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Old 10-21-2012, 04:39 AM
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I have been in frequent contact with my CO via email over the past couple of weeks since she was assigned. I have been trying to make sure she knew what was going on and she has been pretty good about responding.


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Hmm... I might get my husband to email/call our CO (her name is Melissa) to confirm she received everything...

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It couldn't hurt to check on that stuff getting to her.


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Hi all,

I feel for you guys. I couldn't wait so I flew to Oz on a 676 and planning to file onshore. I didn't care as long as I was with my partner and waiting that long is crazy. #staypositive

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I've been searching for some info on actual processing times for the Australian Embassy in the USA. Their website just links straight to the main Australian government site with those timeline postings and I can't seem to find any other Americans with Australian partners (at least, no one trying for an Oz visa). My partner and I are just trying to figure out realistically how long we are going to be apart while I'm stuck in the US waiting for the visa to process. Any info at all would be nice...
Hello from Oz. My experience is not recent but it looks from the forum activity over the past year or so that it is taking at least 3 months, depending on the readiness of the application. I know it is hard to plan and all of us want to have the exceptional fast case, but just be a little prepared emotionally that it may be at least that. If you have a well prepared application and you made it easy for the case officer to wind their way through the application, you have helped yourself. In any event, we found them very helpful and were sorted in about that timeframe. Hope others who are in the current trenches can help more?
Cheers and wishes for a fast wait!!

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Just an update for the peeps that are dealing with the Washington Embassy... My husband finally got an email from our CO this morning (Thursday morning, Indiana time) requesting him to get his medical done, and for the FBI and police clearance checks (those he already has, just needs to do the medical now). How long does it roughly take for an approval after the CO receives the medical and checks? Hopefully not too long!
How long did it take to get the FBI check? I am just wondering how long the current wait time is as its been almost 3 weeks and they haven't charged me yet.


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It takes approximately 4 weeks to get clearance before they even open the package and start processing. That then takes another 4-6 weeks to complete. That's why the Washington Embassy suggests frontloading them.
Just out of curiousity, what sort of "extra information" did your CO require?


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I was asked for additional financial documentation.
I was wondering since the FBI website currently is stating 6-7 weeks.
Everything I kept asking them they were telling me not to get the FBI check done until asked.


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How long did it take to get the FBI check? I am just wondering how long the current wait time is as its been almost 3 weeks and they haven't charged me yet.
It took them about 4 weeks just to clear the payment, then another 5 to 6 weeks for the check to arrive. We got ours done early for that reason... but the Embassy told us to not frontload the medical, FBI check and local police check. They said to send it all in when they asked for it. Seems like everyone gets different answers when they call the Embassy for basic info.

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I mailed the FBI request on the 28th of August -- it arrived completed on the 11th of October.

There is definitely a lot of conflicting information out there -- it depends on who you talk to and what department they are in. For example, the Embassy in Washington has very different suggestions than the embassy in Germany or the DIAC themselves for that matter... as if the whole process wasn't demanding and confusing enough already!


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