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Old 12-17-2012, 12:23 AM
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Anyone had or having problems with CO. Mine is not responding to my emails at all. I emailed him about a change of circumstance. ( I am now in Aus on a tourist visa and have an aus. number. ) I asked him if by the time my visa would be granted he can notify me 2 weeks prior to granting visa so I can leave the country etc etc.
I got no answer at all and wrote to immi.gov itself. They replied to me that the best thing I could do is sending another email to my CO. I did and again after 5 days still no response. If he is on a holiday you would get an email about it or not? ( I did get one in July when he was on holiday ) but nothing at all this time. Anyone got an idea???
Yes I can sympathise! My CO was not responding when I was sending through important information, including stuff she had requested. Like you I expected an acknowledgement that they got the stuff I was sending them but nothing for day so I would follow up with another email or a phone call.

In the end I did get replies but it took me to keep following up to get them and now just recently my CO's supervisor wrote me a nice but clear email saying that I dont need to follow up to check they got the information I sent. I don't need to email to check on the status of things, I don't need to contact them for this that of the other and in doing so I am not allowing them to get on with doing their job.

It was a diplomatic email but clear that they didn't want to be keep to any normal standard of respect of communication etiquette.

Like you I think it is fair to expect an acknowledgement and a reply to a reasonable question but it appears that Berlin is going away from this model. If you are CO reports to the same team leader/supervisor as mine then they will no doubt be doing the same as mine in not responding.

If it is any help, I have been told by the supervisor that they will most definately let you know AHEAD of approving the visa that you are going to be approved, thereby giving you time to get out of the country. But you must be cure to keep them informed of your whereabouts and contacts details at all times....even if they don't respond.

I think they are responsive with people who are in the active phase of the visa being granted but if like me you are months away from it, then they don't want to waste time on us till we are in the active phase.


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Old 12-17-2012, 01:37 AM
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Thanks for the reply melandabdul

I applied on 06-08-2012 so It should do another 9 weeks before I can expect a grant. Like you said, the CO's in Berlin ( at least yours and mine) are living their own rules. The thing I am angry about is , that for this amount of money you would at least expect a decent answer.
I will keep my CO up to date by sending emails when there are changes. Even if I don't get a reply.
The thing that worried me most is indeed, what if they didn't get the emails and the grant is nearly there?. But I wil keep in mind what u said.
Thanks for sharing this info.
Lets keep the faith!

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Old 12-17-2012, 02:14 AM
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Thanks for the reply melandabdul

I applied on 06-08-2012 so It should do another 9 weeks before I can expect a grant. Like you said, the CO's in Berlin ( at least yours and mine) are living their own rules. The thing I am angry about is , that for this amount of money you would at least expect a decent answer.
I will keep my CO up to date by sending emails when there are changes. Even if I don't get a reply.
The thing that worried me most is indeed, what if they didn't get the emails and the grant is nearly there?. But I wil keep in mind what u said.
Thanks for sharing this info.
Lets keep the faith!
I know exactly what you mean. My fear was the email failed to get through. How hard is it to send a 1 minute acknowledgement and set our minds at rest?

I think this process induces mental stress that is unbearable.

I have one more tip for you. I found a general number for the Berlin office and they told me if I couldn't get onto the CO I could go through them and they could "hurry them up" for a reply. This might work but it might also annoy your CO so proceed with caution. Stay strong xxx

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:42 PM
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So Berliners....any news, updates, visa grants, about to be granted, milestones, rumors, bug bears etc to share????


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I know exactly what you mean. My fear was the email failed to get through. How hard is it to send a 1 minute acknowledgement and set our minds at rest?

I think this process induces mental stress that is unbearable.

I have one more tip for you. I found a general number for the Berlin office and they told me if I couldn't get onto the CO I could go through them and they could "hurry them up" for a reply. This might work but it might also annoy your CO so proceed with caution. Stay strong xxx
Can you give me that number please.
Send another email and STILL no answer.
Thanks!


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Hi Everyone

Do you really expect something before christmas?
Wait till middle of January or amazingly after New year.
I know sounds harsh but thats the reality of that joint.

Merry Christmas to everyone waiting and Happy New Year!!!


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Hi Everyone

Do you really expect something before christmas?
Wait till middle of January or amazingly after New year.
I know sounds harsh but thats the reality of that joint.

Merry Christmas to everyone waiting and Happy New Year!!!
Tjanks for your thoughts Pity. It sounds like you are frustrated like the rest of us but please try and stay positive if you can. We are sharing all a lot of information here and not just what has happened in the last few days.

Hope you have a great and relaxing Christmas.


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Can you give me that number please.
Send another email and STILL no answer.
Thanks!
Try this +49 (0)69 222 23 99 58


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Old 12-22-2012, 11:18 AM
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Hi All, Thought I'd start a thread to gather info from anyone currently processing through the Berlin Office. If you would like to add the following info to this thread that would be really helpful 8-)

Type of Visa
Date Applied
Stage Application at (e.g. CO Assigned, PC submitted)
Low or High Risk Country

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Hi all
Visa applied for; marriage
Date applied; January 2012
Stage; CO assigned All official paper work submitted from birth to last pay chq. STILL WAITING GRRRR
L/H risk; Low risk ( residence Malta UK passport)
Agency; I am using INTERSTAFF Perth W/A
I was informed yesterday that the processing times were now increased (December 2012) to a min of 14 months and thats IF you have a CO working on your file. This was confirmed by my Agency and Berlin. So fustrating.


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Thanks for the reply melandabdul

I applied on 06-08-2012 so It should do another 9 weeks before I can expect a grant. Like you said, the CO's in Berlin ( at least yours and mine) are living their own rules. The thing I am angry about is , that for this amount of money you would at least expect a decent answer.
I will keep my CO up to date by sending emails when there are changes. Even if I don't get a reply.
The thing that worried me most is indeed, what if they didn't get the emails and the grant is nearly there?. But I wil keep in mind what u said.
Thanks for sharing this info.
Lets keep the faith!
Oh wow i hope you get your answer soon i am going through Berlin also My CO had informed me and this was confirmed by the Agency i am using in Perth that the visa applications are now taking upto 14 months min from Berlin due to a back log of work and lack of support, this time frame was updated in december 2012. I applied in January 2012 and im still waiting. I wish you luck;
Louise


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