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Our situation is identical though my two kids are slightly older. They're 4 and 1.5. We're all dual citizens just waiting on my partners visa. Applied in March for him. Will keep u updated. Moving to Perth.

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Watching with interest to get a better understanding of the wait.

I'm from the UK, wife is an Aussie (Dual passport) and our two children (under 2) are dual as well, UK plus Australian Citizens by descent (The dog doesn't count yet but he has started his injections!)

PV submitted on the 31 Aug 2015. No Case officer yet, so we wait...
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Congratulations. What date did you apply?

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just got my grant, just under the 9 month mark.words cannot describe my joy. from being rejected in 2013, to moving continents twice, me and my partner having to give up work and spent time unemployed in each others countries . im going to get lashed tonight, the guinness will flow

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just got my grant, just under the 9 month mark.words cannot describe my joy. from being rejected in 2013, to moving continents twice, me and my partner having to give up work and spent time unemployed in each others countries . im going to get lashed tonight, the guinness will flow
Congrats, I've followed your posts. What a journey you've had. All the best!

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Great- I'll be watching to see how you progress which will help us plan better. Thanks. J.

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just got my grant, just under the 9 month mark.words cannot describe my joy. from being rejected in 2013, to moving continents twice, me and my partner having to give up work and spent time unemployed in each others countries . im going to get lashed tonight, the guinness will flow
Fantastic...all your sacrifices paid off in the end!

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Hey Guys

Congrats to all who've recently got their visas!

Been following this forum for a bit and getting super-excited because I applied for a de-facto visa In March 2105 (character and health done in Sept) so hopefully not long now.

Noticed some of you contacted your COs around the 10-month mark and got granted quite quickly after that. I know the name of my CO but can't see any other contact other than general customer service at London.

How do you contact the CO directly?


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i wouldnt see much point in contacting them. you obviously have one assigned to you, they told you to go for a medical, so now you wait . they seem to granting them around the 9-10 month mark so dec/jan you will get your grant.
if you do email them, they'll just rattle off the one liner about ''processing times are 10-14 mnths etc etc''


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Hi All, I was just wondering how long it normally takes for a CO to be assigned. We submitted our application on the 1st October in London. Thanks!


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Confirmation that my visa is (ready to be) granted! My story...

Applied 1st February 2015 - Partner Visa - my wife is an Aussie. Relatively straight-forward case - met about 7 years ago, married about 18 months ago - she has dual UK/Oz passport. My wife and I spent a year apart whilst she was working in Africa / South America, but we could show contact was maintained throughout etc etc.

Case Officer assigned (Christopher) 19th February which is the same day my police checks were received back and supplied to him. We were given a processing time range of 10-14 months, which would have ended up with the visa being granted sometime between Dec-April. I was advised not to undertake my medical until August but made the decision to chance it and did it about March 17th if memory serves. We had a family wedding in Melbourne at the end of September and also intended to spend xmas with my wife's family, so I applied for a visitor visa (600) so I could visit Australia in the meantime. This provided for me to be in the country for 6 months before having to leave.

We flew out to Bali on 2nd September - spent a couple of weeks there to chill out after a few months of dismantling the house & box packing, and arrived in Melbourne on my tourist visa 17 September 2015. I didn't book a return flight (nor was I questioned about this on arrival). I had informed my case officer that my plans were to attend the family events and travel the country through till March 2016. I know some people on this thread have suggested that you must have a return flight booked, but I didn’t – because I didn’t know where I was going to be or where I needed to go. I may have had to go back to the UK prematurely for work so I was reluctant to book anything. My approach was that if it was a mandatory requirement to satisfy customs on entry I was happy to book one (Say back to Bali) on my phone whilst they watched over me. As it transpires I’ve just saved myself a pointless flight.

Then the first contact I've had from immigration was the email yesterday advising my visa is ready to be granted yesterday - 9 months and 1 day after my application date.

As my visa cannot be granted whilst I am here in Oz, I now have to leave and come back in again. It is my intention to fly out to Bali at the end of this month and I have been advised to spend at least 3 working days out there whilst permanent residency is granted.

Few points to make - save for ringing the embassy (once) to find out ways to expedite my application I did not contact them & it was my intention not to contact them again until I hit the 10 month waiting period - my logic being the more I pester them, the less time they have to process our cases!

When I called the embassy I was told clearly that I had a number in a queue and there was very little I could do to expedite the process. I said I intended to do my medicals earlier than they suggested and they said this was entirely at my own risk ie I might end up paying twice.

So, I’m now looking forward to Australia as a permanent resident! I’ve joined just to tell my story because I’ve been following this thread since I arrived here in September. It’s been of great assistance and has helped me and my wife figure out likely scenarios based on how other applicants have fared with their own timescales.

Best of luck to everyone out there waiting for theirs and thank you to those who have told their story so far. See you for a schooner maybe one day!

Richi x

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Can anyone with kids who've applied tell me if they've been granted their permanent 100 visas around the same 8-9 month mark or are these visas taking longer? I was really hoping we would get granted around the 9 month mark but remembered last night that as we've got two kids my partner is eligible for the permanent visa straight away. Are there taking longer to process anyone know?

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