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emj 11-19-2012 10:17 PM

Hi Everyone,

Don't get too excited just yet if your application date was the end of May. My front-loaded application (with medicals and police checks etc) arrived in Berlin in the first week of May and I'm still waiting. There's no specific reason for a delay as I'm from a low-risk country and have been living with my husband for just under four years now.

I think the Berlin office/ department needs to stop telling us that "no complication" applications are processed in date order, because threads like this show that this is not really the case.

I hope you all get your visas soon. Good luck!

koets 11-19-2012 10:26 PM

Wow, EMJ, that is a bit different then all the other posts you read here. How weird that your application hasn't gone through, but someone who lodged it the 23rd has got his visa already. Have you called or emailed your CO about this?
I really do hope they come through with it soon!

koets 11-19-2012 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by melandabdul

Hang in there koets. The waiting game is not fun and none of us are good at it but the longer we are in it the easier it becomes. Thanks for sharing your process and where you are at. I'm sure that you are not too far away.

Thank you. I really hope it won't it won't be long, but reading that Someone else still hasn't got his/her visa when the application was lodged beginning of May, brought my mood down a bit ;-(
Oh we'll new day tomorrow, who knows what it may bring!

emj 11-19-2012 10:56 PM

Sorry, koets, I didn't want to ruin your day, but we've spent a lot of time living with the false hope that our visa grant was imminent and that's not much fun either. We believed this date of application thing and have been suffering since mid-July when the Berlin office granted a partner visa to someone who lodged in the same week as me (search "Kri-stinaa").

Of course, we've contacted the Berlin office several times since and been given all sorts of explanations that don't fit with this application date order promise and the evidence on this and other forums. At least we were told that everything was fine months ago, so it shouldn't be too far away.

I'll let you know when it comes through, but it's a poorly-managed process. Fortunately, other Australian government departments are much more honest and efficient than this!

koets 11-19-2012 11:06 PM

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Originally Posted by emj
Sorry, koets, I didn't want to ruin your day, but we've spent a lot of time living with the false hope that our visa grant was imminent and that's not much fun either. We believed this date of application thing and have been suffering since mid-July when the Berlin office granted a partner visa to someone who lodged in the same week as me (search "Kri-stinaa").

Of course, we've contacted the Berlin office several times since and been given all sorts of explanations that don't fit with this application date order promise and the evidence on this and other forums. At least we were told that everything was fine months ago, so it shouldn't be too far away.

I'll let you know when it comes through, but it's a poorly-managed process. Fortunately, other Australian government departments are much more honest and efficient than this!

That's ok! I'm glad you mentioned your situation.
Oh how frustrating that someone else, who lodged in the same week did get their visa. That would piss me right off and I'm sure that's just what it did to you.
It sure is a poorly managed process. They don't have a clue what the effect is on people's lifes. I was lucky enough that I contacted my CO when I heard that the extended the processing time. Lucky because when my speculation was confirmed I could turn back some things, that were organised. Could get my job back though. My contract ended in September and they didn't want to renew it for only a couple of months....(since I should have gotten my visa November 4th (ok 5th since the 4th was a Sunday ).
So I'll be really glad when this all is done and I can apply for jobs in Sydney!
Good luck to you too and yes please let us know when you hear something

melandabdul 11-20-2012 08:57 AM

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Originally Posted by koets (Post 69631)
That's ok! I'm glad you mentioned your situation.
Oh how frustrating that someone else, who lodged in the same week did get their visa. That would piss me right off and I'm sure that's just what it did to you.
It sure is a poorly managed process. They don't have a clue what the effect is on people's lifes. I was lucky enough that I contacted my CO when I heard that the extended the processing time. Lucky because when my speculation was confirmed I could turn back some things, that were organised. Could get my job back though. My contract ended in September and they didn't want to renew it for only a couple of months....(since I should have gotten my visa November 4th (ok 5th since the 4th was a Sunday ).
So I'll be really glad when this all is done and I can apply for jobs in Sydney!
Good luck to you too and yes please let us know when you hear something

Koets try not to let what is happening in other peoples process get you down if you can. There are generally reasons that things happen the way they do and it doesn't appear that other people's visas being approved ahead of ones submitted earlier is a common thing happening at the Berlin office so I would keep the faith in the process and in the people there until you are proven wrong. You really don't need any extra pressure or stress right now...take them on their word until you have a personal experience to chance your mind.
Stay strong!

sasasou 11-20-2012 12:41 PM

OMG!!!!

I just received this eMail from my CO: "I am pleased to advise you also that we have just been given further advice in regards to the time in which we can finalise applications, which means that I will be able to proceed with the grant of your visa before your intended travel to Australia on 8th December."

Yeeeezzz, guys, we are SOOOOOO close. Hold on, it is not far away!!!!!!!

Damn, cannot get through to my love, he is sleeping!!!

koets 11-20-2012 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by sasasou
OMG!!!!

I just received this eMail from my CO: "I am pleased to advise you also that we have just been given further advice in regards to the time in which we can finalise applications, which means that I will be able to proceed with the grant of your visa before your intended travel to Australia on 8th December."

Yeeeezzz, guys, we are SOOOOOO close. Hold on, it is not far away!!!!!!!

Damn, cannot get through to my love, he is sleeping!!!

Thats fantastic news!! I say keep calling your man until he wakes up. It's worth it ;-)
Really hope they hurry up in Berlin.

koets 11-20-2012 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by melandabdul

Koets try not to let what is happening in other peoples process get you down if you can. There are generally reasons that things happen the way they do and it doesn't appear that other people's visas being approved ahead of ones submitted earlier is a common thing happening at the Berlin office so I would keep the faith in the process and in the people there until you are proven wrong. You really don't need any extra pressure or stress right now...take them on their word until you have a personal experience to chance your mind.
Stay strong!

Thanks!! sasasou's post helps as well ;-)

melandabdul 11-20-2012 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by sasasou (Post 69691)
OMG!!!!

I just received this eMail from my CO: "I am pleased to advise you also that we have just been given further advice in regards to the time in which we can finalise applications, which means that I will be able to proceed with the grant of your visa before your intended travel to Australia on 8th December."

Yeeeezzz, guys, we are SOOOOOO close. Hold on, it is not far away!!!!!!!

Damn, cannot get through to my love, he is sleeping!!!

That is wonderful news. Hold tight to your dream and never let hope die xxx


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