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Old 11-19-2015, 08:26 AM
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We did them as soon as we applied but when our CO emailed us she said not to do it until July which was about 6 months after we applied so definitely wait until you hear from your CO. I'm guessing we didn't get any other correspondence from her because she told us everything we needed eg wait for the medicals in that initial email she responded to. You've still got a bit of a way to go, but it seems like they are getting done ahead of the predicted times so be positive! Good luck!
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:21 AM
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Have just been told that our Visa is ready to be granted!!!!!

Eight months and 22 Days after applying

Girlfriend is travelling out of Australia to Singapore for 10 days on Friday and will have the Visa granted whilst she is there!

Should be an easy process from here and fingers crossed she will arrive back in Aus on the 7th of December all ready to go!

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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
Firstly Congratulations!! And...Thank you for sharing your story, as it is really helpful to see how it has worked out for yourselves and how you went about the process. We are processing at the moment and your post has been very reassuring to read. Good luck for the future in Australia and thank you again 😀

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We finally got my partners 309 and 100 visa granted today!!! 8 months and 2 days after we first applied. I'm so excited. Can't wait to get home in January. Looks like their getting a bit quicker in turn around times so a bit of hope for others! ������
Congratulations and thank you for putting your update on the forum, I have started at the last page and working back trying to read recent posts. Most of which are good news posts 😀 These will hopefully help us work out how long it might be for us and your timescale is really reassuring. Good luck for the future and thanks again


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Have just been told that our Visa is ready to be granted!!!!!

Eight months and 22 Days after applying

Girlfriend is travelling out of Australia to Singapore for 10 days on Friday and will have the Visa granted whilst she is there!

Should be an easy process from here and fingers crossed she will arrive back in Aus on the 7th of December all ready to go!
Congratulations and great to hear you visa was processed under 10 months. Good luck for the future and thank you for posting your update

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So excited for everyone being granted visas!! Gives me hope that my application will be processed within the current frame time. Any updates on those that have applied recently on whether you've been assigned a CO?? Its been 3 months since we've applied and we've still heard nothing
We applied 16 June 15 and were assigned a CO in July. CO requested additional docs and we sent them within a fortnight. Have had all medicals/police checks and waiting to hear now. Getting anxious as really just want to hear some good news.
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All the best. Given what I've read, you probably have another 6 months to wait, but it all depends on your status and many other factors.


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Just had our visa granted! Very shocked to have received it so quickly as we were expecting to have to wait till around April/May next year.

In total, it took 6 and a half months to be approved! Estimated wait time when we applied was 10-14 months.

Applied 31st May 2015
Medical Checks 6th October 2015
Police Checks 14th November 2015
Visa Granted 15th December!

We were told not to do police checks or medicals until after November, but did it a tiny bit early anyway. Not sure if that helped speed things up at all.

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Just had our visa granted! Very shocked to have received it so quickly as we were expecting to have to wait till around April/May next year.

In total, it took 6 and a half months to be approved! Estimated wait time when we applied was 10-14 months.

Applied 31st May 2015
Medical Checks 6th October 2015
Police Checks 14th November 2015
Visa Granted 15th December!

We were told not to do police checks or medicals until after November, but did it a tiny bit early anyway. Not sure if that helped speed things up at all.
Omg congratulations !!! That's very good news!
That gives some hope we get it soon as we applied 11 days before you


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CO assigned

Finally we have gotten a CO assigned! So happy to atleast be moving forward a little. We have VR, we were told that they would aim to approve our visa 8 months before our expected wedding date (March 25, 2017) so hopefully we will be approved by July/August at the latest....has anyone else that applied recently been assigned a CO?


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