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Immigration advice - visa applied 4.5 ago, still no result

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Old 06-06-2013, 12:38 AM
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Immigration advice - visa applied 4.5 ago, still no result


I applied for a GSM visa (subclass 885) as a Biochemist in early February 2009. In April 2012 I got allotted a case office and since then I'm told my application is undergoing "standard checks via external agencies". Usually I'm told this takes around 6-12 months, however in my case this has been extended. I understand that these checks occur on a case-by-case basis, but I fail to understand why the checks are taking unusually long in my case.

When I ask my case officer about this, he tells me that he cannot provide me with an answer since "the external agencies" must complete their checks to meet legal requirements to proceed with my application. Nonetheless that is dodging the question and not providing me with an appropriate answer.

I ask this because I have been living in Australia since Feb. 2005. Currently I'm doing a PhD and I also recently (2 months ago) got married to an Australian citizen. So in my opinion it should not take the agencies so long, since for most of the last 10 yrs I've resided in Australia without indulging in any nefarious activities. I've never been to court and have no criminal record. I'm a law abiding resident, so then why am I being made to wait.

Can somebody please tell me what my options are? Can I/should I lodge a complaint?


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