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Old 01-30-2013, 10:04 AM
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Surely this wouldnt effect offshore aplications, i,e people going through Berlin for example. Or would it? Oh my heart goes out to all of you still waiting, what a sickner this news is.
It would affect offshore applications, louiseb. My CO already told me that now it is 1 year, not 7-9 months any more.

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It would affect offshore applications, louiseb. My CO already told me that now it is 1 year, not 7-9 months any more.
I would have to agree that offshore processing is just as likely to blow out due to the changes in the skilled migration requirements pushing people into alternatives like the partner migration scheme. It would seem in the case of Washington DC that applications are just stagnating.

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So as a layman - do petitions actually do anything? And if so, for one to have effect in Australia would it be best to go with Australian signatures only, or add international ones of applicants' family members as well?

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With all applications computerised, I'm sure DIAC has stats on progress and processing times.
They would have certain targets that they'd like to meet, but I read somewhere on the immi website, that there are approx 14,000 new applications every month.
Most come from NZ and Oceania, followed by China then the UK and others.

High risk countries figure in the lowest percentage of applications.
These stats include all applications.

A bit of interesting info.
"Priority processing times

Application processing times are given priority depending on which Family Stream visa you apply for. The following are examples of priority processing times:
  • Higher priority is given to immediate family such as those applying within the Partner or Child categories. This includes dependent children, children for adoption, orphan relatives, partners and fiancés.
  • Higher priority is given to those applying for Carers visas. Carers fall within the Other Family category. The higher priority is in recognition of the support they provide to Australian residents with a serious medical condition and their contribution to the community.
  • Higher priority is given to those applying for the Contributory Parent visa rather than those applying for the Parent visa within the Parent category.
  • Lower priority is given to other applicants who fall within the Other Family category such as Remaining Relatives, and Aged Dependent Relatives."

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I personally don't think the timeframe is the worst part of it when you're applying onshore. At the end of the day we are lucky enough to be home with our loved ones. What really bugs me is I'm not "authorized" to leave the country until my visa has been approved.

15 months is a long time to put one's life on hold especially when you know deep down you're going to be approved anyway... When I think about all the things we will be missing back in Europe just because we're waiting on my Temp Partner Visa to be approved, it really sickens me. They want you to build a real relationship, to do things together so you can "prove" it's all genuine. Realistically, in increasing the processing times, they're just making it yet more complicated for people to start their real life together and give them proof they are in a committed relationship.

Seeing that I'll be applying for my visa in a week or so, I now know I won't be able to make it to my cousin's wedding next year, and also know we won't be able to start planning our European wedding for yet another couple of years. This is ridiculous.

And I feel so sorry for those who are waiting abroad, hoping to get the good news on a daily basis

In saying that though, why is it some people on this forum have managed to get their visa approved within weeks? What is it that makes them worth the grant more so than someone else?

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Hi Krysthell -

Assuming you're applying onshore and are "legal" when you apply, you'll likely get a Bridging Visa A, which allows you to apply for a Bridging Visa B for a trip offshore for "substantial" reasons, which in my experience would include a family wedding. You can apply for multiple BV-B's over the course of your processing as long as the trips are for "substantial" reasons.

Back in the good old days (3 years ago), some onshore partner visas were approved on the spot at the counter at DIAC! Even as recently as 2011 I've seen onshore partner visas approved in a few weeks in some cases where the application was decision-ready, all docs were included and there were no unusual circumstances about the visa application.

I still have to believe that application packages that have all docs and no unusual circumstances still will get (somewhat) faster processing than others.

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Hi Krysthell -

Assuming you're applying onshore and are "legal" when you apply, you'll likely get a Bridging Visa A, which allows you to apply for a Bridging Visa B for a trip offshore for "substantial" reasons, which in my experience would include a family wedding. You can apply for multiple BV-B's over the course of your processing as long as the trips are for "substantial" reasons.

Back in the good old days (3 years ago), some onshore partner visas were approved on the spot at the counter at DIAC! Even as recently as 2011 I've seen onshore partner visas approved in a few weeks in some cases where the application was decision-ready, all docs were included and there were no unusual circumstances about the visa application.

I still have to believe that application packages that have all docs and no unusual circumstances still will get (somewhat) faster processing than others.

Best,

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Thank you Mark.
I just didn't think a family wedding was a substantial reason as far as immigration was concerned but it is somewhat of a relief.

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Hint: Make sure you describe it as a very special, once-in-a-lifetime, family wedding :-)

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Hi Krysthell -

Assuming you're applying onshore and are "legal" when you apply, you'll likely get a Bridging Visa A, which allows you to apply for a Bridging Visa B for a trip offshore for "substantial" reasons, which in my experience would include a family wedding. You can apply for multiple BV-B's over the course of your processing as long as the trips are for "substantial" reasons.
Thank you Mark

I was trying to decipher the BV only yesterday, from the immi site.
Your info is the answer I was looking for.

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Hi Philip -

Glad I could help. BV's are a confusing subject for many.

With BV-B's, the key is to show the trip is substantial. That being said, if you're nearing visa grant, they generally won't approve a BV-B, and the longest I've seen a BV-B issued for is 3 months generally - more often they're issued for 1 or 2 months or however long (shorter than 3 months) you request.

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