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Old 12-12-2012, 05:00 AM
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Well there is a definite pattern to this thread. Nearly everyone contributing is from Kenya (including the original poster). I wonder if we have any power in numbers to do anything about it. Maybe some other Kenyans will join in.

I wrote to my MP back in Australia yesterday. Probably nothing will happen but I'll let you all know.

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I don't think it's fair. I think it's a little racist, actually, but I guess they have good reason to be careful about it. Still, it means that the honest people, like us, are left hanging for so long it hurts.
Our worst nightmare would be waiting this long only to get a rejection letter. I don't know if i could handle that.
I am so sorry for you wait and I pray that you will soon be reunited with your loved one. Are you waiting on a PMV? Do they say at all why you are still waiting? Is it that they have sent things to ASIO to check or did they give you ANY clue as to what is the delay?

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My man applied for his PMV 16mths ago and we're still waiting.

All the forms and checks were put in, he hasn't been asked to supply anything else (although he's going to email them this week to see if he has to do another TB xray). We have emailed our case officer and she said they didn't need any more info and everything was fine. *sigh* It's taking too long. He's still in Kenya and we haven't seen each other in just over two years. Talk about heart breaking. It's the hardest thing we've ever had to do. I wish they wouldn't take so long. What could possibily take 16mths?
On the upside, at least they haven't said no....yet.
Hi Mrs Mwangi,

As has been said, there really seems to be something up either with just being Kenyan or with having an application lodged in Nairobi. It really saddens me that you and others are still waiting 13 and 16 months later. What could they possibly be looking into for that long? Have you spoken to your CO in Kenya and what does he/she say about that?

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Well there is a definite pattern to this thread. Nearly everyone contributing is from Kenya (including the original poster). I wonder if we have any power in numbers to do anything about it. Maybe some other Kenyans will join in.

I wrote to my MP back in Australia yesterday. Probably nothing will happen but I'll let you all know.
Let us know what happened. Hopefully he will reply asap.

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We haven't been given any info on what the delay is. Last time I contacted our CO she said that everything was going fine and she'd contact us when she had more information. I'm thinking of emailing her again though. *sigh*

It does seem that this is a common thing for Kenyan applicants, doesn't it?


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We haven't been given any info on what the delay is. Last time I contacted our CO she said that everything was going fine and she'd contact us when she had more information. I'm thinking of emailing her again though. *sigh*

It does seem that this is a common thing for Kenyan applicants, doesn't it?
I suspect it is something to do with being able to interact with the Kenya authorities to confirm the information you have provided. In some first world countries like the UK, Australia shares database so this makes it super fast but in other places it it different.

The poorer the country the less infrastructure they generally have around record keeping and validation etc so it take longer.

Does feel racist but honestly I don't thin it is...and my lovely partner is Ghanaian.


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It does shock me that every time I renew my Kenyan visa in Nairobi, there isn't a computer in sight and everything is hand written and put into a folder.

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Exactly why corruption is so rampant.

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It does shock me that every time I renew my Kenyan visa in Nairobi, there isn't a computer in sight and everything is hand written and put into a folder.
Ahhhh bingo!!!!! This would be a very good reason why it takes longer. If the embassy runs this way then I assume that many if not all of the other government departments run the same way.

Imagine being asked by Australian Immigration to find a file for one person from 1987 to check what date you applied for a visa to travel to XXXXXXXXXX for example. It would take hours or days or weeks maybe as opposed to minutes in a computerised environment.

It is such a shame and does not make it ANY easier but I am sure this is why it is all Kenyan people waiting so long.


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Ahhhh bingo!!!!! This would be a very good reason why it takes longer. If the embassy runs this way then I assume that many if not all of the other government departments run the same way.

Imagine being asked by Australian Immigration to find a file for one person from 1987 to check what date you applied for a visa to travel to XXXXXXXXXX for example. It would take hours or days or weeks maybe as opposed to minutes in a computerised environment.

It is such a shame and does not make it ANY easier but I am sure this is why it is all Kenyan people waiting so long.
No the embassy doesn't run this way. Kenyan immigration does. Setting foot in there is like a flashback to the 60s. Everything done by hand. The Australian high commission is exactly how you expect a high commission to be. High tech and relatively organised.

I suspect that whatever agency ASIO is waiting on looks more like Kenyan immigration.

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