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Old 11-23-2013, 10:14 PM
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I've read some information elsewhere this afternoon that I found really interesting. First, take this with a GIANT grain of salt. This came from other applicants, not professionals. Anyway, apparently Australia House (the London embassy) has sent out letters to multiple partner visa applicants who are still waiting. I'm not sure if it's ALL applicants, or only a subset (like only those from high-risk countries, or only those who are 309 applicants, or only those who are blonde, lol). No idea how they determined who got the letters. Anyway, multiple people on a UK-specific immigration forum have received one. These letters actually tell these applicants that visa processing times are about to get even longer, and they suggest applying for a tourist visa in order to be together while the application processes! Using a tourist visa to wait out a partner visa is, as we all know, technically something Immi frowns on, so I was really surprised to hear an embassy strongly suggesting it! Someone on that board said that they heard (again, this is like third-hand information, so... grain of salt!) the reason for the soon-to-be-even-worse processing times are the new government administration, and that they are currently examining all the partner visa subclasses to determine new regulations for each. Like I said - I have no idea if this is actually true, but if so... things could be heading in an even worse direction for partner visa processing times, at least for a while.

Obviously DC has sent out no such letter - and we don't even have verified that London did, just the reports of a few people - so I wouldn't be taking any different actions as a result of it, necessarily. Just wanted to share what I'd read.
I would also wonder if the longer processing times has anything to do with the jobs that the new government is slashing?!? I am not 100% sure how the staffing works in the embassy, but I would assume that they are all funded by Australia, therefore the slashing of the jobs would affect them too.

Where I work, my team leader was checking the jobs section and there was not a single job in the government department where I work .... that has never happened in the 5 years I have worked there .... until now.

All I can say is, that I am glad that we have applied now if the wait times are going to get worse.

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Yes, I'd imagine it wouldn't, Missmontie, which is a good thing. But it could still cause time delays for processing.
Do you guys think this new time line long long miserable long timeline will be just for new applicants or for applicants who have already applied in 2013 and their application is under process already?


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Yes, I am going on an ETA. I've already applied for one, just in case there are any override issues. Like, if the partner visa came before I left, it would override the ETA, but if the partner visa had come through without me knowing, and I applied for the ETA, it might override the partner visa. I'm not sure if it works that way
If you have a partner visa granted that you are not aware of, you will not be able to apply online for an ETA. We tried to get an ETA and were told at the end of the application that it could not be granted as there was already a Visa in place, expiring 2033.

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Do you guys think this new time line long long miserable long timeline will be just for new applicants or for applicants who have already applied in 2013 and their application is under process already?
Considering we've already got tons of people waiting 7-8 months+ I'm thinking it's already having an effect...

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Hi , I've been lurking for some time now - can you add us to the list ?

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Hi guys. Whats that eta means ....
Also someone was saying that embassy is saying we can apply for tourist visa .. Can anybody explain me


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Electronic Travel Authority (I think)
It's basically a Visa that is tied electronically to your passport, allowing 3 month blocks of visitation with 12 months in total. Often applied for and granted so as to allow family members to be together while another Visa is being processed.

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Hi guys. Whats that eta means ....
Also someone was saying that embassy is saying we can apply for tourist visa .. Can anybody explain me

It is an electronic travel authority
https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp
To apply for an ETA online through this website, you must hold a passport from one of the following countries:

Brunei - Darussalam
Canada
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Japan
Malaysia
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Korea, Rep of (South)
United States
If you do not hold a passport from any of the above countries, you cannot apply for an ETA online. You may be eligible to apply for an ETA through a travel agent, airline or an Australian visa office. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for other types of electronic visitor visas. See: Welcome to DIBP

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After I emailed ML directly, she emailed back saying my case officer has been changed to RM. Now I don't have her contact details either, so it seems like it will be difficult to contact my new case officer. I'm not sure if my new CO even knows I am planning on leaving the country.

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Grapejuice, Ms. M. has always responded quickly to my migration agent. Her email address is the same as ML, just her firstname.lastname instead of ML's. If you need more info, just PM me.

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