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Yep a bitter pill to swallow, i suggest emailing them (the old saying the squeaky wheel always get oiled) it might just pay off or at the very least make them aware of you

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My husband is an Australian citizen and I am American. We have been married for 5 and a half years and we have 2 children. I also have 2 other children from a previous marriage. My husband is currently a permanent resident of the US but we are getting ready to file for me and the kids so that we can begin a new life in OZ. Can anyone give me advice on how quick or complicated this process can be? We are hoping to be moved by summer 2014
Your situation sounds just like mine, been married 5 years, I had one child from a previous marriage and one (now two) with my Australian husband. I too looked into getting the rights removed from my exhusband, but I talked with a lawyer and there is only two cases where you (depending what state your in) is mentally handicapped or incarcerated. Because your talking about international law make sure you seek counsel that specializes in international family law.
Anyways, I was able to get an agreement in writing with him as far as visitation was cheaper in the long run as far as a lawyer goes, but def not in airfare back and forth.
We applied in Feb 14 2012and was all done by Aug 1st 2012. Just make sure that if you can't get the rights taken just have him sign a Statutory declaration stating that the children may travel and live with you in Australia. And just get a public notary to sign it with both of you. Med checks can be done as soon as you get a reciept/confirmation they have your application. But the biggest wait will be the FBI background checks for you and you hubby. Those took us a solid 8 weeks, the AFP check was only 2weeks and it was on the other side of the planet! LOL(If you plan on doing your app soon send them off now, as they are good for a year) the local ones were easy enough, unless you have lived all over the country, then you need to get ine from each state since you turned 18.
Anyways they skipped the 309visa and went straight to the 100 since we were married with kids 5+ years

Good luck! And hope that helps! If you need any help just inbox me! :-)

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Yep 100% assessment ready with enough supporting evidence to sink a ship
Unfortunately that seems to be the case. You can't plan as to when you are going to get your visa. I couldn't believe one case on this forum where they said they were granted their visa the same day their application arrived! It all seems to depend on the luck of the draw as to who your case officer is and which office you lodge at.

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Unfortunately that seems to be the case. You can't plan as to when you are going to get your visa. I couldn't believe one case on this forum where they said they were granted their visa the same day their application arrived! It all seems to depend on the luck of the draw as to who your case officer is and which office you lodge at.

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Not to mention (most importantly in my opinion) the country you or your partner are from. The security checks are the killer for us Kenyans/Kenyan lovers. We've been waiting 14 months for offshore 309 partner visa and expect possibly another 4 to 6 months waiting. It's the same story for all the Kenyans it seems.

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It's totally bullshit everyone gives 100% ready application but it depands on case officers mode and the limit given to each officer to grant visa in a certain amount of time .. It's ur luck if u are picked first in the que coz u were the last receiving application on desk and the one who send first gets last option


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yes abie it can be quite frustrating its like "luck of the draw" lol

When I call they say they have everything they need and its being assessed, which probably just means its in the pile somewhere LOL

I was hoping to spend my wife's 40th birthday with her, but not looking likely atm

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yes abie it can be quite frustrating its like "luck of the draw" lol

When I call they say they have everything they need and its being assessed, which probably just means its in the pile somewhere LOL

I was hoping to spend my wife's 40th birthday with her, but not looking likely atm
Yeah, I am sure half our applications are sitting in a dusty filing cabinet somewhere. Why don't you go on an ETA Brad, since you are from the USA. I am going on Friday on an ETA as advised by immigration to do. They just wanted me to let them know about my travel plans and I am planning to head to New Zealand when they are ready to grant the visa so it can be issued, as you need to be out of the country for the 309 when granted.

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Yes I have the ETA, and my wife recommended that route, and I don't wanna disappoint her :-D

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Yes I have the ETA, and my wife recommended that route, and I don't wanna disappoint her :-D
As a wife myself I would say that is a very good idea, not to disappoint her

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Your situation sounds just like mine, been married 5 years, I had one child from a previous marriage and one (now two) with my Australian husband. I too looked into getting the rights removed from my exhusband, but I talked with a lawyer and there is only two cases where you (depending what state your in) is mentally handicapped or incarcerated. Because your talking about international law make sure you seek counsel that specializes in international family law.
Anyways, I was able to get an agreement in writing with him as far as visitation was cheaper in the long run as far as a lawyer goes, but def not in airfare back and forth.
We applied in Feb 14 2012and was all done by Aug 1st 2012. Just make sure that if you can't get the rights taken just have him sign a Statutory declaration stating that the children may travel and live with you in Australia. And just get a public notary to sign it with both of you. Med checks can be done as soon as you get a reciept/confirmation they have your application. But the biggest wait will be the FBI background checks for you and you hubby. Those took us a solid 8 weeks, the AFP check was only 2weeks and it was on the other side of the planet! LOL(If you plan on doing your app soon send them off now, as they are good for a year) the local ones were easy enough, unless you have lived all over the country, then you need to get ine from each state since you turned 18.
Anyways they skipped the 309visa and went straight to the 100 since we were married with kids 5+ years

Good luck! And hope that helps! If you need any help just inbox me! :-)

I'm glad there is someone to talk to about this stuff...lol We can't file until I get the termination completed which will probably be a few more months. I live in NC and here it can be done on grounds of abandonment. I don't think my ex will ever sign anything allowing us to live in Australia though. It was hard enough getting him to sign for them to get their passports 3 years ago for a 3 months visit to OZ. Once that is done, everything else should go smoothly. I think I can handle a several month wait considering the 4 year immigration process we went through for my husband. I have been to Australia on 3 separate occasions spending a total of 6 months over there. My children have spent 3 months so I'm pretty sure I have good solid evidence in which will make this process easier.... I hope


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