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Old 03-07-2012, 07:27 AM
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You guys are in welly and your bored?? good thing you didnt start in Auckland.. now that was boring!! I did the same thing.. checking the letter box every day.. it was driving me crazy in the end cause it was always empty

We got the same letter giving a timeline of 6-12 months. we got a email saying they needed more info from us..

Do you know if you can email on here? i can email you more in depth what we did and went through...
Hahaha! Perhaps we have been in Welly too long! I knew as soon as we landed in Auckland it wasnt for us.
Yeah I wasnt convinced that this letter was infact our case officer, so you reckon it is? Did u front load your application? The thread wont let me post my email address! I did however add you as a friend if that will work


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I applied on 30 December 2011 for 309/100 category. I'm Canadian and partner is eligible NZ citizen. I received a letter saying it would take 6-12 months from Auckland branch and it's slightly disappointing as many other countries approve applications in just a few months - any other stories are most helpful! I'll keep you all updated at my end - really hoping it's not going to take more than 6 months but unfortunately, it's looking that way.


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I applied on 30 December 2011 for 309/100 category. I'm Canadian and partner is eligible NZ citizen. I received a letter saying it would take 6-12 months from Auckland branch and it's slightly disappointing as many other countries approve applications in just a few months - any other stories are most helpful! I'll keep you all updated at my end - really hoping it's not going to take more than 6 months but unfortunately, it's looking that way.
Hello, yeah 6-12 months, thats what I got after applying in January 2012. I noticed that looking at other's timelines that its taking roughly 5 months worldwide. I think NZ is probably way above this as everyone meets their partner in Oz, then skips across the water as its easy enough to do, resulting in loooong processing time. Was the only option for us unfortunately.
I've heard a few horror stories with the Auckland office. That is two couples I know now that changed their address and it wasn't updated with the processing centre. My advice to anyone would be to try and stick at the same address to avoid missing any vital correspondence! What a horrible thought! Also, if you swap address, there is a good chance they may ask for copies of your new lease, power bills etc, slowing the process down even more!

Have you had any further correspondence other than your acknowledgement letter stating the 6-12 month waiting period? We haven't...


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Hello, yeah 6-12 months, thats what I got after applying in January 2012. I noticed that looking at other's timelines that its taking roughly 5 months worldwide. I think NZ is probably way above this as everyone meets their partner in Oz, then skips across the water as its easy enough to do, resulting in loooong processing time. Was the only option for us unfortunately.
I've heard a few horror stories with the Auckland office. That is two couples I know now that changed their address and it wasn't updated with the processing centre. My advice to anyone would be to try and stick at the same address to avoid missing any vital correspondence! What a horrible thought! Also, if you swap address, there is a good chance they may ask for copies of your new lease, power bills etc, slowing the process down even more!

Have you had any further correspondence other than your acknowledgement letter stating the 6-12 month waiting period? We haven't...

Thanks for writing back! No, we haven't received anything. Am tempted to ring but will wait a couple more months. Thanks for the heads up about the change of address - I have evidence if they need it. My partner left for Australia 2 months ago to get a head start at work so it's tough being apart, which is why the thought of having to wait 12 months is dreadful! For people out there in my similar case (being apart), I've heard it's very important to keep records of ongoing communication to prove that you're still in a genuine relationship.
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Thanks for writing back! No, we haven't received anything. Am tempted to ring but will wait a couple more months. Thanks for the heads up about the change of address - I have evidence if they need it. My partner left for Australia 2 months ago to get a head start at work so it's tough being apart, which is why the thought of having to wait 12 months is dreadful! For people out there in my similar case (being apart), I've heard it's very important to keep records of ongoing communication to prove that you're still in a genuine relationship.
Good luck everyone.
Ah poor you, we dont stop to think that there are couples going through this process apart! How are you finding it? Me and my partner spent 3 months apart and that was painful. Had a hard time tracing up itemized phone bills etc Vodafone were telling me that I needed to get an order from courts to request previous bills! It was outrageous! After some firm talking to I did manage to get them however. It was very bizzare.
Did you frontload your application? Anytime I have called Auckland office, I never ever get an answer. If you have any questions regarding your application, I;ve been recommended to contact the main office in Canberra. But your right on waiting a couple of months first.


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by frontloading, do you mean submit medical/police certs? I have submitted all 12 police certs, was a nightmare trying to get all of them. I sent them on 2 separate occasions after submitting application, fingers crossed they didn't get lost on someone's desk. Medicals, no. I'll wait until they're requested. I 'befriended' you so we don't have to write on this thread. all the best to everyone out there and I'll update when I hear something about the Auckland branch


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Hi,

Just wondering if anyone has had any updates from the Auckland office in regards to where they are up to with the visas? We are sick of ringing the Auckland office, their strories are always conflicting!! we applied for 309 visa on 4th October, 2011, and got the letter stating it will be 6-12 months, last time we called (early March) they were up to the end of June. Just wondering if anyone from June/July or August have heard anything. Any info would be sooo appreciated!! Thankyou!!


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Hi there
I received an email from Immigration today answering your question. It wasn't automated (as we had exchanged a few in the past 2 days) - they are currently processing applications from early Sept 2011. One lady (I was dealing with 2 different people) said it will be a minimum of 12 months and the other said 8-12 months. I think it's fair to say (as long as your application is complete) - 8-10 months, however expect longer. Very disappointing as the rest of the world seems to approve applications within 3-6 months!


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Has anyone recently lodged their visa application (PMV, spousal, de facto etc) in Auckland? What is the processing time like? I have tried to find other's cases on the timeline thread but only saw one. I am hoping they aren't that backed up any more.

Any news or info would be appreciated!
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I received an email from Immigration today answering your question. It wasn't automated (as we had exchanged a few in the past 2 days) - they are currently processing applications from early Sept 2011. One lady (I was dealing with 2 different people) said it will be a minimum of 12 months and the other said 8-12 months. I think it's fair to say (as long as your application is complete) - 8-10 months, however expect longer. Very disappointing as the rest of the world seems to approve applications within 3-6 months!


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Old 04-17-2012, 12:20 AM
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Hey all,
I lodged my application Novemeber 15th 2011 and still waiting on getting a case officer but I have emailed the embassy direct and have been told they are processing applications from the first week of November 2011 at the moment.
So, fingers crossed I should have a case officer within a week or two.
Auckland is a beautiful city but as other people have said, its boring!!

Will keep you posted guys.


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