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Old 04-23-2013, 12:08 AM
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The most stressful part of our visa application was when our CO (after he said in August that processing time was 7-9 months) said in January that processing time is not 7-9 months any more, that "it is minimum 1 year now and we will see after that". I would like to point out to " we will see after that time passes". "We will see"? So it could be more than a year, it could be any possible time in the world and we, applicants, can not do anything about it. I even sold my car when first processing time was near and even closed my business because we never thought, even in our silliest dreams, we will wait 1 year for visa. 5 years married, child of 4, never married before, we live together and never separated, my work is not dangerous for anybody (stonemason), when served army I was medic, I never lived in any other country and never even traveled to any country outside my country so I am not security risk to anybody and after all that mentioned I hope you could understand my frustration. You can not plan anything, you can not prepare yourself and you just live from today till tomorrow with one leg in your offshore country and one leg in Australia - you are in both countries but in fact you are nowhere and that is definition of the most frustrating thing in the processing visa application for my little family.
Yep we are all in Limbo Land

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I understand that most people experience some level of stress and anxiety in there lives, but never to the level of waiting for an answer from the DIAC, if they could write a book on stress levels and how it effects people it would defiantly be a best seller. My personal experience of stress wasn't apparent whilst preparing the paper work and collecting the abundance of information required ( i had being married twice before and needed paper work from previous marriages including my children s details). My stress levels rose once i had submitted the paper work it had become official i had taken a path down the long winding road and there was nothing straight forward about this path. The waiting and checking on emails every hour of the day was ridiculous something i would never engage into again, looking back i kick myself for being a slave to the " inbox" of my emails. The thoughts and sleepless nights of what ifs and could i have sent off something to hurry the process, no i couldnt have provided the CO with any more paper work but it didnt stop the sleepless nights. The lack of conversation from my CO was my biggest stress booster, i wont go into my CO as most of you know my story with him, but lack of communication seems to be a path the DIAC and the CO,s have taken in some level of degree, i truly dont know how these people sleep at night knowing they have hundreds of applicants waiting eagerly for an answer knowing they have made there decision already. I could never understand how one person who doesnt know nothing about me can hold my life and future in there hands and decide upon my fate, i have never prayed so much in my life.
Getting back to stress levels and how these people effect us doesnt just rest on us it effects everything and everybody around us, i had small arguments with my husband, all my fault i was stressed and Kevin bless him worried about me and my health, poor Kevin ended up having a heart attack due to all the stress and worry. My work colleques found there partner irritated and distracted by all the stress, i was no longer this happy go lucky person they had worked with for 13 years i was worrying all the time . I didnt know if i was going to continue working or not, i couldnt take the promotion, i couldnt move on with my life, i had my whole life in one persons hands and he wouldnt communicate with neither my agent or myself, months dragged by and the promise that a decision would be made in a few weeks time raised my hopes and for nothing, i was back to square one again, another nail in my coffin. Guys i was stressed, my husband bless him was stressed, my family didnt know what was happening, my children were at a loss not knowing if there coming or staying. Guys dont stress it just isnt worth it, there is nothing we can do there are no bribes, no sweet talking polite emails that can change the minds of these people, or encourage them to make a decision, they will take a decision when there ready and nothing in the world can encourage these people. I made my husband sick with worry, i made myself sick with worry and for what just to be told that no matter what i did or said would not put my application to the top of the pile, they had rules to stick by and the waiting game had just begun.... would i stress out again, probably but not to the degree i had experienced.

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Nope, still waiting.....
Me too 19th October arrrrrrr


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Old 04-23-2013, 07:31 AM
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I am at. 6mths and 4days, with no caseofficer or anything, so I can back this up, they call it the M factor - one foot in continents, you can't make plans in your old live or make roots in your new.
That is a sressfull way to live and everyone asking when your going !!!
I wish I knew atleast if you had a date to work too x x arrrrrrrrrrrrr


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I'm slowly starting to get more and more stressed out about our partner visa application. We are still in the stage of collecting information and evidence but I can already see what a massive (bureaucratic) mountain it is to climb. The sheer volume of data you need to collect and present in the correct way is just scary.

But scariest of all is the not-knowing. Not knowing whether the application will be accepted. Not knowing when it will be accepted. Not knowing when we'll have to leave for Australia.

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I'm slowly starting to get more and more stressed out about our partner visa application. We are still in the stage of collecting information and evidence but I can already see what a massive (bureaucratic) mountain it is to climb. The sheer volume of data you need to collect and present in the correct way is just scary.

But scariest of all is the not-knowing. Not knowing whether the application will be accepted. Not knowing when it will be accepted. Not knowing when we'll have to leave for Australia.
I know excatly the same with a hubby and two children x


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Yes and no.

I found getting the application ready very stressful. I find thinking about our chances very stressful (with a long-term unemployed partner, even though I myself am employed and his mother is willing to sign an Assurance of Support). I find it very stressful to think why we aren't being granted as fast as some other people. The level of stress on those last three things is very high.

But then the key to them is that they're not 24/7. The application has been sent in and that stress is over. And I don't spend all day every day thinking about it while we're waiting, in fact most of the time I am fine and not even thinking about it. I try to keep my mind off it which is why I don't come to the forum as often anymore - I try to stop by now and then and help people if they need it but frankly I don't want to think about most of it at this point. We've hit the 3 month waiting mark today so at this point I'm 100% sure we're not getting a fast grant, so I might as well relax.

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I'm slowly starting to get more and more stressed out about our partner visa application. We are still in the stage of collecting information and evidence but I can already see what a massive (bureaucratic) mountain it is to climb. The sheer volume of data you need to collect and present in the correct way is just scary.

But scariest of all is the not-knowing. Not knowing whether the application will be accepted. Not knowing when it will be accepted. Not knowing when we'll have to leave for Australia.
Couldn't agree more with you. Yesterday was a real pain. A lot of places in Switzerland don't allow you to have things in two names unless you are married. For example we set up our internet and tv in November were told we could not have the account in both names and when we rang yesterday to ask if we can have that in writing (to say we did try to put in both names) we were told it is possible however, they can not re print our bills or statements in both names from November :/ So now we will have only statements in both names from May.....

SO frustrating....there are so many little things and you're always worried your missing something....not to mention the cost of getting things translated and certified....


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The most stressful part was getting all the evidences together! Especially when I was starting from scratch and reading about the 4 categories of evidences, I had to think hard about what I had on hand and how I was going to present them. However on the contrary, I actually enjoyed filling in the forms! Perhaps because I did it on the laptop and didn't write it out. Typing in PDF was so cool! :P

I did stress over...

- how I would write my relationship statement.
- how I could get my partner to write one (men!), and in the end I ended up writing for him lol.
- our joint bank account because there was only AUD$70.
- how my partner can show his employment history when it was barely existent.
- summarising 4.5 years of chat logs and phone bills
- putting together ALL my air tickets / online booking confirmations since I made at least 10 trips to see my partner since 2008
- printing coloured pictures from my office printer and hoping my co-workers wouldn't notice because I didn't have a colour printer at home :P

And I'd say the biggest stress of all was getting my police checks from 3 countries (oh the money spent on application fees and DHL ) because getting the check from one of the countries (China) was a great pain in the a*se...

But hey I'm just thanking everyone and Lady Blessings that everything is over

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