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Old 08-01-2014, 08:31 AM
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I'm not 100% sure that person is correct, though I read the same post, rheia. He/she (not sure which gender MTT is) also says there are no quotas for partner visas (which we know is not true - while they are not officially "capped," they have "targets" each year which they meet down to the one every year, and embassies have unofficial maximum numbers of visas they can grant each month). They insist emphatically that DIBP always sticks to the timelines they give, but that's almost never the case at any other embassy. London has always been the best at sticking to their timelines, it's true (which is one reason I think they're hands-down the best embassy), but now that they've posted new timelines I'm not positive whether or not they'll only apply to new applicants. My guess is if they've updated them it's because it's taking longer - so current applicants might at the very least expect to see their applications head more towards the end of 9 months rather than 8. And the end of 9 months is obviously not far off the new minimum of 10.

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To quote them:

"DIAC have to meet their published targets and the published targets for the previous financial year were 8-9 months so they will need meet these targets or when they are audited then they will have to answer as to why they haven't. Just as if you check past applications, the targets were still reached for previous applicants even though the published times had changed considerably. This isn't the first time that the target times have been changed and I doubt very much it will be the last time. Unless you have specifically had notification that your target timeline has changed, it is still within 8-9 months as per your original email notification. "
The thing is, they don't HAVE to meet their published targets at all. They simply AIM to meet the target with 75% of applications.

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Who is your CO? I applied in London and I live in England, but I'm Polish and Poland is also a high risk country...

my CO in the email she sent me around 3 weeks ago said that processing time is 9 months and it's unlikely to change...imo my pmv application is very strong probably we attached evidences that would actually be good enough for de facto partner visa. Oh and in same email i received on 17th of July my CO said she will inform me if my visa will take longer than 9 months, so i really have no idea what to think ;(
Hi there,
My CO has the initials KC and we haven't had any contact with her since the application was lodged on March 20th. Ours is a low risk country and we went through an agent to put the application together. Because we are still leaving to go Australia in October (at the 7month mark), the agent is supposed to be emailing KC this week so once we get a reply from her I will post up here immediately! I know they say not to make plans or anything but it's so hard to wait and it's a long time to feel unsettled while having a lot of things that need to be done!
I think I would agree with CollegeGirl though that the previous applications will now be closer to the full 9 month waiting time rather than around the 8month. As soon as I hear back from my agent I will let you know
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I applied on 18th of March and my CO is VF, she seems very professional cos since I lodged my application I heard from her twice.

1st email was saying that CO is assigned to my application and she sent me also my HAP ID so I could do my medical exam.

In 2nd message she sent me I was told CO has already all the evidences she needs from me at this stage of processing and basically that I just need to sit back and wait 9 months til my visa is granted, she also explained to me that I can travel to Australia and when my visa will be ready to grant she will inform me so I can leave Australia and come back to activate my PMV. And also she assures me that she will inform me if processing time for my visa will change.

I didn't get any info from my CO yet, so for now I assume my visa processing time stays as she said - 9 months!

EDIT: Just so you know, I've never emailed my CO with any questions yet.

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Really, really happy to report that someone applying through London emailed their CO and was told these new processing timeframes really do only apply to NEW applicants, not those who already applied. So GREAT news!

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Really, really happy to report that someone applying through London emailed their CO and was told these new processing timeframes really do only apply to NEW applicants, not those who already applied. So GREAT news!
Phew! Thanks CollegeGirl such a great news!

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Really, really happy to report that someone applying through London emailed their CO and was told these new processing timeframes really do only apply to NEW applicants, not those who already applied. So GREAT news!
You just made my day!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing

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Hey

Any recent grants from London?

I'm getting so impatient..

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Hi All,

I was just wondering if anyone could share their experiences, I have noticed on here people are saying the visa processing times at the London embassy is 9-12 months. I was looking for a migration agent in London and their website says 4-6 months.

I just don't want to get my hopes up if it will be 9-12 months.

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yes 9 - 12 months is what we have been told by our migration agent. We received a letter stating this time it is taking between 8 - 9 months minimum. We have not heard from them again until yesterday (so over 3 months!) we lodged my application end of May! Finally I received my HAP ID number and was sent for the medicals. I will undertake those in couple weeks. Their letter stated again the time for processing will be 8 - 9 months from date of application was put in (online immi account). We are applying through the London office. I still hope they will grant it sooner than the 6 months from now as we will need another few months to sort out anything here before leaving for Australia. We are looking forward to moving to my husband's country from the UK. Also we had no phone interview and did need to provide with anything extra. So we hope it all goes just smooth. S.


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yes 9 - 12 months is what we have been told by our migration agent. We received a letter stating this time it is taking between 8 - 9 months minimum. We have not heard from them again until yesterday (so over 3 months!) we lodged my application end of May! Finally I received my HAP ID number and was sent for the medicals. I will undertake those in couple weeks. Their letter stated again the time for processing will be 8 - 9 months from date of application was put in (online immi account). We are applying through the London office. I still hope they will grant it sooner than the 6 months from now as we will need another few months to sort out anything here before leaving for Australia. We are looking forward to moving to my husband's country from the UK. Also we had no phone interview and did need to provide with anything extra. So we hope it all goes just smooth. S.
I said this in the other thread - they grant at 8-9 months without fail for applicants from the UK who applied when you did. The wait time is up to 10-14 months now, but that's for applicants who applied beginning in July. The only thing that could potentially delay you a little is the Czech Republic being a little bit more high-risk.

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