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Old 12-15-2012, 07:35 PM
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Thanks Adventuress,
I think you summed it up with "It is as clear as mud" It is one of the reasons I spend so much time here is to get some insight as to what immigration actually does, since what they say they do and what actually happens doesn't seem to be the case.

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I agree i think the immigration department think they r god ..


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I agree i think the immigration department think they r god ..

Hopefully my husband will get his tr before christmas ... `wishfull thinking ` haha


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Old 12-16-2012, 11:20 PM
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Hi crasht,

Many thanks for your detailed response and for your support.

Yes, I loved your percentage indicator idea when you first suggested it a couple of months ago. It would not only keep applicants more or less appeased, but it will also indirectly help to speed up the process because applicants won't have a need to constantly write to their processing centres asking for updates.

I certainly agree that we the current applicants and sponsors must do something to let not only the government but also the whole country know about how terrible things are. This can affect anybody in this day and age of international students and extensive overseas travel by Australians, if not directly then through close family members such as children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. And yet almost everyone who has to go through this process is entirely unprepared and frankly quite naive when they first have to find out what they'll be up against. I know I was, and I know other people also are when they say to me, "I thought a partner of an Australian automatically got citizenship?"

We need to be vocal about this, and we need to do this now. We need to let the government know that we're not happy with a massive 30% increase in fees within six months. We need to let them know that we're not happy to be treated as less than Australian citizens while we're subjected to inhumane waiting periods apart from the partners we have had the basic human right to choose. We're not happy that even with the fee paid and evidence submitted and processing time waited, it's still not a done deal, with no possibility of a refund of soon to be max. four grand!

I think you've definitely hit on a good point about Australian priorities on mental health. We should also write to research bodies currently pursuing mental health issues suggesting that they take this topic up. Perhaps it will cause the government to wake up when they see their beloved taxpayers are taking more and more sick leave and draining the healthcare system with problems created by this (their) process.

As for our own application, well, it is really quite straightforward. We've been together a long time, we're both young without previous relationships and no children, and he at least has only ever lived in his own country. The only thing is that he has a larger immediate family than is normal by Australian standards so perhaps that is indeed the reason it's taking a long time. However, I don't think that Applicant 2 differed in this respect.

I have been considering making a complaint but everyone close to me has tried to discourage me. "Don't make them angry, don't give them a reason to reject you or to delay the process further". And in the country I am in that may well occur. Similar stories were coming out of Egypt a couple of years ago. These people do have extraordinary power over our lives. So to be honest I have become a little scared to go through with this.

Luckily (or unluckily, actually) for me and my husband we have already had to spend a cumulative total of two full years apart, so we know that we are strong enough to deal with this when we have to do it again early next year (if the visa isn't granted within the next couple of months). The only thing is that we've been physically in the same place together 24/7 for the past two years so it will be a big adjustment to suddenly be in different countries again! Not looking forward to it, I can tell you that!

Thanks again for taking the time to reply so thoughtfully
Hi Adventuress,

I have a friend studying Psychology at this very moment and I believe is about to choose a real life study case... this would be perfect I think. I have already suggested it to her in a detailed email and she has already been witness to my situation over the duration. Hopefully it interests her enough, but I also suggested mentioning it to other students if she chooses not to analyse this.

See how we go.

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Old 01-22-2013, 01:54 PM
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It is now 7 months since we made our application. Having waited two more months since I Iast contacted the embassy, I emailed again giving an update on our circumstances (namely that I have to go back to Australia by myself in three weeks) and asking whether my husband's visa might be processed soon after that time. I received the stock standard response: "Kindly note the application is under normal process. Please be assured that you will be contacted upon further updates."

Meanwhile, it is now four and a half months since we were first told that we'd be interviewed "in the near future". That's a third of a year - not exactly near future. At the very least, I wish they could finally get this interview out of the way, surely almost five months since they were ready is enough to actually do it? I simply don't understand how two applications made three weeks apart could be so different in processing times - one done within three months and the other still going after seven! Simply fed up.

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I have no words, Adventuress. I am in eight month too.

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I'm so sorry, Adventuress. I hope maybe they just decided not to interview you after all and that this email, despite their non-response, will light a fire under them and they'll go back to looking at your application again. Fingers crossed for you!

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All I can say is I'm so sorry to hear all this and: what I wouldn't give for a peek behind the DIAC curtain!

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Thank you everyone for your support.

After two and a half months had passed since they'd promised we'd be interviewed, and we'd heard nothing, I also thought that maybe it meant they'd decided not to do it. But when I asked about this at that time, the response was, "you will be interviewed, and it will be in the near future." Now another two months has passed with nothing. I don't understand why they can't simply get their act together and do the things they tell us they will do.

In my latest email to them I also said that if they need additional documents, they should consider that it would be easier for us to comply with such a request while I'm still in the country (I'm the one who doe the paperwork in our marriage) - after this I'm expecting they might want additional stuff after I've already left and then it'd be very difficult to arrange because all the documents would be left in the country I'm leaving!

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Thank you everyone for your support.

After two and a half months had passed since they'd promised we'd be interviewed, and we'd heard nothing, I also thought that maybe it meant they'd decided not to do it. But when I asked about this at that time, the response was, "you will be interviewed, and it will be in the near future." Now another two months has passed with nothing. I don't understand why they can't simply get their act together and do the things they tell us they will do.

In my latest email to them I also said that if they need additional documents, they should consider that it would be easier for us to comply with such a request while I'm still in the country (I'm the one who doe the paperwork in our marriage) - after this I'm expecting they might want additional stuff after I've already left and then it'd be very difficult to arrange because all the documents would be left in the country I'm leaving!
Sorry to hear about the lack of progress :-( I guess the most frustrating part at this point wouldn't even be the power they have over your future anymore - it's their "dominant" position in the situation; they have all the power so you'd feel like you can't tell them how it is when something like this gets to the point of just strange, because they still make the rules and have the final say. If any other institution does not uphold promises or even indications, and it gets to this point, most people would file a complaint of some kind... but who's gonna file a complaint with DIAC when their visa application is still being processed? Even if DIAC would never hold it against your application, few would feel comfortable doing it as we've all sacrificed so much to ask them to accept us. I can't even imagine how hard it must be for you to deal with that.

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I think the one and only problem with this whole system is that no one can supervise them. There is no one people can go to and complain, really, and no one to look at everything that's going on and see if it is working the way it should. Even countries get controlled by something, can even be sentenced, how come DIAC is so powerful? Why is there NOTHING anyone can do to threaten them?
I know that back in my country immigration gets frequently publicly accused of all sorts of stuff if they decide not to let people in or stay that not even have family bonds there. It is ridiculous, how can the australian immigration be so untouchable?

I know I have nothing to complain about as I applied just over a month ago. (Although someone else who applied in Sydney 2 days after me somehow got his visa at the very beginning of January despite the Christmas holidays. No offense, I'm really happy for that person, but seriously what the hell?) I am just a bit scared of all these months before me with nothing happening.

My heart goes out to all the people who are waiting at the moment! Hang in there!

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