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Old 02-02-2012, 09:51 PM
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Date of application: November 1, 2011

Nationality: me - Canadian, partner - dual citizen (Cdn/Aus)

Visa type: defacto 309

Offshore/onshore: offshore - Ottawa

Medicals submitted (yes/no): yes - with application

Police check submitted (yes/no): yes - with application

Date CO assigned: none assigned

Date visa granted: waiting
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Like many of you, I check this forum all the time. Thanks for all the tips and insights.

I sent in my application at the end of Oct, the day the packaged arrived they billed my visa and never contacted me again. SO frustrating. I've called a few times, to let them know i went to Aus, ask clarifying questions but the overall messaging is still "DON'T CALL US, WE'LL CALL YOU" and "It will take 5-12 months to process".

Our situation is very straight forward, I believe (no crim record, lots of proof of rel'p, never married no kids,etc), so I just need to exercise patience and hope for the best.

The distance is starting to be a real drag (my partner got a great job in Aus which is why we are moving and unfortunately he had to start without me) and i'm considering going there on a 3 month tourist visa and pray that it gets issued while i'm there and i can just take a cheap flight to somewhere and come back in. The concern is, what happens if its not granted in those 3 months...do I need to be out of the country for 3 more months? Can I come anytime my visa is granted? Any thoughts or advice is appreciated!


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Old 02-03-2012, 02:22 AM
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Date of application: November 1, 2011

Nationality: me - Canadian, partner - dual citizen (Cdn/Aus)

Visa type: defacto 309

Offshore/onshore: offshore - Ottawa

Medicals submitted (yes/no): yes - with application

Police check submitted (yes/no): yes - with application

Date CO assigned: none assigned

Date visa granted: waiting
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Like many of you, I check this forum all the time. Thanks for all the tips and insights.

I sent in my application at the end of Oct, the day the packaged arrived they billed my visa and never contacted me again. SO frustrating. I've called a few times, to let them know i went to Aus, ask clarifying questions but the overall messaging is still "DON'T CALL US, WE'LL CALL YOU" and "It will take 5-12 months to process".

Our situation is very straight forward, I believe (no crim record, lots of proof of rel'p, never married no kids,etc), so I just need to exercise patience and hope for the best.

The distance is starting to be a real drag (my partner got a great job in Aus which is why we are moving and unfortunately he had to start without me) and i'm considering going there on a 3 month tourist visa and pray that it gets issued while i'm there and i can just take a cheap flight to somewhere and come back in. The concern is, what happens if its not granted in those 3 months...do I need to be out of the country for 3 more months? Can I come anytime my visa is granted? Any thoughts or advice is appreciated!
Heya Prairie!

I too am much in a similar boat as you are. My wife is from Australia and we're about 2 1/2 months into the processing time (although, I did call last week and received a very friendly update on how the application is progressing). We submitted our application to Ottawa and received notification it was starting processing on November 16th.

Honestly, if I were you, as much as the distance apart sucks, I wouldn't risk anything. I'd hold off and be patient for the visa to come through. I would absolutely dread to see you go to Australia on a tourist via and Ottawa require you to be in Canada when the visa is granted.

From what I understand about this whole thing is this general rule of thumb (someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong)...

"If you lodge offshore (outside Australia), make sure you're offshore when it's granted. If you lodge onshore (in Australia), make sure you're onshore when it's granted."

Alas, this is just one persons thoughts and opinion.

Hope it comes through for you

-Moah


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Old 02-03-2012, 05:21 AM
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Heya Prairie!

I too am much in a similar boat as you are. My wife is from Australia and we're about 2 1/2 months into the processing time (although, I did call last week and received a very friendly update on how the application is progressing). We submitted our application to Ottawa and received notification it was starting processing on November 16th.

Honestly, if I were you, as much as the distance apart sucks, I wouldn't risk anything. I'd hold off and be patient for the visa to come through. I would absolutely dread to see you go to Australia on a tourist via and Ottawa require you to be in Canada when the visa is granted.

From what I understand about this whole thing is this general rule of thumb (someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong)...

"If you lodge offshore (outside Australia), make sure you're offshore when it's granted. If you lodge onshore (in Australia), make sure you're onshore when it's granted."

Alas, this is just one persons thoughts and opinion.

Hope it comes through for you

-Moah

you actually right when you are onshore they cant approve your visa but they will send you pre-grant letter that your visa is ready and need to leave Australia to facilitate the approval.

but better to email your co our embassy to inform them about your plan, keep them on the loop.

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Old 02-03-2012, 05:58 AM
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Date of application: November 1, 2011

Nationality: me - Canadian, partner - dual citizen (Cdn/Aus)

Visa type: defacto 309

Offshore/onshore: offshore - Ottawa

Medicals submitted (yes/no): yes - with application

Police check submitted (yes/no): yes - with application

Date CO assigned: none assigned

Date visa granted: waiting
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Like many of you, I check this forum all the time. Thanks for all the tips and insights.

I sent in my application at the end of Oct, the day the packaged arrived they billed my visa and never contacted me again. SO frustrating. I've called a few times, to let them know i went to Aus, ask clarifying questions but the overall messaging is still "DON'T CALL US, WE'LL CALL YOU" and "It will take 5-12 months to process".

Our situation is very straight forward, I believe (no crim record, lots of proof of rel'p, never married no kids,etc), so I just need to exercise patience and hope for the best.

The distance is starting to be a real drag (my partner got a great job in Aus which is why we are moving and unfortunately he had to start without me) and i'm considering going there on a 3 month tourist visa and pray that it gets issued while i'm there and i can just take a cheap flight to somewhere and come back in. The concern is, what happens if its not granted in those 3 months...do I need to be out of the country for 3 more months? Can I come anytime my visa is granted? Any thoughts or advice is appreciated!
I called AHC today to ask them about visiting on an ETA while my PMV is processing because I haven't seen my boyfriend since the end of June, (received app in Ottawa Oct 3rd), and I completely understand how frustrating and anxious you get while waiting. The man (WHO, I might add, was WONDERFUL!) explained all the pros and cons about visiting while waiting for a prior visa to be granted: You can definitely go! AS LONG AS you have a return ticket out when you arrive at the customs agent when you've entered Australia. If you don't, then they'll request to see bank statements but, however, they may still ask more questions which could turn from one question to an hours worth of interrogation as to why you don't have a ticket out. The problem as well is that you can totally stay for 3 months, but if your visa hasn't been granted within those three months then you need to leave Australia for 3 months before you can come back. Any violation MIGHT result in a 3 year ban....That's just a super quick summary of what we talked about this afternoon. For me, I'm going to wait out for the visa to be granted because best case scenario for me is having the PMV granted once my 5 months has come. Hope that helps! PM if you have anymore questions!!

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Old 02-03-2012, 08:03 PM
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Heya Prairie!

I too am much in a similar boat as you are. My wife is from Australia and we're about 2 1/2 months into the processing time (although, I did call last week and received a very friendly update on how the application is progressing). We submitted our application to Ottawa and received notification it was starting processing on November 16th.

Honestly, if I were you, as much as the distance apart sucks, I wouldn't risk anything. I'd hold off and be patient for the visa to come through. I would absolutely dread to see you go to Australia on a tourist via and Ottawa require you to be in Canada when the visa is granted.

From what I understand about this whole thing is this general rule of thumb (someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong)...

"If you lodge offshore (outside Australia), make sure you're offshore when it's granted. If you lodge onshore (in Australia), make sure you're onshore when it's granted."

Alas, this is just one persons thoughts and opinion.

Hope it comes through for you

-Moah
hi Moah!

Agree that its best to be precautious, however they (immi) did tell me that I can go and travel there, I just need to advise them. Should the visa be ready to go while i'm there they will email me letting me its ready to be issued and when i leave and come back it will be granted. However, my greatest concern is, what happens if it ISN't issued while i'm there...

I'm considering maybe going only for a vacation, just so we can see each other, some of these stories I read of being apart for so long is just heart breaking, I can't handle it!

Should I have any successful or insightful conversations with immi i'll be sure to let you know. Good luck with your case, I hope we both get them soon!

Curious - do you have a case officer? I got notified they've had my file since Nov 1,2011, i have a file # but no case officer. Sounds like I may never hear from too...unbelievable how unpredictable this process is!!

Wishing you the best of luck


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Old 02-03-2012, 08:05 PM
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Thanks for the info! I would email the CO if i had one! I did go to aus for 10 days and let them know, they made a note in my file not to issue it as I would be onshore...it sure would be nice to be able to interact with my own CO. sigh.


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I called AHC today to ask them about visiting on an ETA while my PMV is processing because I haven't seen my boyfriend since the end of June, (received app in Ottawa Oct 3rd), and I completely understand how frustrating and anxious you get while waiting. The man (WHO, I might add, was WONDERFUL!) explained all the pros and cons about visiting while waiting for a prior visa to be granted: You can definitely go! AS LONG AS you have a return ticket out when you arrive at the customs agent when you've entered Australia. If you don't, then they'll request to see bank statements but, however, they may still ask more questions which could turn from one question to an hours worth of interrogation as to why you don't have a ticket out. The problem as well is that you can totally stay for 3 months, but if your visa hasn't been granted within those three months then you need to leave Australia for 3 months before you can come back. Any violation MIGHT result in a 3 year ban....That's just a super quick summary of what we talked about this afternoon. For me, I'm going to wait out for the visa to be granted because best case scenario for me is having the PMV granted once my 5 months has come. Hope that helps! PM if you have anymore questions!!
Thank you Ang! This sounds like what I've been hearing...scary to risk a visit for MAYBE violating...argh. Probably best to go for a month and visit...but risk is quitting my job and being unemployed for x amount of time...I hope we are all the lucky ones who get their visa pronto.

Are you calling the 905 # to get this info?

thanks for the help and advice! Good luck with your situation.


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Old 02-03-2012, 09:19 PM
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Thank you Ang! This sounds like what I've been hearing...scary to risk a visit for MAYBE violating...argh. Probably best to go for a month and visit...but risk is quitting my job and being unemployed for x amount of time...I hope we are all the lucky ones who get their visa pronto.

Are you calling the 905 # to get this info?

thanks for the help and advice! Good luck with your situation.
I feel you...I quit my job because I preemptively thought I'd have it granted by now...before, it looked like 4 months was the average wait but oh well, just means I get to spend more time with friends and family before I leave. I called that 905 number on their website under Visas, Immi & Citizenship, I don't bother to email because I never get a response. Luck of the draw on who you get on the phone though, some people are super helpful and others give you plain black & white information. I think Ottawa isn't really one to confirm a CO too often...it wasn't confirmed if I had one when I talked to them yesterday.

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Old 02-03-2012, 09:37 PM
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Quick question: If my partner and I get married in France, can I come back to Aussie on a Tourist visa and lodge my spouse visa application then? Would they grant me a bridging visa then?

And if I lodge the application from France, would there be any chance of me getting a bridging visa to come to Australia until the visa is approved?

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Old 02-04-2012, 01:15 AM
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Hi there, I am relatively new to this site, but have been keeping an eye on visa-timelines. Does anyone have any idea of the processing times from london offfice with regards to spouse-application.
I applied in early november! I have sent in medicals & police check & have been assigned a CO !!!
Any info would be much appreciated


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