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Old 02-05-2019, 09:48 PM
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Hi NZRo, any joy? We're not sure whether just to get the health exam and police check before sending ours off but not sure whether that's a waste of money given the current processing times!
I applied in Sydney and you have to include your police check(s) with your application.
Your case officer will contact you to have the chest x-rays/health checks when they require it, so don't waste your money getting this done prior to applying.
Thanks LaurenK top intel! I thought you had to wait for the police check to be requested too. I was reading earlier on the govt site that if you’re applying for a temporary visa and you’re from a low risk country you might not be asked to do a medical exam. Has anyone had experience of their visa being granted without it?


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Old 02-06-2019, 09:23 AM
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Thanks LaurenK top intel! I thought you had to wait for the police check to be requested too. I was reading earlier on the govt site that if you’re applying for a temporary visa and you’re from a low risk country you might not be asked to do a medical exam. Has anyone had experience of their visa being granted without it?
My advice would be to use a reputable agent - I wish I'd shelled out the money to have that point of contact who could touch base with the embassy.

If you're not bothered about the time to process then you're fine, although I suspect you'll be waiting a significant time to hear anything and at least if you can call the agent you'll get an update of sorts. I tried calling a few and they seem to say the UK embassy is faster than the current processing times, so I'm still hopeful of sub 18 months!

I never sent a medical check but my guess is it will depend on factors such as age/nationality (the UK has reciprocal agreement w/Aus).


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Old 02-11-2019, 11:02 AM
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Hi London461, we'd already pulled together most of the materials so i think we're just gonna go for a visa checking service as we are ok with a wait (we've assumed this would take a couple of years so it's just a pleasant surprise if we hear sooner!)

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I tried calling a few and they seem to say the UK embassy is faster than the current processing times, so I'm still hopeful of sub 18 months! .
Have you had any joy?

Daft question, but you definitely lodge your application in paper form at the London Embassy, right? The Embassy website redirects you to the gov.au website for initial applications ("Clients who have not yet lodged a visa or citizenship application should visit our website, www.homeaffairs.gov.au.", which in turn says the form should be lodged at their address in Sydney?! I'm now paranoid everything I've been reading is wrong!


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Hi London461, we'd already pulled together most of the materials so i think we're just gonna go for a visa checking service as we are ok with a wait (we've assumed this would take a couple of years so it's just a pleasant surprise if we hear sooner!)



Have you had any joy?

Daft question, but you definitely lodge your application in paper form at the London Embassy, right? The Embassy website redirects you to the gov.au website for initial applications ("Clients who have not yet lodged a visa or citizenship application should visit our website, www.homeaffairs.gov.au.", which in turn says the form should be lodged at their address in Sydney?! I'm now paranoid everything I've been reading is wrong!
Yes, I applied via post to the London embassy. I'm not aware of any changes however perhaps give the Global Visa number a call to verify as I'm certainly no expert!


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Old 02-18-2019, 10:13 AM
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VISA GRANTED!

I received an email on 15/02/19, which notified of granted visa. Whole process has taken 7months from within the UK. I was emailed in January for some additional information, which I sent back promptly (bills, letters from family and friends and we sent in some photographs - our choice).

Very excited to start life with my husband and dogs in Aussie.

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VISA GRANTED!

I received an email on 15/02/19, which notified of granted visa. Whole process has taken 7months from within the UK. I was emailed in January for some additional information, which I sent back promptly (bills, letters from family and friends and we sent in some photographs - our choice).

Very excited to start life with my husband and dogs in Aussie.

Kimberley
Congratulations! So happy for you guys - all the best!

Did you need to get a medical check in the end?


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Thank you! 😊 No medical check mentioned in my visa grant. Think medical checks are only needed depending on which country you are in. Also, don’t think they are required for temporary visas.

Wishing everyone on here the best of luck with applications and thank you for the advice, really appreciate it.

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Old 02-20-2019, 10:37 AM
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VISA GRANTED!

I received an email on 15/02/19, which notified of granted visa. Whole process has taken 7months from within the UK. I was emailed in January for some additional information, which I sent back promptly (bills, letters from family and friends and we sent in some photographs - our choice).

Very excited to start life with my husband and dogs in Aussie.

Kimberley
Congratulations! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly envious....!

All the best for your new life - sounds super exciting.


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Old 02-20-2019, 06:16 PM
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7 months give me hope - the immigration sites now saying 90% within 23 months!!

We applied in November but haven’t heard anything past the confirmation of the application...

Are police checks not usually asked for from the U.K.?


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Old 02-23-2019, 10:28 PM
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Hi NZRo, any joy? We're not sure whether just to get the health exam and police check before sending ours off but not sure whether that's a waste of money given the current processing times!
Hi KC24, as above we got the Police check and my non-NZ partner logged onto the MyHealthDeclarations website and filled in where she lived and it came back with a little certificate saying no health tests required because we're from a low risk country - we just attached this certificate to our application.

I'm giving advice as if I'm an expert but I applied in May 2018 and still no word.

Congratulations Kimberly!


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