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Old 02-02-2015, 11:51 PM
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Wow surprised you've waited 4 months for FBI... got mine in 6 weeks
I got mine back in July last year in 4 weeks. Then I got a little surprise when they asked for my wife (an Aussie) to get hers. (We have an adopted son) the FBI put into place a new system and went offline for 2 months. And have fallen behind more and more every week.. Current FBI is 16-18 weeks according to the call to them today.

Don't forget your FBI is only good for a year. If you apply now and it takes 10 months your old one will not work and you will need a new one.

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i believe it expires when you got your medical or police check done?(their year is up) im sure i'll be corrected if im wrong ....
That is what I understand to be the case.. But the CO has the power to give you a few months extra if needed (case by case )

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Old 02-03-2015, 12:15 AM
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Can someone please sum up the average processing time if I file now offshore w/ DC? I've been so furious about the fee changes that I tossed this idea aside for awhile. I waited months for the AUD to keep dropping so I could do this, then they jumped the fees anyways. So maddening and insulting.
For PMVs, it's generally about 7 months, with the shortest being 5 and longest 9, for those that are listed on the first page of this thread.
I haven't looked in detail at the 309s, but the recent ones are 6-7 months, with one approval (from what looked to be a very straightforward case) at 5 months.


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I think we just got assigned a CO! Yay!
We received an email today asking for a few more documents:
-FBI check (we're at 10 weeks wait time currently)
-sponsors birth certifiicate
-sponsors history of relationship statement (which is weird because I thought I answered that in to 40/47 documents we did online)

And it was signed off from 'M'. Does that mean she is our CO?!
My heart is racing!!!
ML? She seems to really be the only CO working on Partner Visa cases in DC at the moment, with RM (the senior CO) handling overflow, and cases that are ready for grant. Most embassies aren't really "assigning" COs anymore - whoever is available works on them. Take a deep breath.

As to the sponsor's history of relationship statement -

You filled out both the applicant's application AND the sponsor's application online, correct?Two separate applications. Both applications would have had a section for history of your relationship - the applicant's should have been written in the applicant's own words, and the sponsor's in the sponsor's own words. If you did that, then perhaps just gently let her know you completed that as part of the sponsor's online application form, you said [copy and paste what you said here - it's possible to view your application after you submitted it], and to please let you know if she can't find it. That way all bases are covered.

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That is what I understand to be the case.. But the CO has the power to give you a few months extra if needed (case by case )
Yep, what they told me last week was that they have the option of extending the earliest expiry date (FBI, local police, or medical checks) by three months, and your entry date is tied to that. So, my local police check was the first of my three to expire. It was issued on March 10, 2014; She gave me an entry date 3 months later than that, so I have to enter by June 10, 2015.
And, if you're on a PMV, you have 9 months from the date of grant (NOT date of entry) to get married and apply for the 820, or leave the country! Or become unlawful, I guess, if you did neither.


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Thanks CollegeGirl!

I have attached my birth certificate, as well as a relationship history statement and sent an email reply just letting her know I thought I'd already done that within 'this section of the sponsorship application, on this page but attached another statement seperately just in case.'

I'm not sure if it's ML. She only signed a first name

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I got mine back in July last year in 4 weeks. Then I got a little surprise when they asked for my wife (an Aussie) to get hers. (We have an adopted son) the FBI put into place a new system and went offline for 2 months. And have fallen behind more and more every week.. Current FBI is 16-18 weeks according to the call to them today.

Don't forget your FBI is only good for a year. If you apply now and it takes 10 months your old one will not work and you will need a new one.
Very surprising and odd they asked for an Aussie citizen's. What are they going to do, deny her entry to the country? Is this only because you had an adopted child?


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Very surprising and odd they asked for an Aussie citizen's. What are they going to do, deny her entry to the country? Is this only because you had an adopted child?
Yes, we have a child on the application and the fact that we adopted him together 2 years ago seems not to make any difference to how they read the law.

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16 weeks after sending in my FBI check, I got an envelope in the mail today. So excited, I raced upstairs to open it- instead of finding my Identity History Summary inside, all I found was a form saying "the quality of my fingerprints is too low to be used" and I must re-submit the entire application.

I am gutted, and now afraid I'll have to wait another 4 months just for the FBI check - has this happened to anyone before? I'm hoping there is a number to call and someone to advise me on how to expedite this correction and not go to the back of the queue.

I got my fingerprints taken at a local police precinct and can't believe this has happened. The FBI charged my card in October and never said a peep about this.

Would love all and any suggestions/advice!
Great update on this! After re-submitting my fingerprints to the FBI 2 weeks ago, I received my identity history summary back today! Phew. Right after I resent, I called the number that Heats had suggested and spoke to someone very nice and understanding who put a special request in so I wouldn't have to wait ANOTHER 4 months.

I believe this is the last document I need to upload, so hopefully should be hearing from a case officer soon!
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Great update on this! After re-submitting my fingerprints to the FBI 2 weeks ago, I received my identity history summary back today! Phew. Right after I resent, I called the number that Heats had suggested and spoke to someone very nice and understanding who put a special request in so I wouldn't have to wait ANOTHER 4 months.

I believe this is the last document I need to upload, so hopefully should be hearing from a case officer soon!
Good to hear. Hey, I'm also from NYC, and (considering) going to Aus (Mel not Syd though, although I wish I could go to Sydney...) on partner visa. So curious to see how you like it and manage the adjustment! Are you a native new yorker or transplant?


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