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Old 06-29-2012, 03:19 PM
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Processing 309 visa

Our case officer at Australia House in London has confirmed she is satisfied my partner has met the requirements for the s/c 309 visa. However processing time remains at 5-6 months. Does anyone know what is actually happening during the processing time?

If we meet the requirements, what is the hold up? Processing what exactly?

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If you find out, let the rest of us know ;-)


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Old 06-29-2012, 03:39 PM
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Haha I know. It just doesn't make sense? I have read somewhere that the application/files are then sent over to Australia to be checked by officials? i.e the case office is just giving it a preliminary 'tick'. Not sure how true this is?


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Old 06-29-2012, 11:08 PM
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The 5/6 months processing time doesn't mean they need 5/6 months to review all documents of your application.
Each year, The aus gov actually seem to decide how many partner visas they will agree to grant for the coming year. Based on that and based on the visa demands, i assume they come with the number of how many months they will take to process a visa. They try to match the flow of coming applications with the visa grants target.
The exact numbers are actually on immi.gov.au


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Old 06-30-2012, 01:58 AM
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45 400 was the number for the 2011-2012 financial year for all partner visas.The cap doesn't explain why some centres process in 3 months and others 6 or 9 (based on low risk countries applying in low risk countries) or why in Australia some people get their "decision ready" applications approved in days or weeks.

Certainly if the cap was reached everybody would have to wait until after July 1st but we are still hearing of visas being granted this last week.

I think it has something to do with form 80 - that needs to be assess by ASIO and that takes time - even for a low risk country.


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The new figures are up for the 2012-2013 year. Partner visas have a 'planning level' of 46,325.

I think that a 'planning level' is different to a 'cap', because Partner visas by definition cannot be capped. But I cannot for the life of me understand the difference... I think maybe under a planning level they are allowed to go over, but not by any significant amount, whereas under a cap they are obligated to stop the allocation of visas. Does anyone have any information on this?

According to many posts made here, I think the delay in processing can be blamed on the security check undertaken by ASIO - and the connected Form 80, like russellie said. I've read from plenty of people here whose Case Officer has said something like, 'we are convinced on the genuine nature of your relationship but are now waiting for the security check to be completed.'

By the way, who knew that DIAC had a blog? Found this while researching. They post on policies and actually reply to comments and enquiries, though it may be a non-committal response.


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Found it. Apparently this is the response from DIAC regarding the difference between a 'planning level' and a 'cap':

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The migration program 'planning levels' and the 'cap' under s85 of the Migration Act are both tools in ensuring that migration to Australia is well managed and in accordance with the Government’s intent. Each, however, operates differently.

A cap under s85 makes it illegal to grant any further visas in a specified class until the following financial year; even if this is several months away.

A 'planning level' is a figure determined by government as part of its assessment as to the optimum composition of the migration program. Planning levels are assigned to each component of the migration program by government to ensure that the profile of the program reflects government priorities, and the department is funded by government to deliver outcomes consistent with those planning levels. The department in turn uses the planning levels for each component of the migration program to determine the allocation of processing resources within the department.
So it seems they are still legally allowed to continue to grant partner visas even after the planning level has been reached. So it's more of an internal indicator...?


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Thanks for all this, I never knew about the caps. I guess I was thinking they couldn't be applied to the partner visa. Makes sense though and my fingers are crossed the new financial year may bring some joy. Just checked our paperwork, we weren't actually asked for form 80 in our application.


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Hi freemo,

Yes, you'd remember filling out the Form 80 if you had to not quite as thick as 47SP but almost there.

I think it must be a combination of all these factors, firstly waiting for CO to be assigned, then for them to find the time to assess the merits of your application and meds and police checks, and I think only then does ASIO launch into the security check, and all throughout they have to keep the planning level in mind! Sounds like a lot of balls to juggle!

But the trend has been for waiting periods to increase as 'supply does not meet demand'. E.g. just a few months ago applications from high-risk countries had a service standard of 10 months, and then all of a sudden it went up to 12.

Good luck in your wait

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Thanks adventuress!


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