Its taking so long-any ideas?

Go Back   Living and Working in Australia Forum With Immigration and Travel Information > Living in Australia > Visas and immigration

Visas and immigration The Australia Forum for visas, immigration and migration to Australia. Please use this section to discuss all your immigration and moving to Australia needs. Discuss visa types, time lines, submission dates, police checks and read our members' immigration success stories here.

Its taking so long-any ideas?


Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-08-2009, 03:00 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 6
Please update your flag here .

Unhappy Its taking so long-any ideas?

Hi, I applied in person for a de-facto visa on 30 June in Melbourne and was advised that I would be allocated to a case worker within 6-8 weeks. Its now been 10 weeks and I called immigration yesterday and have been told that I have still not been allocated a case worker and it could take up to 6 months. My current visa (457) expires in January so im not particularly concerned about that as I am aware they can always grant a bridging visa. However im having some issues at work and im feeling really stuck as I cant change jobs on the 457 visa. I feel like im in limbo which is frustrating.
From what iv seen on this forum most people get through the process in a few months-has anyone taken longer? Has anyone been able to rush their application through? The only thing I can think of is I applied the day before they increased the fee by $500-so im guessing a lot of people may have applied at the same time.

Thanks for any advice


  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-08-2009, 04:09 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 228
Please update your flag here .

44 likes received
^ you're probably right about that.

In saying that though, not to discourage, but I'm applying in the U.S and was told there was no way it was going to take less than 4 months for my visa to process..... don't know if its true, but apparently they are swamped in the States too.

Just remember--the person told you six months as an average, you might get lucky.

Have you done all your police checks and all that? medicals? that's what they will tell you when you get a case officer to get those done so if you haven't, get on to it so at least they will have all the info when you do get a case officer.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you if you keep your crossed for me for the processing to hurry up! =)


  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-09-2009, 12:20 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1
Please update your flag here .

Quote:
Originally Posted by hels View Post
Hi, I applied in person for a de-facto visa on 30 June in Melbourne and was advised that I would be allocated to a case worker within 6-8 weeks. Its now been 10 weeks and I called immigration yesterday and have been told that I have still not been allocated a case worker and it could take up to 6 months. My current visa (457) expires in January so im not particularly concerned about that as I am aware they can always grant a bridging visa. However im having some issues at work and im feeling really stuck as I cant change jobs on the 457 visa. I feel like im in limbo which is frustrating.
From what iv seen on this forum most people get through the process in a few months-has anyone taken longer? Has anyone been able to rush their application through? The only thing I can think of is I applied the day before they increased the fee by $500-so im guessing a lot of people may have applied at the same time.

Thanks for any advice
You should be able to change employer anytime as long as your new employer is a sponsor or willing to sponsor 457 visa workers. Please advise all 457 workers to join the union(Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) is respected. To many 457 workers are getting ripped off or given bad information from the employer.


Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-09-2009, 03:39 AM
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 2
Please update your flag here .

We lodged application for de facto visa on 20/07/09 in Melbourne(in person). At that time, the girl at the reception desk told us that it would be at least 10 weeks to get c/o assigned. So we were expecting contacts from c/o probably at the end of Sep - but surprisingly, we received a letter saying that our visa approved yesterday - and the decision was made on 04/09/09! It was less than 7 weeks from lodgement to approval, without any contact or request or whatsoever from DIAC(probably because we frontloaded everything - meds, pcc and form 80).

this was totally unexpected, as we had been gathering second batch of evidence just in case! I think your case may be under process now, it might be just that DIAC main helpline is not really up to date as to c/o assignment. I'm sure you will hear a good news soon, fingers crossed!


  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-14-2009, 10:18 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 6
Please update your flag here .

Thanks for the replies-its so frustrating. Iv now heard of three people who applied after us, who have been granted the visa. Im going to give them another call tomorrow-I really need some good news. Il ask if I should get the medical tests-not sure if I need them as I had medicals when I applied for the 457 visa 18 months ago.

Hels


  #6 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2009, 02:02 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 6
Please update your flag here .

Angry

Well, I called Immigration on Monday and they informed me that they had been writing to me. After some investigation it turned out that a clerical error was made when I submitted my defacto application and whilst they changed my residential address they did not update my postal address. This really frustrates me as when I lodged my 457 visa application they lost my documents!! grr. Anyway the woman I spoke to said I had now been allocated a case worker (yay!!) and that she would ask her to resend the letters (plural!!) that they had sent me. Its now Friday and I havent received anything-starting to wonder if I should call back. ANyone have any thoughts?


  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2009, 04:34 AM
Wanderer's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 7,467
Please update your flag here .

139 likes received
Yes, there are humans at work there too along with their computerisation.
Depending on where you are, mail will take at least two days and from the time someone tells someone else and they get to do it, getting something next week seems about right.

There is not someone there sitting at a desk with just your application you have to realise or I hope that is not how my tax is being spent!





Last edited by Wanderer; 09-19-2009 at 10:45 PM.

  #8 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2009, 04:49 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 6
Please update your flag here .

Thanks wanderer, I know theyre only human. I work for the government too!! Im just frustrated I guess. Iv actually just spoken to a super helpful person at immi and they have sent out the letter today, she was able to explain to some extent the details of the letter-although im still confused-hoping someone here might be able to help. The letter is to give to medicare to inform them I have applied for a partner visa so that I can get medicare-does this mean I will get full medicare whilst my application is been processed rather than just reciprocal healthcare. I was paying for overseas visitor health insurance until a month ago when I decided the cost was too much-Recently my doc has said he would like me to have some tests related to family history (not emergency-however has started me worrying) and I am waiting for medicare card so I can register for normal health insurance before organising the tests. Appreciate any advice!


  #9 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2009, 09:17 AM
Wanderer's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 7,467
Please update your flag here .

139 likes received
I would not expect that you'll be eligible to get medicare coverage other than what the 457 allows for until you do get the partner visa hels re: Partner Visa: Onshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 820 and 801)

Maybe the sending of the letter is an omen of you getting a pleasant notification soon enough hels.
Maybe no interview like fessasum!

Whilst I agree with checks on bonafide it has always seemed to me to be a bit of an unwieldy approach with partner visas where evidence of a relationship is fairly obvious, that being more so when an application is lodged with noth people being here in Australia and as with yourself, an applicant already on a work visa.

Hopefully they are streamlining their processing to cope with more easily determined situations, and yes, despite all the bureaucracy all people on the front line I've ever dealt with at immi have been receptive and helpful.

So may good news be around the corner.





Last edited by Wanderer; 09-19-2009 at 10:46 PM.

  #10 (permalink)  
Old 09-19-2009, 09:25 AM
Susan Wareham McGrath's Avatar
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Brisbane and Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 7
Please update your flag here .

3 likes received
Hi Hels

I realise this isn't your main concern, but it might make you feel a little less stressed to know that you actually can change jobs on a 457 visa.

And as of last Monday, current 457 visa holders who want to change employers (within the validity of their current visa) don't have to apply for a new Subclass 457 visa.

Best regards
Susan


Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spouse visa (309) processing taking too long sanjoyroy Visas and immigration 5 01-30-2013 07:39 PM
Home Business Ideas ChristineSutherland Business and investment 3 10-05-2011 08:35 AM
Holiday Ideas Bear Travel questions 2 09-08-2011 09:43 PM
BETTINA ARNDT on Big Ideas RonPrice General chit-chat and news 0 05-19-2011 12:49 PM

LEGAL NOTICE
By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.


All times are GMT. The time now is 02:22 PM.




Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
AustraliaForum.com