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Old 06-01-2013, 12:59 PM
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Emilie what date did you apply? It sounds like capping but im curious as we submitted for our 309/100 on May 1st.

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I answered you in another thread, but we have not heard here that London is capping applications - only the Philippines. As processing times have gotten longer, it's gotten more common for embassies to tell applicants to wait a few months out to have their medicals and police checks done since they're only valid for a year. London's average processing time right now is 8-9 months. If an applicant's medical is referred for whatever reason (in other words, if there's something in the history DIAC wants to look at more closely) that's an additional four months right now. If you send in your medical at the very beginning, that's a possible 8 months + 4 months = 1 year, and you'd have to get medicals and police checks redone. That's expensive!

Also, they tell applicants when visas are capped. If they haven't told you, that's likely not the case here.

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Thank you for your answers, in response to the first reply, we lodged our 300 visa on i think April 3rd, then were assigned a CO on the 15th. Have you been told to hold off on medicals?

and to the second reply; that makes alot of sense! I firdt thought they want us to wait as its possible the applicant could get sick or commit a crime between application and approval, then I read year old threads that mentioned capping and others that mentioned not having to wait to submit medicals so I thought id ask here. Yeah we have been in regular contact with our co and she hasnt mentioned capping yet. She has however said that we have met the relationship requirements and all she now needs is medicals and police check, but not until July. London must have alot of people waiting... thanks


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We weren't asked to wait in fact we front loaded with police check and we were only given 28 days to get the medicals done. Additionally we were asked for an additional year proof of living together so the CO could consider us for prrmanent. We're going for the 309 so slightly different to your visa plus we have a baby due in July.

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ok, hmm perhaps it is different for you as like you said its a different visa, plus i bet the 300 is in higher demand as its easier to get. Although my partner and i have lived together for 4 years defacto, we could not apply for 309 as only 8 months or so ago we lived seperate fo 4 months while I visited family in australia, and he stayed in uk. this affected the '12 month immediately prior rule'. wish i could have sounds like yours is further along than ours.

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i think I will just email our case officer and ask

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I'm sure they can explain and put your mind at ease! Ours seems to be progressing the first stage quite quickly and I did get all "WOO HOO!" about it, but I am still geared up for a long ride as my husband has some criminal convictions from when he was young and dumb. Nothing serious but it complicates our application. Just goes to show everyones application is different, but we all just want the same thing! To be together and fast. Anyway I am waiting to hear back about a Subclass 600 visa for my husband so he can come and be with me for the birth of our daughter.

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Did you have the same UK address while you were visiting? Like did you have a phone bill or bank statements? Surely this still constitutes as "living together"?

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our application is a complicated one too, because my partner overstaued a working visa for 6 months in australia 3 years ago, but immigration and our co said it wont affect this visa thank god, makes visiting eachother during the wait very difficult, as he is banned till june and ive used all the visitor allowance and working visa in the uk :/
no I was abit naive and wasnt on many if the bills or tenancy agreement, id just pay him my half never thought ahead! so rather than risk being denied for 4 months gap we chose the easier one. I hope he can be there for you at the birth!

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Oh thats a shame but you will get there in the end. Thanks Emilie, I am staying positive and hopefully we get a fast answer with the tourist visa. Best wishes.

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