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Old 08-14-2013, 05:17 PM
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other people are being approved and they applied after us( 309 visa)

we applied for a 309 visa from Canada to Australia. I see on the time line that other people have already had there visa granted and they applied 2 months after us!. we applied back in april and have done all the checks, has anyone had this happen to them


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It can obviously vary depending on where the application is lodged/what is inside the application.

Everyone is different, that's the only way to explain it.

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The "timelines" feature is useful, but it can't tell you everything. As Peter said above, everyone's case is different.

Multiple things can affect processing time:

1) if your medicals get referred for whatever reason (this is a big one as it can delay things 3-4 months). Even if you think your medical was A-OK, they still are referring some people who got graded "A" at their medical exam. Not sure if it's random checks or what, but it seems to be happening pretty often now.

2) If you've lived in a high-risk country for any period of time, external security checks can delay things for months.

3) If there are children involved from previous marriages, that can take longer.

4) People who get their visas granted quickly could have been lucky enough to get a speedy CO, or one who was about to go on vacation and trying to knock things out before she left.

5) Your CO could be particularly slow.

But frankly, you've only been waiting four months, which is not at all long in the partner visa game. There's only one country I know of whose average offshore processing time is faster than that, and that's the Philippines. The USA's average is 5 months, while London's is 8-9 months, to give you an idea, and those are the FAST places. I would not be getting worried/antsy yet. I actually only see one person who applied from Canada for a 309 who applied after you and got their visa granted, and frankly she was just really lucky. Sometimes people just get lucky and get their grants really fast, but they're few and far between. We call that the "visa lottery" here because it's so impossible to predict.

With so few 309 applications from Canada in the last several months, it's impossible to discern a useful pattern. You really need more than just a few, and there are only three 309s applied for from Canada since January (one of the applicants who applied for a 309 in that time period is Canadian, but applied through London).

Two of those people (including the one I just mentioned) got lucky and got a grant in two months; the other applied in May, and like you, is still waiting.

Average processing time in the US is 5 months. I can't imagine Canada is much different. I know it's hard to wait, but try to keep things in perspective a little - there are people here from high-risk countries who have been waiting for a visa grant for sixteen months or longer. Try to be patient. It'll come.

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we are on the same boat. I applied my wife's visa on 15/05/2013.. Submitted every thing a month back...bt still no reply from the department. My wife is from High Risk country bt a permanent resident of canada thanks....


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Goldy, if your wife is from a high risk country, that alone is enough to make her wait longer... just FYI so you're prepared.

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Do not try to understand the order in which some visas are processed. It will do your head in. All we can do is sit back and hope that we're next to win the immigration lottery (and occasionally wonder if our file fell behind someone's desk 6 months ago and that's why we haven't heard anything).

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I know how you feel. We haven't really been waiting that long, but I try to stay away from Timeline searches. I said TRY...

We applied on 23 January - since then (so the vast majority of them after, months after) 50 others on there have also applied for the same visa onshore.

Over half have gotten the visa granted already. Out of the group that applied mostly after us. That's depressing. Some at the same office. We have not heard a word.

My partner insists they must be lying, but I don't know why anyone would, I mean really. It's frustrating - if we had at least heard something at least we'd know they're putting something into it. My fear is that they just never contact us, reject, end of discussion. Oh god here my mind goes again... I gave up everything and it was hard to start over, but I did it, to have to pack up the life we've built and start over again? Let's just say he'll need a lot of glue to glue all my tiny shattered pieces back together - he'll manage, but I'm not looking forward to that possibility.

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I know how you feel. We haven't really been waiting that long, but I try to stay away from Timeline searches. I said TRY...

We applied on 23 January - since then (so the vast majority of them after, months after) 50 others on there have also applied for the same visa onshore.

Over half have gotten the visa granted already. Out of the group that applied mostly after us. That's depressing. Some at the same office. We have not heard a word.

My partner insists they must be lying, but I don't know why anyone would, I mean really. It's frustrating - if we had at least heard something at least we'd know they're putting something into it. My fear is that they just never contact us, reject, end of discussion. Oh god here my mind goes again... I gave up everything and it was hard to start over, but I did it, to have to pack up the life we've built and start over again? Let's just say he'll need a lot of glue to glue all my tiny shattered pieces back together - he'll manage, but I'm not looking forward to that possibility.
The 820's are really hard to compare with others in regards to the timeframe. That is because those that applied for the 300 then come onshore get married and apply for the 820. Those that have come from the 300 visa usually get approved for the 820 in day or weeks.

I know how you feel though. My fiancee will need a tonne of glue to put the pieces back together. It was really hard for me when his tourist visa got rejected but took me awhile to get over it and move on (he is from high risk country) if for some reason they reject his PMV it will most likely push me over the edge and into a billion pieces.


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I'm about to apply for my partner visa next month and I'm freaking out right now!!!

I still have lots to do but most of my documents for my application are done

CollegeGirl just said something that did not make me happy AT ALL!! I'm applying with my spanish passport but I'm originaly from Brazil (born and lived there most of my life!!). I'm pretty sure Brazil is consider a HR country! Ouch!!! I'm not very happy about it hehehe!!

Hope that doesn't delay my process!!

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Sorry debz... Are you applying onshore? Looks from your Timeline like you are? If so, you're looking at up to an 18 month wait anyway currently, even for people from low-risk countries... I doubt it would delay it further than that.

Where it really affects things can be offshore (300 and 309) applications, which is what I was talking about above, and which normally take between 3-9 months depending on which low-risk country we're talking about. Then, if you've got a history of being from or living in a high-risk country, that simply means that a lot of that government's data is not available to be shared electronically with Australia automatically - which means Australia is at the mercy of that country's government to get them security data whenever they choose to send it. Some high-risk countries are faster than others, and some drag their feet and take forever with it.

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