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Old 05-02-2017, 06:38 AM
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Hi everyone,

I wish I had found this thread earlier- I've been quietly going mad while waiting 'on my own'! We made our initial submission on 21 October 2016 and had all our docs, biometrics and medicals submitted by the end of November. My online tracker has said "assessment in progress" since December and the sponsor section says "submitted".

I'm from Cape Town and my partner is Australian- he is here on a tourist visa and has just applied for the South African equivalent of de facto visa so that he can work here while we wait for this visa. We fulfil the relationship criteria quite strongly (lived together in both South Africa and Australia for 3 years, joint bank accounts, PLENTY of social evidence etc etc etc) but our case is quite complicated otherwise due to medical issues.

We opted not to go through a migration agency (at the recommendation of a migration agent!) so we submitted online ourselves.

I called TLS contact a few months ago and the guy told me that "no new is good news" (if only that made this easier!) and that the waiting time for SA citizens is currently 8-12 months and if I haven't heard after 8 months I can call again and they will be able to give me specific updates on my visa. As of 21 June I will be phoning all day everyday!

Sorry for the long message, but I'm so happy to find a "South African" feed!

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Hi everyone,

I wish I had found this thread earlier- I've been quietly going mad while waiting 'on my own'! We made our initial submission on 21 October 2016 and had all our docs, biometrics and medicals submitted by the end of November. My online tracker has said "assessment in progress" since December and the sponsor section says "submitted".

I'm from Cape Town and my partner is Australian- he is here on a tourist visa and has just applied for the South African equivalent of de facto visa so that he can work here while we wait for this visa. We fulfil the relationship criteria quite strongly (lived together in both South Africa and Australia for 3 years, joint bank accounts, PLENTY of social evidence etc etc etc) but our case is quite complicated otherwise due to medical issues.

We opted not to go through a migration agency (at the recommendation of a migration agent!) so we submitted online ourselves.

I called TLS contact a few months ago and the guy told me that "no new is good news" (if only that made this easier!) and that the waiting time for SA citizens is currently 8-12 months and if I haven't heard after 8 months I can call again and they will be able to give me specific updates on my visa. As of 21 June I will be phoning all day everyday!

Sorry for the long message, but I'm so happy to find a "South African" feed!
Hey Robyn! Thanks for joining in! If you read the last 4-5 pages in this thread you will note that 2-3 SA Citizens indeed got their grants within 8-9 months as for Non-SA they got theirs within 12-13 months. It's been 1-2 days over 7 months for me and I hope I'll get mine within 5 months from now.

FYI, my account never changed status, neither the sponsor's. I also heard the "no news is good news" thing and I'm really crossing fingers it is indeed as my application too is complex given that my fiancee was previously married and only got divorced less than a year before I applied for the PMV. Did you apply for Partner Visa or PMV?

I am sorry to hear about the medical condition and hope everything shall be alright sooner rather than later.

Please keep us updated as you hear more from your CO and also let us know if you have ever been contacted by a CO.

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Thanks Selwyn! It seems like it you know what's potting around here

I see that- holding thumbs the same applies to me! I applied for the Partner Visa.

Thank you, everything's fine now but it's more a concern with my medical history. Much like with everything to do with these visa's there is no clear cut path so we're just holding thumbs.

Good luck with your wait too. I am constantly puzzled at how long these things take!


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robyn92,

Can you expand on the medical condition?

Some agents don't give good advice (even if they are registered).

Any medical issue needs to be well addressed.


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Hi,

I had cancer a few years ago. I prefer not to talk about it on these forums as people tend to assume it's an automatic rejection and I don't need that kind of negative energy!

We compiled a comprehensive application which includes a whole section about my medical history- this included some of the information that they would request for a medical waiver should they find we do not pass the medical requirements (the risk being that they might deem that I would put 'strain' on public health expenditure / reduce Aus citizen's access to medicine/procedures in short supply should I have a recurrence all of which is a major supposition).

I know some agents are useless (been there!) but I got second and third opinions. We took nearly 2 years to compile our evidence and did a lot of legislative research too. I know (good) agents are there for a reason but I'm confident we put forward the best possible application that we could. It's all submitted now so there's no going back and we'll deal with any obstacles when we get to them and will bring in a migration lawyer who specialises in medical waivers if needs be.


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Hi

Wasn't contacted but when our migration agent sent more evidence she cc'd two pple in one of them emails and only one person cc'd in the last email she sent. Initials are OB and JL ( first and last name initials)


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You seem to have a handle on it robyn92.

Hope not needed but there are 2 people that are considered the experts and the ones to seek for medical issues on visas. So if you do need you can find the names easily on this site.

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Hi,

I had cancer a few years ago. I prefer not to talk about it on these forums as people tend to assume it's an automatic rejection and I don't need that kind of negative energy!

We compiled a comprehensive application which includes a whole section about my medical history- this included some of the information that they would request for a medical waiver should they find we do not pass the medical requirements (the risk being that they might deem that I would put 'strain' on public health expenditure / reduce Aus citizen's access to medicine/procedures in short supply should I have a recurrence all of which is a major supposition).

I know some agents are useless (been there!) but I got second and third opinions. We took nearly 2 years to compile our evidence and did a lot of legislative research too. I know (good) agents are there for a reason but I'm confident we put forward the best possible application that we could. It's all submitted now so there's no going back and we'll deal with any obstacles when we get to them and will bring in a migration lawyer who specialises in medical waivers if needs be.
I'm sorry to hear you had to deal with that. But a note to the good. I had cancer 6 years ago. Just had my medicals and cleared them with flying colors. Sounds like you have all of your ducks in a row, so you should be good. I love the positivity! Keep your head up! Fingers crossed for you that you get your grant soon.

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LRR is not an uneducated poster.
In fact she has learnt the system well.

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LRR is not an uneducated poster.
In fact she has learnt the system well.
I don't know about that...but one or our MARA agents on here did tell me I could consider a career in Immigration after all the research I've had to do for my own visas! LOL

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