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Old 05-04-2013, 06:58 PM
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As we've just sailed past the 18 Month wait, I've just submitted another complaint to IGIS. Hopefully something happens. I'll keep you all posted with the response.

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As we've just sailed past the 18 Month wait, I've just submitted another complaint to IGIS. Hopefully something happens. I'll keep you all posted with the response.
Fingers crossed for you my dear Kenyan brother.

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I waited 16 months just to be assigned to a case officer after contacting DIAC several times. Now he is telling me that my application is not eligible and I registered our relationship 25 days too late. If he told me that 10-12 months ago, I could have applied for Skilled Graduate visa and by now I would have had a PR but now I lost that option. Playing with people's lives I guess... Just hoping for some consideration with this visa.


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I waited 16 months just to be assigned to a case officer after contacting DIAC several times. Now he is telling me that my application is not eligible and I registered our relationship 25 days too late. If he told me that 10-12 months ago, I could have applied for Skilled Graduate visa and by now I would have had a PR but now I lost that option. Playing with people's lives I guess... Just hoping for some consideration with this visa.
That's really bad. At least we have had a case officer since the beginning. That kind of thing just shouldn't happen. Your application should at least be looked at inside 30 days of applying.

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That's really bad. At least we have had a case officer since the beginning. That kind of thing just shouldn't happen. Your application should at least be looked at inside 30 days of applying.
I'm over 14 months and have yet to be assigned a case officer. Fortunately I'm onshore and with my wife and child, so I can't complain too much compared to many of you. But still, it's ridiculous to be in limbo this long.


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We just received a reply from our complaint to IGIS to say it could take several weeks (see below for actual wording):

I refer to your inquiry concerning any security assessment that may be required for this visa application.

This office is the Office of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security (OIGIS) and we do not process visa applications or make security assessments. We do, however, oversee the agency that conducts security assessments if one is required as part of the application process.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is the agency responsible for conducting security assessments. I will contact ASIO for information about this visa application to check ASIO’s handling of any security assessment associated with the application.

We can check whether or not ASIO is acting unreasonably or has made a processing error but we are not able to direct ASIO to change the priority of a case, or make the process quicker for a particular applicant. Only the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) can do this.

Where we identify an issue requiring resolution, we liaise with the relevant agencies about the issue. Where possible we will advise you in general terms of the outcome of our inquiry. Please note that it may be a number of weeks before we are able to respond to you.

As DIAC is responsible for the processing of visa applications I suggest you maintain contact with DIAC for information about the ongoing status of the visa application.

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I'm really interested to see what they'll come back to you with, someuser! Fingers crossed that this will jump-start things for you.

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Hello all

My husband applied from Switzerland and last month we got an email from our CO about our application waiting for feedback from an external agency. After going through a couple of threads in this forum... I must say am horrified but decided to just go on and live life. We are both Kenyans so I can safely say next year would be a good time to start sending follow up emails.
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Yes, shiwmor, when they say they are waiting for security check or feedback from an external agency people should prepare themselves for very long ride.

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Hello all

My husband applied from Switzerland and last month we got an email from our CO about our application waiting for feedback from an external agency. After going through a couple of threads in this forum... I must say am horrified but decided to just go on and live life. We are both Kenyans so I can safely say next year would be a good time to start sending follow up emails.
Wishing everyone else here a speedy grant
Welcome shiwmor. Us Kenyans have definitely waited plenty of time. 18 months for us. We've tried everything to speed things up but we just keep hitting the same brick wall. ASIO checks seem to just take forever for Kenyans and we just have to wait. Another Kenyan member of this forum applied in Berlin and has been waiting nearly as long as us so don't think that applying in a low risk country makes any difference. The delay is all because of security checks in Kenya.

I really hope you don't have to wait as long as us.

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