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Old 09-08-2012, 08:41 PM
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Hi,

I am American and applied for the partner visa from Washington. I submitted in person on May 18th but they didn't actually 'lodge' it until May 24th. My timeline is included....they just granted my visa on Sep 6th - exactly 15 weeks.

I did front load my app with medicals and state (GA) background check at time of application...FBI took awhile - I was able to send that to the Embassy towards the end of June.

I got one email from them acknowledging receipt and process of my payment on May 24th. Other than that - there was absolutely NO contact of any kind. I finally had to call them in mid-August to confirm whether or not I could travel down on a tourist visa to be there for my partner's birthday on Oct. 6th (it's a signfiicant one for him). All they did at that time was note my file for my pending travel plans -- would not give me case officer's info and said the CO would be the one to get in touch if needed.

So....I have been busy stressing and making plans to go on tourist visa when 2 nights ago, I checked my email account and there it was - an email from my CO advising my visa had been granted!

I worked long and hard on my application for a solid 3 straight months (total off and on for over 9 months) -- definitely submitted a 'decision-ready' application. It was pretty stressful not having any kind of communication with them during the wait ...but maybe because they did not require any additional documents from me, contact wasn't necessary.

Hope this helps....best of luck to you.

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My husband is the USC (from Indiana) and he sent in his application 3rd of July and they received it on the 9th. He didn't get a confirmation email for over a month because the CO typo'ed his email address! I asked my hubby to call the Embassy to see what was going on (he was reluctant because he didn't want to harass them - good thing I nagged!). So the lady he spoke to fixed the problem and informed our CO, and he got the confirmation letter the next day. That was the last we heard from them.

I'll admit... after that little kerfluffle, the silence makes me nervous. I'm worried that another mistake with communication will happen again. We submitted only what the checklist required - no medical, etc. It's two months today since they received the application. I'm feeling a little jumpy and itching to call the Embassy to see if they want anything from us. Must. Resist. Temptation....

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Here are our timeline off shore in washington. We are currently live in CA.
Applied on Oct 10 for defacto visa, my parner got the TR in 10 wks, after 2 years he got the PR.
My advise for u is while waiting for their decision, u can do the FBI & medical check. They will speed the proccess faster.
Could you please advise what to do for the FBI check and medical? Is there a form we need to download? Sorry, Iím sure this is basic info but I really donít know what to do!


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Could you please advise what to do for the FBI check and medical? Is there a form we need to download? Sorry, I’m sure this is basic info but I really don’t know what to do!
For FBI & medical check, please go to immi.gov.au and type fbi or panel doctor in the search field then select the US region. Good luck.


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Could you please advise what to do for the FBI check and medical? Is there a form we need to download? Sorry, Iím sure this is basic info but I really donít know what to do!
Thanks!!!


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Hi,

I am American and applied for the partner visa from Washington. I submitted in person on May 18th but they didn't actually 'lodge' it until May 24th. My timeline is included....they just granted my visa on Sep 6th - exactly 15 weeks.

Congratulations!! I hope to hear good news very soon. Was yours subclass 300? Or Defacto/Spouse?

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Nevermind... I saw you went for Sub 309.

I do wonder if 300 has been capped.

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Has anyone going to a panel doctor in either PA, NJ or NY? I wanted to know what to expect and I can't find any information about the Doctors listed for NJ or Philadelphia about what to expect and the cost. I was able to find the website for the practice listed for NYC.

I am trying to get my medicals, NJ police check and the FBI check done and would like any advice about what to do, I got an email after asking what to do and who to talk to since I went to Canada for several days and was not given a lot of information.


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Penguina,

DIAC-Panel Docs - Embassy of Australia

That's the Australian Embassy (USA) page which contains instructions about your medicals and a link to the panel doctors. Mine cost about $400.00. I think it's all pretty much the same.

FBI — Criminal Background Check

That's the link for the FBI check. As for NJ, you'll just need to do some searching.

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Thanks, I was trying to hear about other experiences with it. The website for the one in NY is showing $500 for the cost and what they want you to bring with you other then the Forms 160 and 26.
They had sent the link about the panel doctors for the area but I am not finding much on either on in PA or NJ.

Any advice on this would be great


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They don't have them in every state. If your state isn't listed on the Embassy's Website, then that's because your state doesn't have one. At least NY isn't too far!

I had to get a Mass penal clearance, it went very quickly (under a week). However, the FBI one takes forever, so I highly recommend you get it done ASAP. I send mine in almost a month ago via a currier and they still haven't even charged my credit card yet. I was told it takes 4 weeks before they even open it. Then to expect another 6 for the actual processing. And that's if there's no trouble with the fingerprints I gave them.

Good luck and definitely keep me posted,
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