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Old 06-27-2013, 02:04 PM
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Much of this SHOULD be common sense, but it's so easy to get caught up in our own worries when our visas are being processed that we forget COs are just people trying to do their jobs. Thanks for the info, chicken.

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Did you supply an excellent reason as to why you chose a wedding date that was before the average processing time of a PMV would have taken place? If I was a CO that is what I would be looking for in a request for expedited service.
Excellent point, Whitney. It does specifically say in the Partner Visa booklet that you should choose your wedding date by taking into account the average processing time of a PMV. Granted, that changes! But if you set your wedding date earlier than the latest processing date you're taking a risk, IMO.

That being said - picking a wedding date is hard! Average processing time for a PMV is 5-12 months, BUT you must marry within nine months of visa grant, and some people have been getting PMVs as early as four months in. You have to sit down and figure out what the earliest and the latest you think you'd get your visa will be, and figure it out that way. It's not easy.

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Old 06-27-2013, 02:31 PM
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I thought I'd share how I picked mine in case it could help someone else:

Average processing time for PMVs in the US, from what I learned on this forum, was about 5 months. I thought our visa was going to take longer because my medical exam would be referred, so I tacked on another four months to that time because that's how long Global Health is taking to process referred medicals. (Turns out that wasn't the way to do it as, if you can do your medicals right in the beginning, if they are referred they can be processed concurrently while they're doing the rest of your visa application, but...)

So... I figured if by some miracle we were granted right at five months (we applied in April, so... September), I'd need probably at least a month to get onshore - so we'd then need to marry sometime between October 2013 and June 2014. However, if our visa took the five months (average processing time for the US) plus four months (additional time for referred medicals, I thought), so, nine months total for processing, we'd want to marry between February and October 2014. So the overlapping months for us were March, April, May and June. I picked March because if I actually DID get onshore in October I knew I'd be antsy to get married by March! LOL. Not that we couldn't change our wedding date once our visa was granted to something earlier, but still...

If that confused the hell out of you, I'm not surprised! I had to sit down and write it out and use an Excel spreadsheet in order to visualize what our best options were. My advice to people trying to figure it out now is to take it step by step. REALLY sit down and think about how long processing might take:
  • think about the chances of your medicals being referred, and your ability to do them early (so they can be looking at them at the same time as the rest of your visa application is processing)...
  • think about your police checks and if in your country you have to wait to provide them until they ask (that can add on time to your processing while they're waiting for you to provide those)
  • read recent threads from people in your own country and see what the average time in your country REALLY is at the moment (sometimes DIAC's estimates can be pretty far off).
  • try to think if there is ANYTHING else in your case that is out of the ordinary and could cause a delay (child custody issues, for example).

In other words, do your homework, and pick a wedding date that makes sense so you don't get stuck. This is ESPECIALLY important if you're trying to plan a big wedding around it!

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CollegeGirl - now I'm just super excited about YOUR wedding!

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Aw! I'm super excited about it too. Like lots of PMV folks we're planning a small civil wedding shortly after my arrival in Oz, and then we'll have a big friends-and-family one back in the US a year later. Since he's from the US, too, nearly all our friends and family are here instead of in Aus. Like most brides these days I've gone Pinterest crazy planning our big wedding... I can't wait!

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And I just found myself thinking: "I wonder if my Pinterest boards would be evidence for our 820?" LOL!!! This whole process changes the way we think! Everything is evidence!

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Aw! I'm super excited about it too. Like lots of PMV folks we're planning a small civil wedding shortly after my arrival in Oz, and then we'll have a big friends-and-family one back in the US a year later. Since he's from the US, too, nearly all our friends and family are here instead of in Aus. Like most brides these days I've gone Pinterest crazy planning our big wedding... I can't wait!
I can't blame you! I'm sure Pinterest could thrive with the support of brides alone. I'm using it to plan the dream home we'll build one day!

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And I just found myself thinking: "I wonder if my Pinterest boards would be evidence for our 820?" LOL!!! This whole process changes the way we think! Everything is evidence!
This is so true...!


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It's election year. If you want changes start talking to your representatives...

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Guy's,

I think everyone has missed my point here.

The wedding date is set well after the average processing time and we were being a little cheeky trying to see if the CO might give us more information. I knew there would not be much chance of that. I do know of someone who was told by their CO...your application will be approved but not for another few months.


We also did ask if she required any further information and that was the query I expected an answer to. I know how busy they are and we have not sent her many emails at all but her previous responses to us were conversations not just a standard reply. That is my issue.

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