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Old 08-28-2012, 10:11 AM
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Bom dia!

Im also going to barge into the conversation!!

I was in a similar situation to yourself, ie. Australian female sponsoring my brazilian male partner but we applied for the Prospective Marriage Visa from Brasil back in 2009. The good news is that 3 years on and he is now a permanent resident so the hard work and stress of immigration pays off in the end, you just need to stay positive!

We front loaded our application ie. submitted all forms, including form 80, 3 police checks (back then I think we had to do Civil, Federal & Justicia), stat decs, all our evidence including history and photos etc and medicals all together, and the panel doctor sent the results directly to the embassy in Brasilia. The only hold up we had was that we wrote his mum's stat dec in english and got her to sign it, but the embassy then requested her to write it in portuguese, have it translated and certified and then sent back to them. We sent two stat decs from his family (I had previously met them) and 4 from my family and friends in Oz. All except one of my friends had only ever met him on Skype and the embassy didn't seem to have a problem with this.

I was in Melbourne during the time of his application and they didn't request him to do an interview. We did kindly ask them to treat the application as a matter of priority as we had been separate for 5 months at that time, and the whole thing took less than 6 weeks for his visa to be approved. We were really pleased with how smoothly it all went!

The Case officer kept in regular email contact with us and requested him to send in his passport so that they could place the visa label in it. They then formally sent us the grant letter via email and the passport and all the evidence they no longer required back in the mail.

Hope this helps and if you have any questions please let me know! We had to go through it all again once he came to Melbourne and I also deal with the department at work for other visa sub-classes so am quite familiar with the process.

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Hi guys,

We have also applied for our partner visa this year, specifically in June. It is a very stressful process, but so far it seems that everything is going well. I think it's good idea to share our situations because we can help each other out.
Regarding the discussion of the translation of Brazilian letters from witnesses, I can say that is not necessary if the letters are already written directly in English handwriting. I participate in another community of Brazilians and one applicant this year is also the case with the status of "decision ready" (that is when the decision is already taken, but just waiting for the process to be finalized) and the letters of her Brazilian witnesses also were written directly in English without problems.
I came to Brazil in May and my husband (Australian) came in June. We've been together so far, but unfortunately, he now needs to go back and once again we will be separated.
I will give a brief explainanation of our situation. I have a tourist visa, but I'm still pondering whether or not to go to Australia, since the process is expected to finish in late December to early January. We don't really want to think about having to go to New Zealand, just for the sake of returning on a different visa
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Here are some dates:
CO - Ms. Joanne Ogle
29/06/2012 - Application Lodged
06/07/2012 - I received an e-mail requesting documents and medical exams
07/08/2012 - This second batch of documents were received at the Embassy in Brasilia
07/08/2012 - I received an email that I forgot to send the clearance certificate of registration of criminal justice with federal translated copies
15/08/2012 - My CO sent an email invitation for an interview in Brasilia for the day 04/09/2012
16/08/2012 - my certificate of Justice Federal (I believe the only document missing) arrived in Brasilia
04/09/2012 - took the interview
06/09/2012 - I applied for a tourist visa
13/09/2012 - My CO claimed that after my interview, my process was reviewed and she would like evidence of communication between me and my husband in 2011.
14/09/2012 - We answer the email with 30 attachments historical daily conversations between my husband and me on msn in 2011.
18/09/2012 - My tourist visa was approved.

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:45 PM
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hi, sorry i wasnt alerted of your post... thanks for letting me know your dates and situation.. i totally agree that its a stressfull process.. good to hear from others in a similar situation

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Old 10-23-2012, 09:04 PM
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Decision Ready

We received on 16/10 email from our CO Joanne Ogle warning that our process has already obtained Decision Ready.

That means that my visa has been accepted and not need submit more documentation, but as applied on 29/06 our process is expected to complete in December when is 6 months.

Now I am very excited and really missed my husband! =/


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We finally were able to gather all of the information needed and submit our application last week.... Amazing how much time and effort it takes to compile.. and how frustrating it is waiting on other people to get their stat decs to you, documentation, translations, certifications etc.. ARGH!!
Especially from Brazil, NOTHING is straightforward here;;;;

we also wanted to hold off until weŽd been together a longer period of time to strengthen our application.... as our relationship progressed quite quickly.. we met in june 2011 and were married March 2012..
so now we have at least known each other for 16 months and been married for 7 months.....

So..

16th October 2012 application posted from Porto Alegre to Brasilia
(next day delivery, so arrived there on the 17th)

23rd October 2012 email to say application received
Case officer assigned (Joanne Ogle)
and further evidence requested to be sent within 28 days

We front loaded with Australian and 2 Brazilian police checks, but were told we were strictly not allowed to do Medical check before hand..

They have now requested Medical check

3 brazilian police checks which need to be translated (we were misinformed by the call centre who told us only 2 were required and they did not need to be translated (FRUSTRATING)

Form 80

Declaration as to why my husband left Australia on bridging visa (as he overstayed illegally)

More stat decs from people in Brazil -we originally provided one from his mother and a friend in Brazil and 4 (from my mother, gran, mutual friend and our old house mate) in Australia.

and further evidence of our relationship being genuine (photos, correspondence etc) i thought iŽs already over-provided for this section...

so we have 28 days to resubmit these things...

He then may be requested to go to Brasilia for an interview....

BUT THE BALL IS FINALLY ROLLING!!!!
the email said processing time is currently 6-7months... but dependent on circumstances...


Does anyone know... is this processing time from the date of application or date of email confirming receipt of application..... or do they not start counting processing time until you have submitted all documentation requested???

Thanks everyone for your input.. soo good to hear from people who have been in the same frustrating immigration situation :-)


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Wow leongabi.. that´s sooooo exciting.... and pretty speedy :-)
so less than 4 months for decision ready.... but you now have to wait 2 more months for the processing time to be up.... or it could possibly happen before december??
So i take it that you decided to stay in Brazil and not use the tourist visa??
We were assigned Joanne Ogle too.. how was your interview??
does she seem good as a case officer.. have u had other correspondence with her, or just the emails notifying you that you had missed documents??

Thanks so much for letting me know your progress.. dates etc... soo good to hear from people in similar situations

and CONGRATULATIONS on being decision ready already.. i´m excited for you.. i know how horrible it is to be separated..
please let me know when your visa is approved and you are given a date to go to Aus..
i´m very interested to hear :-)


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Good news!

I think I'm more experienced than all agencies together after this process. LOL Our relationship has also progressed in a short time. We met in person in november 2011 and were married in late April of 2012 ... We started living together since the beginning of January. In May I returned to Brazil, and in early June he came to live with me here. Last week he had to go back to Uni and work in Adelaide.

I'm sure that evidence as joint bank account, which many letters from witnesses helped our process so that a final decision had in almost 3 months.

We also had many problems with delays of sworn translations. The letters of the Brazilian witnesses have been written by hand and English and needed no translation.

I heard many, many examples of applicants last year and the vast majority of them, despite having a decision ready 4-5 months to process, only got the visa after 6 full months of date of application. But I also heard that some processes were eventually finalized soon like 4 moths. I need that luck!

The best now is whether the relief that we have no further doubt that our relationship is really genuine .... And we need not submit evidence anymore. The interview I spent in Brasilia make me soo nervous .... It was a terrible interrogation, which made ​​me feel bad. I just arrived in Brasilia with the certainty that my relationship is true and I would have no problems, but she tries to confuse you.

But now is the anguish of waiting to see if I can go enjoy my birthday Nov. 19, and on Christmas and New Year with my husband. = /

Good luck for you guys! We hope to hear good news from you soon.

=D


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If you like you can contact us at the facebook or email to ask any help if you need. I know what you feel... =)


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Ha my birthday is also november 19th :-)
If you could let me know your facebook contact details thatŽd be great, iŽd like to contact you, i have a few questions..
or you can find me Melissa Severo Grohmann (Blyth)

Wow, your relationship developed even quicker than ours :-) maybe i didnt need to wait off so long to put in our application now after seeing yours was approved so fast...... gives me hope (although my naughty man overstayed in Aus 2 years)

Hope you can find me on facebook and we can chat soon :-)


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Decision Ready

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Yes you would think we could have just sent the copies of originals in Portuguese to the embassy, but you have to remember that a lot of the decision-making can be done back in Australia, by people who don't speak Portuguese. That's why even on the application forms it stipulates that all documents have to be translated into English. Official and otherwise.

The other thing that may be different is that Brazil is in the 'high risk' category of countries and Portugal isn't.

Oh and with the police checks... yes send the originals, no need to get them certified (I forgot about that). They can be printed out and suffice as the 'originals'.
Hi Luke!
Hows things?

Have u won your status of Decision Ready?

I hope everything is going well for you guys!

Good luck!!

Cheers,

Gabi and Leon.


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