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Hi All. I've just applied through London (early Jan), how long before a CO is being allocated? Also, just checking I'm also doing the right thing in holding off on the medicals and police checks? Thanks in advance.
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We got out CO after about 2 weeks as a he required some additional information. He introduced himself and told me to wait 6 months before having medicals and police checks done as they are only valid for 12 months and current waiting times are up to 14 months.

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We got out CO after about 2 weeks as a he required some additional information. He introduced himself and told me to wait 6 months before having medicals and police checks done as they are only valid for 12 months and current waiting times are up to 14 months.
Perfect, I won't organise anything yet.

Is two weeks normal or was that because they needed something?

I guess, ill sit back and wait...


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It seems 2 to 6 weeks is normal for an introduction from the CO

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We got our CO after a handful of days. I think ours was assigned so early because we had a problem with the application not going through immediately despite the fees being taken which resulted in me having to ring the London embassy. They rang the day the application finally went through which was a Thursday, said we would get our CO on Monday and we got an email from our CO that Monday.

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Hi SM2015

In my case i got CO assigned after month exactly..i logged my application 11/03/2014 and got email from CO Dec 4,2014 asking for medicals and my court order for annulment.Hope that's the only missing requirements



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Hi Vivian - this thread is specifically for the London embassy. There is a Philippines embassy thread that may be of more use to you. If you look through the first couple of pages on the Immigration forum you should find it.

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Just a quick question can I apply for my partner visa straight after I'm married? How much evidence did you have to give considering how much you do for your PMV.
You can, but you're going to need your official marriage certificate from Births, Deaths & Marriages first. Your celebrant has to register your marriage first - ours then ordered the certificate for us. You can go in in person to a BDM office to speed it up if you're really in a hurry, but otherwise they mail it. It took us about a month post-marriage to get everything together.

We didn't submit a TON of evidence, but we did submit at least some evidence in all four categories - nature of commitment (cards people had given us at the wedding, wedding photos, a printed copy of each of our vows from the wedding), nature of the household (evidence we had lived together since I got here - mail sent to each of us at the same address, one piece for each of us for every month since I'd arrived. We used things like utility bills and letters from government entities [like the letter I got from the ATO with my tax file number in it]), joint financial commitment (I included a page that described in general how we share our finances, and then included bank statements from all our shared accounts where I highlighted relevant transactions), and social context (photos of us with friends since I'd arrived and other evidence of social outings with friends, and our two Forms 888 showed this as well, obviously).

We provided almost all evidence from after I arrived in Aus and were approved with no problem. Most of the evidence Mish provided was evidence she also used for her PMV, plus evidence of her marriage, and they were also approved.

There's some debate as to whether they actually have access to the items you provided for the PMV or not - they obviously scan it in, but since your PMV application goes to the offshore embassy, there's no telling what onshore DIBP can and can't see. So I just wanted to make sure we covered all four categories in this application and didn't leave anything to chance, and I figured new evidence might be better than old. It's all up to you, though.

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Just wanted to add in addition to CG to say that going to BDM will not always help. If the marriage has not been registered going to BDM will not help. When we got married BDM had system issues and had a backlog of registrations and took about a month to register the marriage.

You might get lucky and they will approve it without an official marriage certificate


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Thanks for clarifying that Mish - I meant they could go after their celebrant had registered it, but should have said that! Thanks.

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You can, but you're going to need your official marriage certificate from Births, Deaths & Marriages first. Your celebrant has to register your marriage first - ours then ordered the certificate for us. You can go in in person to a BDM office to speed it up if you're really in a hurry, but otherwise they mail it. It took us about a month post-marriage to get everything together.

We didn't submit a TON of evidence, but we did submit at least some evidence in all four categories - nature of commitment (cards people had given us at the wedding, wedding photos, a printed copy of each of our vows from the wedding), nature of the household (evidence we had lived together since I got here - mail sent to each of us at the same address, one piece for each of us for every month since I'd arrived. We used things like utility bills and letters from government entities [like the letter I got from the ATO with my tax file number in it]), joint financial commitment (I included a page that described in general how we share our finances, and then included bank statements from all our shared accounts where I highlighted relevant transactions), and social context (photos of us with friends since I'd arrived and other evidence of social outings with friends, and our two Forms 888 showed this as well, obviously).

We provided almost all evidence from after I arrived in Aus and were approved with no problem. Most of the evidence Mish provided was evidence she also used for her PMV, plus evidence of her marriage, and they were also approved.

There's some debate as to whether they actually have access to the items you provided for the PMV or not - they obviously scan it in, but since your PMV application goes to the offshore embassy, there's no telling what onshore DIBP can and can't see. So I just wanted to make sure we covered all four categories in this application and didn't leave anything to chance, and I figured new evidence might be better than old. It's all up to you, though.
I got my marriage certificate on the day of my wedding in the UK. The registrar fills it out on the day and gives it to you. If you are getting married in the UK in a civil ceremony. Not sure the procedure for church weddings etc.

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I got my marriage certificate on the day of my wedding in the UK. The registrar fills it out on the day and gives it to you. If you are getting married in the UK in a civil ceremony. Not sure the procedure for church weddings etc.
Ah just read further back and realized you got your pmv so probably getting married in Oz making above comment null and void.

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