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Old 09-16-2019, 11:59 PM
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Hi all,

We finally received the visa grant notice yesterday - such a relief after over 15 months of waiting! To help those currently in the process here’s an outline of our timeline:

Application date: June 2018
Further info requested: August 2019
Visa grant: September 2019

In terms of info provided, we supplied on application: application form; form 80 for myself (the applicant); joint bank statements; joint tenancy agreements; joint mortgage documents; a print off of our Facebook friendship timeline; a police certificate for myself; various other letters indicating that we resided in the same house over a significant period of time. At the time of our application you could call the embassy directly (before moving to global service numbers) and they indicated that because our application was off-shore we did not need to certify any of the documents and that photocopies were acceptable. We never encountered any issues so I assume this advice was correct.

We heard absolutely nothing until last month when a case officer got in touch requesting a personal statement from both of us (I think this is compulsory so best to send on application), and a new police certificate. After sending both promptly (2 weeks after - the time to get a new certificate) it’s taken just under 2 weeks for the embassy to approve our visa.

Good luck to everyone!


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Old 09-17-2019, 06:36 AM
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London461 that’s great to hear. Good luck on your adventures. Thanks for the info


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Old 10-10-2019, 01:39 PM
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Just a quick update on our progress:

Visa Application Submitted: Friday 27th September 2019
Request For Further Information: Wednesday 9th October 2019

They've asked for:

1) Evidence of our continued relationship for the last 6 months (We have been together 12 years/married for 8), which can include:
Joint financial or legal documents (mortgage, bank account, utility bills, wills)
Individual financial or legal documents showing the same address
Statutory declarations or statements from friends and family no more than 2

2) Statements from my husband and I about how we met etc

3) A police check (we did not submit one with the application)

4) A SIGNED copy of my husbands passport - he forgot to sign it and I didnt even notice!

Was a little shocked/delighted to hear back within 2 WEEKS of submitting - had wrongly assumed our application would be sat on a shelf forever and a day


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Old 10-10-2019, 07:09 PM
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This is Awesome! What did you include in your initial application ?

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Originally Posted by Kiwimel123 View Post
Just a quick update on our progress:

Visa Application Submitted: Friday 27th September 2019
Request For Further Information: Wednesday 9th October 2019

They've asked for:

1) Evidence of our continued relationship for the last 6 months (We have been together 12 years/married for 😎, which can include:
• Joint financial or legal documents (mortgage, bank account, utility bills, wills)
• Individual financial or legal documents showing the same address
• Statutory declarations or statements from friends and family – no more than 2

2) Statements from my husband and I about how we met etc

3) A police check (we did not submit one with the application)

4) A SIGNED copy of my husbands passport - he forgot to sign it and I didnt even notice!

Was a little shocked/delighted to hear back within 2 WEEKS of submitting - had wrongly assumed our application would be sat on a shelf forever and a day <img src="http://www.australiaforum.com/images/smilies/redface.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Embarrassment" class="inlineimg" />


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Old 10-14-2019, 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Kiwimel123 View Post
Just a quick update on our progress:

Visa Application Submitted: Friday 27th September 2019
Request For Further Information: Wednesday 9th October 2019

They've asked for:

1) Evidence of our continued relationship for the last 6 months (We have been together 12 years/married for 8), which can include:
Joint financial or legal documents (mortgage, bank account, utility bills, wills)
Individual financial or legal documents showing the same address
Statutory declarations or statements from friends and family no more than 2

2) Statements from my husband and I about how we met etc

3) A police check (we did not submit one with the application)

4) A SIGNED copy of my husbands passport - he forgot to sign it and I didnt even notice!

Was a little shocked/delighted to hear back within 2 WEEKS of submitting - had wrongly assumed our application would be sat on a shelf forever and a day
Hey KiwiMel,

Has your visa been approved yet?


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Old 10-20-2019, 10:13 PM
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Hi Everyone, first post :-)

I applied for my 461 in April 2019. I received a request for more information on 16th August 2019. Like everyone else I'm eagerly awaiting the grant of my visa.

Does anyone know in what order they are processing applications? I assume it's first in first out but that doesn't explain why the range in processing time on this thread being between 5 and 15 months.

I was excited to be asked for more information after 4 months but haven't heard back from my case officer since then. It's unclear at which point the London office are checking applications. It feels like most are done when it's their turn which makes it a little confusing for mine to come after 4 months and then not to hear back.


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Old 10-20-2019, 10:17 PM
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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
Hey Kimberley, could you give some more details on your application? At 7 months you are one of the fastest I've seen. Do you have any thoughts on why yours was so speedy? Great to know it's possible!


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Hi Everyone, first post :-)

I applied for my 461 in April 2019. I received a request for more information on 16th August 2019. Like everyone else I'm eagerly awaiting the grant of my visa.

Does anyone know in what order they are processing applications? I assume it's first in first out but that doesn't explain why the range in processing time on this thread being between 5 and 15 months.

I was excited to be asked for more information after 4 months but haven't heard back from my case officer since then. It's unclear at which point the London office are checking applications. It feels like most are done when it's their turn which makes it a little confusing for mine to come after 4 months and then not to hear back.

Hi Alasdair461,

We applied in May 2018, were asked for a new Police Check in August 2019 and sent it straight away but haven't heard back since either - so you are not alone! Very odd!

Keep us informed of your progress


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Old 10-21-2019, 04:35 AM
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Hi Alasdair461. We too applied April 2019. Also request for police check Aug 2019 (even though they already had it). And ditto, nothing since. Seems there was a real flurry of activity in August from this thread.


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Old 10-21-2019, 06:06 AM
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Hi Everyone, first post :-)



Does anyone know in what order they are processing applications? I assume it's first in first out but that doesn't explain why the range in processing time on this thread being between 5 and 15 months.

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They have some very opaque algorithms for this and it's certainly not first in / first out.

The fastest I've had in London this year is exactly 5 months.

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