feel your pain! I really wish I knew what was going on in Berlin. Are they understaffed? Overworked?

Anyway, we are coming up to the 5 month mark with our application. No contact from Berlin at all.

A few weeks ago I changed jobs with a subsequent change to my income, so my partner (the applicant) sent through some updated payslips to assist with our application. We got a reply within a few hours confirming the email, and also confirming the name of our case officer (!!!), AND that we will have an update on the status of our application within the next week!

I can only suggest that perhaps contacting them with extra information for the application, and not just hassling them for an update, might just be the way to go about it.


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Hi everyone, I applied at the Melbourne office so this is maybe not directly relevant but when I handed in my application the guy said the waiting time is 6-9 months and told me that even when i get a CO they might not necessarily contact me so sit tight and be patient... He then told me if I haven't heard anything in nine months then chase them up but at this stage, no news is good news!! Don't get me wrong, I totally understand everyone's frustration, its horrible waiting and not knowing what is going on but unfortunately that seems to be all we can go!! Good luck everyone with your applications!!



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Hi Tjw5,

I guess people get a little more antsy when they make an offshore application as it is supposed to be a little faster (unless high risk) but mainly because it means time away from their partner. I think that you have given good advice about being patient but it seems that in some cases a tiny nudge hasn't been the worst thing. I've spent 9 months apart from my partner before (as have many on this forum) and to sit tight and know nothing for 9 months sounds like torture when you're separated from your loved one. I'm not looking forward to being apart again while our visa is processed. I will be patient but that doesn't mean I won't be on edge for the entire time while we're waiting


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9 months, hell!!

my partner called berlin today and she was in tears afterwards.... she thought the person was quite lacking in compassion :/

we are going to look into a student visa or tourist visa so that we can be together while we wait. if our circumstances would have allowed us to apply onshore we definitely would have, but unfortunately they didn't... so we are stuck in a pretty crappy situation.

does anyone any 'cost efficient' study options?? she has already spent more on a 1yr tafe course than i spent on a 3yr uni degree... spending big money on more education is a little hard to swallow.

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Hi dan,

I'm really sorry to hear that. The "beamte" people can be a little insensitive sometimes. The cheapest option I can think of is if she takes a uni course in Germany and does a year exchange. It's still not really cheap but cheaper than Australian uni fees. I met my partner when he was on study abroad and he only had to pay the fees he would normally pay in Germany (super cheap compared to Australia). Then again, I think it would be a bit of a long process applying and what not, so it may not be worth it in that sense. Has she already used up her working holiday visa? If not, that's about the fastest, cheapest option I know of. I think my partner had his approved in 2 weeks. If she already has a degree maybe she can just apply for a postgraduate diploma. They usually only last a year - once again, not a super cheap option but at the end of the year she'd have another piece of paper to her name. Sorry if none of these are helpful... just thinking off the top of my head.


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