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Old 07-24-2013, 03:28 AM
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Hi everyone,

I applied for visa (subclass 574) 8 weeks ago. I took medical examination in my home country in International Clinic (IC) with my husband. In IC they said that they sent our medical results on 13 of June mine and 14 of June my husband's. They sent it to HOC. Now 6 weeks past, Australian Embassy, where I am applying, has not received my medical examination yet, however, my husband's result is already there.

I tried to contact with HOC, but everyone tells me to ask my officer in Embassy, but my officer is just waiting. I asked him to make a request to HOC, but his advice just to wait.

I have a deadline in University, where I intend to study and it is already in a week. If I am not there, I can lose my scholarship.

I do not know, what I should do now....Just wait....???


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Old 07-24-2013, 02:20 PM
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Hi TaNNa -

We had a client in this exact situation a couple of months ago, and unfortunately the case officers are powerless to do much but wait for the HOC (currently backlogged, apparently) to send the review. The moral of the story may be to disregard DIAC's published student visa processing times and allow for 3 months to process regardless of your country's assessment (risk) level.

In our case, the client was within 2 days have having to defer his studies because the visa couldn't be issued because the HOC was delayed when he got the results. I hope you're fortunate and get the info in time - in the meantime, I would ask your migration agent (or yourself if you didn't use one) to write a letter to the school and describe the situation, and see if you can get some flexibility from them since the delay is not your fault.

This vividly illustrates the problem with government agencies who are accountable to no one and will not commit to processing times - it leaves virtually everyone waiting and waiting for things to get done "whenever they get done" and makes planning all but impossible. Very frustrating.

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Hi Mark,can you assist me with this question?
The Australia Immigration and citizenship have launched Biometrics Data collection in Nigeria starting on the 29th July 2013.I am a United Arab Emirate Resident from Nigeria and my wife is a Nigerian too currently living in Nigeria at the moment,she is the primary visa applicant and we wish to apply for student visa and both of our Biometrics data are required.Now my question are if my wife submit her application at VFS Nigeria and her Biometrics collected,can my own Biometrics data be collected here in the UAE without going back to Nigeria to do it.


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Old 07-24-2013, 03:21 PM
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Hi Frank -

As I understand it, the program requires biometrics from applicants who are physically in Nigeria at the time the application is lodged, which would include your wife. We don't have enough info yet from DIAC to determine whether secondary applicants who are not physically in Nigeria on the day of application are excluded - I would ask DIAC about this, however my guess is that you may be excluded from needing to do this. Sorry I don't have more info on this for you - the policy is very new and we're all just hearing about it.

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Dear Mark,
Thanks for your swift response,i will be happy to get the answer from you as promised.Yes, i think both primary and secondary applicants should be present to lodge the application and as well take Biometrics data unless one apply through mail post and DIAC will send you a letter to go for Biometrics to the nearest Visa application center for Biometrics

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Hi TaNNa -

We had a client in this exact situation a couple of months ago, and unfortunately the case officers are powerless to do much but wait for the HOC (currently backlogged, apparently) to send the review. The moral of the story may be to disregard DIAC's published student visa processing times and allow for 3 months to process regardless of your country's assessment (risk) level.

In our case, the client was within 2 days have having to defer his studies because the visa couldn't be issued because the HOC was delayed when he got the results. I hope you're fortunate and get the info in time - in the meantime, I would ask your migration agent (or yourself if you didn't use one) to write a letter to the school and describe the situation, and see if you can get some flexibility from them since the delay is not your fault.

This vividly illustrates the problem with government agencies who are accountable to no one and will not commit to processing times - it leaves virtually everyone waiting and waiting for things to get done "whenever they get done" and makes planning all but impossible. Very frustrating.

Best of luck -

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Dear Mark,

Thank you very much for your answer.
Your advice is really helpful.
I will try to extend deadline at University and wait for the answer from HOC.

All the best,
TAnna

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Hi Frank -

Sorry for any misunderstanding - I was suggesting that you contact DIAC and get some direction from them as it pertains to your specific case. I agree that they will probably send a non-present applicant (ie, not in Nigeria) at the time of lodging to the nearest Embassy for biometrics.

Best of luck -

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Thanks for your swift response,i will be happy to get the answer from you as promised.Yes, i think both primary and secondary applicants should be present to lodge the application and as well take Biometrics data unless one apply through mail post and DIAC will send you a letter to go for Biometrics to the nearest Visa application center for Biometrics

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Thank you very much Mark.Yes,i have contacted DIAC office about it but they didn't give me clear information about the matter but they said that it is just new in my country that we should go ahead to apply but i will contact them again as soon as the Biometrics commences on 29th to know the exact thing to do.I hope if they give us go ahead order to apply without my own biometrics at the time of visa application lodgement,i hope it will not negatively affect the application decision?


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I don't see how that would be a problem - if you are not in Nigeria at the time of application, then you cannot provide biometrics in Nigeria. You might even include a short letter to DIAC with your application stating that you are not in Nigeria and should they wish you to provide biometrics, to please notify you of a location near you and you will be glad to do so.

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This is an excellent advice,thanks and that is exactly what am going to do.


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