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melandabdul 03-14-2013 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Marjan (Post 84512)
Application date (PMV); 14-01-2013
First email CO ; 04-02-2013
Medicals ; 21-02-2013

Police check done 19-12-2012 (send with application)

Been told at the time loggin the papers the prosessing time is 10 to 12 months.
Email from CO says 6 to 8 months.

Just have to wait and hope for a grant visa!

Hi Marjan,,

Welcome to the Berlin thread and the forum. When you say you were told at the time of loggin the papers it was 10 - 12 months, who told you that?

Marjan 03-14-2013 01:59 PM

Thank you!

We went to the embassy personally to lodge the visa.
The guy who we gave the papers and payed, told us the processing time is 10 to 12 months.

melandabdul 03-14-2013 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Marjan (Post 84516)
Thank you!

We went to the embassy personally to lodge the visa.
The guy who we gave the papers and payed, told us the processing time is 10 to 12 months.

Ahhh that is very interesting to know. I can tell you that we have seen from this thread that MOST people are getting their visa in 5 - 6 months. This of course is no promise but it is the data we are seeing here from what people are sharing with us.

Marjan 03-14-2013 02:17 PM

Yes thats what i have been reading here, Fingers crossed that goes for me aswell. been 2 months and i already had enough of this waiting game.

We got CK as our CO.

melandabdul 03-14-2013 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Marjan (Post 84523)
Yes thats what i have been reading here, Fingers crossed that goes for me aswell. been 2 months and i already had enough of this waiting game.

We got CK as our CO.

We have the same CO. I hope that you find she is working well for you 8-)

Marjan 03-14-2013 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by melandabdul (Post 84525)
I just told my love that you got CK as your CO and he said "Oh my God!!!" we are sorry for you...he says, "Ahhhhhh CK will kill people"...oh he is a funny man. We find her hard to deal with...lets hope that you have a better track record than us :)

Oh God, that doesnt sound very hopefull.:(
May i ask what issues you got with her?

melandabdul 03-14-2013 02:52 PM

Its very hard to get any response to emails. It is pretty much a black hole once you start. They don't like you to write to them and they don't give you much feedback.

Marjan 03-14-2013 02:58 PM

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Originally Posted by melandabdul (Post 84528)
Its very hard to get any response to emails. It is pretty much a black hole once you start. They don't like you to write to them and they don't give you much feedback.

Since her first email on 04-02, I have had 4 emails from her. Last one was last friday, which i answerd but she didnt answer yet.
(Got an issue with the custody papers of my kids. But hopefully thats sorted.)

lehine 03-14-2013 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by melandabdul (Post 84501)
Hi there lehine,

To answer your question it is an unknown how long till you get a CO. I was given mine at the same time that my acknowledgement letter was sent but it will be in the next little while I am sure.

I have to tell you that they didn't say clearly to me "THIS IS YOUR CASE OFFICER". It was just the person who sent the email to me turned out to be my CO. This might be something that you can look at or ask?

Yes I think you can travel fine as long as you let them know. How you can do that is by contacting the generic email address for Berlin. If you look through the email and the acknowledgement email that they sent you I am sure that there is an email address in there that you can contact. If you can not find anything then let me know and I will look for you. Or I would just write to the email address that wrote to you in the first place with the acknowledgement letter.

I know before we even had the acknowledgement letter i wrote to that generic email and I was given a prompt reply. Funny thing is that the person that replied turned out to be my CO and she is everything but prompt now 8-(

By the way....what did they tell you the processing time is now?


Hi Mel :)
Thank you very much for your reply!!
I got my acknowledgement letter and it says that processing time would be 6-9 months. The letter was signed with a name of a lady and under the name it says: PN + some numbers. So does PN mean like "Personal number"? But I do not know if this lady is my case officer. Probably not since her acknowledgement letter states that I would get assigned a CO who contacts me and I just have their general email address ([email protected]), thus not an email address of a specific person.

I have written a few emails today to that address and got a reply within a few minutes! So, obviously if they want, they can be quick. First, the email was just signed with "Sincerely, Family Migration" and the second one with a name of another lady - who told me that I would get assigned a CO "shortly" - I wonder what "shortly" means? - and that at this stage they could say that it will be fine if I flew to Australia on a tourist visa to visit my partner in May.
Also, she said like "the health check can be done either in Germany or Australia" because I have asked her that I am worried to get a CO assigned and asked to do the health check after I have just landed in Australia.

So, I guess when I do not get a CO assigned in the next , lets say, 2 weeks, I can also look for flights and just write an email to this generic email address that I am flying to Australia on that specific date. I will copy the correspondence history in the email so that they can see that they said this would be fine.

Also, I am thinking about doing the health check now without even wait to get asked for it?

melandabdul 03-14-2013 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by lehine (Post 84548)
Hi Mel :)
Thank you very much for your reply!!
I got my acknowledgement letter and it says that processing time would be 6-9 months. The letter was signed with a name of a lady and under the name it says: PN + some numbers. So does PN mean like "Personal number"? But I do not know if this lady is my case officer. Probably not since her acknowledgement letter states that I would get assigned a CO who contacts me and I just have their general email address ([email protected]), thus not an email address of a specific person.

I have written a few emails today to that address and got a reply within a few minutes! So, obviously if they want, they can be quick. First, the email was just signed with "Sincerely, Family Migration" and the second one with a name of another lady - who told me that I would get assigned a CO "shortly" - I wonder what "shortly" means? - and that at this stage they could say that it will be fine if I flew to Australia on a tourist visa to visit my partner in May.
Also, she said like "the health check can be done either in Germany or Australia" because I have asked her that I am worried to get a CO assigned and asked to do the health check after I have just landed in Australia.

So, I guess when I do not get a CO assigned in the next , lets say, 2 weeks, I can also look for flights and just write an email to this generic email address that I am flying to Australia on that specific date. I will copy the correspondence history in the email so that they can see that they said this would be fine.

Also, I am thinking about doing the health check now without even wait to get asked for it?

We did just that. We submitted a front loaded application which means it was ready to be approved so we had already done the medical before they asked for it.


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