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457 Subsequent Entrant Processing times? Can I speed it up?

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Old 02-15-2015, 02:05 AM
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457 Subsequent Entrant Processing times? Can I speed it up?

Hello all,

I'm just wondering on the processing times for a subsequent 457 visa. I've had to leave Australia and apply off shore as my bridging visa whilst waiting on an MRT did not permit me to apply on shore. I have obviously cancelled the MRT and left the country.

I have lodged all relevant information, proof of relationship, medicals and police checks from both the UK and Aus but still haven't had any response in over 3 weeks.

My girlfriend is currently in Australia and we miss each other very much, the wait is causing some financial inconvenience. Is there any way I can speed up the process? Would it worth writing to immigration and explaining the circumstance or would I be wasting my time?

I lodged on the 23rd of Jan and I've not had any response other than it has been lodged. Will they even tell me when a CO has been allocated?

Many thanks.


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Old 02-15-2015, 08:50 AM
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No you can't speed up the process. There are families on here that spend over a year apart whilst waiting for partner visas! 3 weeks isn't a long time.

You received a good answer on the other forum you asked this question on.

Visa: 820/801 Partner (Defacto) from WHV
Nationality: British
Applied: Online, Onshore (Melbourne)
Application Date: 5th February 2014
Police Checks: 5th February 2014
Medicals: 5th February 2014
GRANT DATE: 4th June 2014

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There's no speeding up the processing of a visa. 457 visas are generally 4-8 weeks, although I recall an applicant on another forum who waited over a year. As far as I know, his was a rare case of it taking so long.

186 visa - Temporary Residence Transition stream
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:15 AM
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Well some good news, it was actually approved today.

So for those wondering...

457 Subsequent Entrant as a Defacto Partner with 6 Months Proof
Lodged 23rd Jan
Approved 16th Feb

Evidence used:

4 Page statement about our relationship signed by both of us
Joint Account
Joint Electrical Bills
Separate Internet Bills with same address
Separate Telephone Bills with same address
Stat Decs (Form 888) from two people we both know
Car insurance with both names listed as drivers
Cards from Family
Valentines and birthday Cards
Wedding invitations
Bills from several Holidays we had been on (Some of these did not include both names)
We sent them a copy of our whatsapp messages together throughout a full year period (over 50 pages of text)
Over 50 photos dated with locations.

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Hi I wonder if you could tell me if your application stayed at applications received and then went straight to finalised or did a case officer email or contact you first I lodged ours (myself - defacto and our three kids), with all certified paperwork I think they may require at the same time and I am checking the account and my emails every day just wondered if yours was automatically granted or there was correspondence in between. Thanks for any advice you can give me

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